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How to Fix a Slow Draining Bathroom Sink

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Hi! Don Kennedy with ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati. As part of our ongoing "How-to" series, today we want to take a look at, How to Fix a Slow Draining Bathroom Sink. You know, many of us have had this problem one time or another. We go to wash our hands or brush our teeth, and the sink simply fills up with water because the drain doesn't seem to want to do its job. Now this is a job that most homeowners can fix on their own. It simply involves getting underneath the sink cleaning out the p-trap, and pop-up drain and I'm going to show you how to do that next. So join me as we climb under the sink together, and we take a look at the plumbing that is underneath your bathroom sink. Here you can see what is called, "the p-trap." It is kind of shaped like the letter "P" Hence the name. And this is where a lot of hair and other debris gets stuck and backs up the drain. All right. Here we are underneath the sink. I know it's a little tight with both of us in here together. But bear with me, this won't take long at all. It is pretty quick to clean one of these p-traps out. And get out all junk that inside of there out, so that the drain is moving again. What you're going to need, is a set of channel lock pliers like this... they are big giant ones that kind of expand and contract like that. And if you don't have a bucket, just use an old tupperware bin like this. Don't tell your wife... you can just wash it out later, fellas... and she won't even know you used it. So all we need to do, is take of this collar here. I'm just going to unscrew it... just be gentle. It is plastic, so you know, it can gouge. So you just gently unscrew this nut here. And there is one more on the back side. Don't forget that one. So some of that water is coming out. Just let it drain. You know, while we're letting it drain, this is a good time to show you why they designed this, what's called a "p-trap" to work this way. There's always water in the bottom of these traps and what that does, is to create a barrier of air between your drain and your sink. That way all those nasty sewer gasses, can't come back up into the house. And you'll notice sometimes if you haven't been at home for some time or haven't used a sink for a really long time, you'll notice that foul sewer smell coming from that sink? It is probably because this p-trap is dry. OK. Looks like all the water has drained out. We'll just finish unscrewing both of these nuts. More water will come out. It should slide right out. Now, there's a little bit of tasty stuff Right in there... not too bad, looks pretty clear. But, looks like we got a hair ball in there. So, uh, I won't gross you out. So, carefully remove it and throw it away. And it should loosen the drain right up. You know, I told you I wasn't going to gross you out, but it is just too good... I've got to share it with you. Ahhh, it's not so bad, I don't know if you can see this in there. You can see some of that is all sludged-up and blocked... that's what is causing our drain problem. OK... that's enough, I won't gross you out. Just had to share. All right, the second area where these things get gummed up, is in this area called the pop up. I don't know if you can see that right here. And, right next to it is a nut, that allows you to take that thing off. You know there is that thing on your faucet, that you can pull up and down and it makes the pop up go up and down? That's what is attached to this rod here. Of course, that mechanism that is in here provides an obstruction for hair and other stuff to get caught in. I can't really hold the camera here, and show you, but I'm going to disassemble this and show you that it is important to clean this out as well. I don't know if you can see that I pulled that rod out... its got a bunch of sludge and junk on it, so I won't gross you out anymore, but we're going to go and clean that whole mechanism out thoroughly and then reassemble. Now comes the fun part. We get to check our work! See how the drain works now! (water running) (water running) And it drains quickly. Don't forget to check the bottom side of your piping, as you are running some water to sure you don't have leaks. So I'm running the water above and I'm just going to feel around all of these make sure there is no water, no dampness coming out. You know, while you're down here too, You might want to check the supply valves--make sure they are still loose--and good. That they aren't leaking, or that there is any corrosion on there. Failure to change these things out, results in a ton of water damage which guys like us get to fix later and that gets costly! Well, thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed this video and found it informative. If you'd like more information, about home repair or our company and how we can help you... Visit us online at: If you're in the Cincinnati area and have a question for us, you can reach us at (513) 724-0539 And as always, we'd love to be your your friend on Facebook. Keyword: "ProMaster Craftsmen"

Video Details

Duration: 5 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati
Director: Don Kennedy
Views: 484
Posted by: handymancincy on Oct 14, 2010

All of us can relate to that frustrating experience of a slow draining or clogged bathroom sink. In this article and video, Don Kennedy of ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati will show you how to fix a slow draining bathroom sink.

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