Troubleshooting And Correcting Slow And Sluggish Drains


Drains are one of the little things that make life more convenient and are often taken for granted. Under normal circumstances, the drain whisks away dirt and grime with the wastewater and you never need to think about it again. But, when things go wrong and your drain doesn't perform as expected, you can find yourself standing ankle deep in the shower or battling a sink full of nasty water. Knowing how to troubleshoot and correct common problems with slow or clogged drains is an important life skill nearly everyone needs to learn. Follow these tips to solve your slow or sluggish drains.

  1. Check whether the problem is effecting only one drain or whether all the drains in your home are sluggish. One sluggish or slow drain indicates there is a problem with the drain or plumbing directly connected to that fixture, while several sluggish drains may indicate a problem with your house's plumbing or sewer system. Each requires different solutions. See whole house plumbing issues if all your drains are slow.

  2. Clean out the drain to the sink by removing the drain stopper. The drain stopper typically sits inside the drain and can be lifted free of the drain. In some showers, the stopper may consist of a removable or stationary screen designed to catch debris and hair and prevent it from entering the drain. To clean the removable drain stopper, pull it out of the drain and use an old toothbrush to clean off the gunky soap and hair build up. To clean a drain screen in a shower, you can either purchase a small brush designed for this purpose or straighten a wire coat hanger and use that to hook and pull the hair from the drain.

  3. Clean the trap under the sink if cleaning the drain did not solve the problem. The sink trap looks like a U and sits immediately under the sink. It is designed to hold water and prevent sewer gases from coming up your drain. Sometimes the trap becomes filled with grease and other debris and prevents your drain from draining smoothly. Place a bucket or container under the trap and loosen the slip nuts on the trap with a pair of pliers. Unscrew the nuts until you can slide them away from the joints. Remove the trap and empty the debris into the bucket. If grease and other debris clings to the inside of the trap, wash it a bucket of hot, soapy water or scrape the grease from the pipe with an old spoon or scoop.

  4. Check the drain overflow hole. This hole is located near the rim of bathroom and laundry sinks and is designed to prevent the sink from overflowing if there is too much water in the basin. But, that's not its only purpose. The overflow hole also supplies the drain with air to make draining easier. A clogged overflow hole will create a vacuum in the plumbing and prevent your sink from draining properly. Clean out any residue in the overflow hole.

  5. Use a plumbing snake. Sometimes clogs of grease and waste form inside the drain pipe, obstructing the water flow. Running a plumbing snake down the pipes will often break up clogs and force them through the system.

Whole House Plumbing Issues

If all your drains are slow or sluggish, the problem is typically one that affects the entire home. Check these common culprits to troubleshoot the problem.

  1. Check the vent pipe to your plumbing. This is located outside the home either running up the side of the house or extending through the roof. The vent pipe vents sewer gases to the outside of your home, but it also maintains an air balance in the pipes. If the vent pipe is clogged or blocked, your drains may become slow or sluggish. Fallen leaves, snow, birds or rodents can fall into an uncovered pipe and block it. Remove the offending object and cover the end of the pipe with a screen to prevent further issues.

  2. Check the septic tank. An overfilled septic tank can cause the drains in your home to drain slowly. If you are past due on emptying the septic tank, this may be your problem.

If these do not solve your problem with slow and sluggish drains, call or visit the websites for your local plumbers. Improper plumbing procedures or tree roots in the sewer system may be the root of your problem. A professional plumber can assess and correct the problem for you.


2 February 2016

Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.