How to Fix a Slow Drain

How to Fix a Slow Drain

If your bathroom or kitchen sink seems to be draining even slower than usual, then your drains are likely clogged. This is a very common problem and can easily be fixed by the homeowner. Some helpful tips to help fix a slow drain include the following: 

  • Flush the drain with hot water: This will help to loosen any items that are clogging your pipes. If this does not work the first time, try repeating this procedure by continually filling your sink up with hot water and allowing it to fully drain. 
  • Prevent the problem from occurring again: If you do not already have one, make sure to put a mesh stopper in your drain to help catch food, hair, or other items that may go down the drain. You should clean out the stopper on a regular basis by simply disposing of anything it collects in the trash. 
  • Use good old-fashioned drain cleaner: These powerful formulas can help to dissolve hair, grease, soap scum, and other items that may be causing your drain to clog. Your local plumber in Jersey City can likely recommend which products are necessary to achieve the desired results. They may even carry a supply of products that are proven to work. 
  • Clear the sink overflow: This can be accomplished with a long zip tie or with a rubber hose. The best way to do this is to fill the sink up with warm water, high enough so that some of the water can run down the overflow. You can then put one end of the rubber hose against the overflow opening and then blow several puffs of air through. Drain the sink and follow the same steps with the rubber hose. Repeat until the air blows through the overflow opening without resistance. 
  • Invest in a zip-it tool or drain snake: The zip-it tool works similarly to a drain snake because they can both reach down to clear out any hair or debris that has collected in the drain. 

If all else fails, it is time to call a professional plumber in Jersey City. The problem may lie deeper than you think and it is important to take care of the problem right away, before it becomes any worse. A plumber will take care of the problem once and for all and can even provide helpful recommendations on steps you can take in the future to help prevent another issue from occurring.

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