Whether it's flushing the toilet or washing your hands in your bathroom sink, you expect the water to flow down the drain without any resistance. If you're experiencing a drain issue in your home, you know that the exact opposite is often true. Dealing with a slow drain is nothing shy of a major annoyance. Find out what might be causing your slow drain issues so that you can quickly resolve the problem.
If the drain issue is occurring within your toilet, this is generally an indication that someone has flushed something down the toilet that they shouldn't have. While there are obvious clog triggers like feminine hygiene products, there are a number of seemingly innocent objects that can result in a clog, including diaper wipes, dental floss and cotton-tip swabs.
Your first course of action should be to grab a flange plunger. Flange plungers fit tightly over the toilet drain opening and force bursts of water through the drain in an effort to release the object. Make sure you aren't using a traditional, cup style plunger as it won't be able to fit over the drain as tightly, limiting its effectiveness. If the plunger doesn't work, this means the object has made its way deeper down the line and requires professional removal.
Consider recent habits when dealing with a slow drain in the kitchen sink. A common culprit is grease. When you pour oil down the drain, it solidifies, creating an obstruction that prevents water from flowing through freely, leading to a slow drain. Try to remove the clog by inserting a tiny droplet of grease fighting dish soap down the drain and turning on the hot water to try and soften the grease and allow it to pass through.
Another reason for a kitchen sink drain problem is poor venting, especially if you're having this problem with a new sink installation. If the drain was installed without accurate venting and it is not at the right slope, this reduces the rate at which water drains out. In this case, you need a plumber to inspect the installation to verify its accuracy and make any necessary repairs to resolve the problem.
If you're dealing with slow drains in your home, don't hesitate to call on a plumber like those at Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc. In addition to resolving the problem for you, a plumber can also offer tips that can help you avoid this problem in the future.