Slow Draining Sinks

As certified Markham plumbers, one of the most common residential plumbing issues we see or hear about is slow draining sinks. This most commonly occurs due to the buildup of hair, grease, dirt and other substances that are routinely find their way into the sink and eventually down the drain during normal day to day usage. With time, this detritus can form a blockage which will continue to grow and decrease the available area for water to flow through the drain pipes. If ignored long enough, the pipe can eventually become completely blocked and stop the water flow all together.

Thankfully, this is a very easily handled issue that can be handled by the majority of homeowners without the need to call a professional Markham plumber. The first thing you should do when you notice the drain’s flow rate starting to slow is to buy some Liquid-Plumber, Drain-o or similar product which is designed specifically for this kind of issue and use it according to the directions on the bottle. The fact that these products are household names and so widely available should give you a fair idea of how common of a problem this really is.

If the chemical treatment fails to restore your drain to its former, free-flowing self, then you will need to check the P-trap for a blockage. This is the point where many people will call a Markham plumber, but unless you really feel uncomfortable, it is a very simple process.

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The p-trap (pictured above) gets its name from the fact that it is shaped roughly like the letter ‘P’ laying on its side. These are legally required to be installed on all drains to keep a pocket of water in their bend and prevent dangerous sewer gasses from backing up into your home. It can be easily disconnected via the two large nuts at either end of the trap and removed. Before you do this, it is important that you place a bucket or other container below it as the water in the bend and any water in the sink if your drain is completely blocked will flow out as soon as the trap is removed.

With the trap disconnected, you will be able to clearly see if a blockage in this area is causing your problems. If it is, you can clear it out by hand and then reinstall the trap. If the trap is clear, then you unfortunately have a much larger problem causing your slow drain flow and it is going to require a call to your certified Markham plumber.

Have you ever replaced a P-trap or done any other simple plumbing repairs? We’d love to hear about your experiences and any advice you can share with your fellow readers.