Have you ever turned on your faucet to wash your face, brush your teeth or fill up a cup of water and been met with an awful smell? Does your drain run extremely slow?
If you are experiencing this awful smell or clogged drains, then you may be up for much-needed drain care.
Most bathroom sinks have a stopper in them that is used to fill up the sink as needed. These stoppers are operated by a lever that connects to a rod that goes directly through the center of the downpipe located under the sink. This rod can act as a “hanger”, catching hair and other objects which builds up and begins to restrict the flow of water. There are a few ways to remedy this, some more effective and environmentally friendly than others.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with slow drains and/ or “stinky” drains.
- This is our preferred and suggested first step. It is the most effective in our experience and is environmentally friendly. At your local hardware (or Walmart) store ask for “BrassCraft BC00400 ZipIt® Drain Cleaning Tool”. Using this tool follow the instructions and work to clean out the upper part of the drain. Once you have removed what you can, flush out the pipe with warm water. You may want to do this quarterly or more often if needed.
- You can sanitize your p-trap and pipe by pouring about ½ a cup of bleach down the drain slowly, taking precautions not to splash on items or yourself. Then close the drain stop and let the bleach set for 4+ hours. After the allotted time has passed, fill the sink with warm water and before the water level reaches the overflow drain open the drain stop to flush out the pipe. This is often a good step to take after cleaning with the drain cleaning tool. NEVER do this right before using the drain cleaning tool as you do not want bleach getting spread around from the tool.
- In particularly stubborn situations where the drain is not flowing and you are unable to clear it up using the steps above, then it’s time to contact a plumber. You can of course try some other liquid drain clearing options found at your local hardware store, but these are often harsh chemicals that are bad for your home and the environment and if you have taken the steps above and continue to have issues, a chemical may not solve the issue. We recommend bringing in a professional at this point.
Taking care to eliminate the amount of rogue hair that gets down your drains is the number one step a person can take to maintain well running drains that do not smell overly offensive!
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