My bathroom sink is draining slowly. How do you remove the stopper and clean it?
The answer is on this website. Just go to search box above and type in "how to clear clogged drains". Everything you need to know is there.
But I do have one thing to add: You gotta get a Zip-It tool. I got one at Home Depot for $2. Perfect for pulling clogs out of drains. As one of my plumber friends said, "best plumbing tool of the 21st century". The website is zipitclean.com.
Do not forget to keep the drains clean from time to time with a liquid pipe cleaner. WHY? Next to hair being a culprit, every time you wash your hands after applying gel to your hair, that "glue" will collect in the pipe and build up...and attract the hair to the glue. So, simply letting it go will only allow the problem to occur over and over. Remember, if it is strong enough to hold you hair in place...imagine what it does to your drain on daily basis. SImply remove the hair will not cure the overall picture.
As a plumber, I agree with the zip strip, they do work great. I personally would never use any drain cleaner. It is very strong and dangerous. Many plumbers including myself will not work on someones drain if we know that they have put drain cleaner down the drain. Aside from the zip strip, if you purchase an actual sink plunger, they work great. Yes there are actually plungers that are designed for toilets and sinks. The key to plunging is that you are not trying to push items through but are trying to pull the items up via the vacuum created by plunging. Many people are unaware of the proper way to use a plunger.
Best of luck
I think I invented a low-rent (not that $2 is high rent) version of the zippit a few months ago. I just took a wire clothes hanger, straightened the triangle part, and shoved it down my shower drain (granted, the zippit will fit better in tight spots). When all that hair came out, I told my wife I pulled a dead rat out of the drain - it was a believable story looking at all that hair. I also recommended she get a crew cut - for some reason that didn't fly :)
You may want give this a try:
Pour some baking soda over the drain, then "slowly" pour some vinegar on it (flashback to grade school science class). The foaming chemical reaction is supposed to result in a similar but safer version of the store-bought foaming drain cleaners.
After you pour the vinegar, wait 10 minutes then pour several cups of boiling water down the drain.
I can't remember where I heard of this tip but I did try it once and it seemed to open up the drain a little better. I would be curious if anyone else has success with this. Sorry if it doesn't work but it may be worth a try.
I completely agree. NEVER use drain cleaners. They are very toxic. Also if you have to call a plumber he will not be to happy that you used those cleaners because it is hard on the cables they use to free the clogs with.
Instead of chemical cleaners, every month or so (more often if hair loss and makeup residue is a part of your life) , boil a pot of hot water and slowly pour it down the drain. Works like a charm, even to unblock drains.
The previously mentioned sink plunger: it is much smaller than a toilet plunger, costs $3 and is a great tool. When you use it, either remove the drain stopper (preferred) or hold it in the open position. Also, block off the sink overflow with tape or plastic to increase the suction and prevent a sudden torrent of backwash once you get the plunger going.
If the plunger doesn't unblock the drain, then you may have to disconnect the drain and snake-out the blockage. If you are not a dedicated DYI'er, then you may want to call in a professional to take over the problem. The blockage may be WAY down the line and if you don't have the proper snake (length) and know-how, this could turn out to be a very frustrating and messy experience.
SOLVED!!! I found the easiest solution for this issue (Stay with me, it's worth it). My wife and Daughter have long hear and every bathroom sink they use is clogged, or draining slowly. I went on the internet, thnking of "Nair" and found solutions like sulfuric acid, "grey bottle" draino... every solution you could think of, but, like another post here, I don't like chemicals. I'll use them, but I don't like them.
The solution, GARDEN HOSE... point it down the drain, pull the trigger and WHAM!! - clog gone. I have treated all my drains and hopefully (I am not a plumber) everything is staying together. Yes, you get a bit wet with some of them but wow... what a great solution. Credit goes to some other person on the internet but... you gotta love the results.
If you live in an apartment building with no hose... sorry, no solution from me... but I'm betting on Nair from what have seen.
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