Daily handwashing, toothpaste and other personal hygiene products can lead to serious plumbing buildup. Soap scum clings to the inside of your pipes and grabs onto hair and other particulates. Eventually, your bathroom sink starts draining more and more slowly until it’s barely draining at all.
While it’s easy to reach for the nearest bottle of chemical drain cleaner, you may want to think twice. Protect your home’s plumbing and avoid costly damage by following this advice from Natchez Heating & Cooling. If your sink is seriously clogged, causing additional plumbing issues or if you’re ready for professional help, reach out to our team.
What Causes A Slow-Draining Sink
Your bathroom sink is visited daily. Between washing hands, brushing teeth, shaving, removing makeup and all the other activities, your sink goes through a lot of use! It’s no wonder those products, grime, hair and soap scum can build up and clog your bathroom drains.
A slow-draining sink can be avoided by making sure hair and other debris don’t make it down the drain. Use a hair trap to catch loose strands and always dispose of makeup wipes, paper and other products in the trash.
What Not To Do With A Stopped-Up Drain
Your home’s plumbing isn’t designed to handle anything you send down the drain. Clogs, extreme temperature changes and caustic chemicals can damage your pipes, leading to leaks and other expenses. Here are some things to avoid when trying to unblock a clogged drain.
No Boiling Water
Boiling water is not safe for all types of plumbing systems. If your pipes are older or made of PVC, boiling water can warp the plastic or melt the joins. Save yourself the headache of unnecessary repairs and avoid sending boiling water down your bathroom sink.
Chemical drain cleaners (no matter the brand name) are designed to dissolve, burn or eat away at pipe clogs. While this may sound ideal, these products don’t disappear once they’re done clearing your pipe. They can sit in your plumbing and grow excessively hot, leading to pipe corrosion. With repeated use, they can make their way into the ground via pipe leaks and find their way into the water supply.
No Coat Hangers
Some homeowners attempt to remove a clog by forcing a bent coat hanger down their drain. We do not recommend this method, as the clog is usually too deep for the hanger to reach and you can cause damage to your pipes in the process.
No Extra Water
Once you realize your sink is draining slowly, stop adding water in an attempt to flush the pipe clean. All you’ll succeed in doing is filling up your sink with more water that won’t drain and making the job harder for the plumber who’s going to fix it.
Why You Need A Professional Drain Cleaner
If you’ve tried to remove the blockage and your sink is still not draining, it may be time to call a professional. Our plumbing team has years of experience and is committed to working hard for our customers.
We’ll quickly find the source of your clog and use the latest methods to eliminate the blockage. Keep your plumbing running as it should and protect your home from costly leaks and damage with help from our team. It’s important to clean your drains the right way – so choose Natchez to do it for you!
Contact The Natchez Team Today
There’s no clog too big for our team. We can use different tactics to get the job done right the first time. From snaking and augering to disassembling and manually removing your sink blockages, we can do it all. Our methods are safe, effective and long-lasting, so you can rest assured you’re getting the service you deserve.
If you’re tired of your slow-draining sink, don’t despair. Reach out to our team to schedule your service today!