You wouldn't have to deal with stopped up sinks if you lived before indoor plumbing, but you would have to run to the pump or well every single time you wanted to wash your face. Since indoor plumbing has become widespread, homeowners have enjoyed the benefits and headaches of this amazing development. The first plumbing discovered was found in the Indus River Valley in India and dated at 6000 years old. Since then, there have been leaps and bounds in the development of plumbing that has led to the convenience that you enjoy in your home today. So, if you sink is stopped up, take a moment to marvel at your bathroom vanity and then follow these simple steps.
Bathroom Sink Vanities How To
Hair is usually the clog culprit in the bathroom. The clog can be a nuisance when you're trying brush your teeth, wash your face, or shave as the water backs up leaving a grimy pool in your sink.
* With a plunger over the drain, add water to cover the plunger lip and form a seal.
* Plunge straight up and down a few times. When you remove the plunger, the clog should be free. You may have to repeat these steps for a stubborn clog.
You've tried the plunger technique and your clog still isn't budging. It's now time to go for the pipes:
* Clear out the cabinet under your bathroom vanity, and place a bucket underneath the drainpipe leading from the sink.
* Use a wrench to unscrew the trap, or curved part of the pipe, on both ends. Allow the water to drain into the bucket.
* Clean out the trap and replace, testing for leaks before you remove your bucket.
The clog may be in the sink's drain or the main waste line if there is no debris in the trap.