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hey all, first-time homeowner...
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)01:47 UTC+1 No.639276 Report

hey all, first-time homeowner here. my bathroom sink has started to drain incredibly slowly over the past few days. to my knowledge, there isn't anything that has gone down the sink which would cause it.

i've checked the p-trap and it's clear of obstructions. i've tried using drain de-clogging solution to no avail.

i assume using a snake is the next step. should i attempt to remove the pipe that connects at the wall opening? any other advice would be appreciated as well.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)01:49 UTC+1 No.639277 Report

its probably not vented properly
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)01:58 UTC+1 No.639282 Report

another angle

is that something that can develop over time?
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)02:00 UTC+1 No.639283 Report


forgot pic
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)02:14 UTC+1 No.639289 Report

>>is that something that can develop over time?
Sometimes yes, in that an animal may have built a nest in your vent stack. No if the person that installed the sink did so too far away from the vent stack. That plumbing looks a tad weird to me.

Do any of the other fixtures in your bathroom also drain slowly?
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)02:23 UTC+1 No.639291 Report


everything else in the house drains fine.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)02:28 UTC+1 No.639292 Report

you may want to try boiling water down it a few times a day and definitely a snake shortly after i did this with some stuff in my house and it helped quite a bit
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)11:35 UTC+1 No.639437 Report

Hair is the biggest drain clogger. I keep my hair very short and never had any drain problems until a female took up residence with me. A snake, even if not your final solution, will be your best bet. Unfortunately they're not so pleasant to store and get used so little that they're hardly worth buying. I managed to get to my clog using an old toothbrush with modified handle. If you can get to the first tangle of hair in the clog you can most likely pull out everything else as well. Fashioning a makeshift snake is commonly done with metal coat hangers.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)14:35 UTC+1 No.639470 Report

Be careful when opening up the trap since you said you put drain cleaner down it. That's a commonly overlooked error.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)15:46 UTC+1 No.639487 Report

Yes and on that subject always tell a plumber what chemical treatment you used before you them...
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)16:13 UTC+1 No.639494 Report

Try removing the stopper mechanism that you use to block the drain to fill the sink. The one on my bathtub was broken and causing me slow-flow problems for ages. It turns out it was constantly partially engaged and blocking the drain.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)16:19 UTC+1 No.639498 Report

Different mechanical design, not really relevant.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)18:09 UTC+1 No.639533 Report

they make snakes out of plastic that are like $4 at lowes, they look like a long ziptie someone cut at an angle with scissors a hundred times if you want to make one.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)20:15 UTC+1 No.639572 Report

Try plunging it. I had a tub that was draining super slowly as well as a sink and I bought a small drain plunger at the hardware store and it worked really well. It worked better than the snake and the Drain-o I used.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)20:45 UTC+1 No.639579 Report

whats wrong with home depot mate the sell them there too
nope 05/18/14(Sun)00:07 UTC+1 No.639639 Report

Also new to owning shit old house. If you can take it loose at the wall and snake it, do thst. Be carefil. Those plastic fitings and cheapo plastic washer things in tje fittings age and leak easily. Also, before u even snake it. Go to home improvement store and buy a product called liquid fire. I shit u not it is half price of draino and works better. It will melt holes in yiur shirt and burn your skin. Dump it down the drain. I would bet money on a calcium, bs, rust buildupnin that old cast fitting. Liquid fire bro, liquid fire, fuckig liquid fire. Game over.
no 05/18/14(Sun)00:10 UTC+1 No.639640 Report

Anonymous 05/18/14(Sun)01:12 UTC+1 No.639669 Report


That is sulfuric acid, use it with care!!!
Anonymous 05/18/14(Sun)02:07 UTC+1 No.639684 Report


home despot and blowes both suck

menards master race

ace is definitely not the place
Anonymous 05/18/14(Sun)23:54 UTC+1 No.640052 Report

Buy a plunger as well and try just plunging the shit out of it first. Might be like mold and shit building up right at the drain entrance.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)02:32 UTC+1 No.640127 Report

Something I forgot to ask
Have you tried removing the stopper and cleaning it off? To remove the stopper just unscrew the nut on the back of the black pipe then remove the lever. Pull the stopped out of the sink drain hole and check of an enormous wad of hair/mold/ bacterial gunk
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)07:13 UTC+1 No.640229 Report

Use a plunger, my sink was taking forever to drain. A couple of plunges and bam its all good. I threw up in the sink a couple days back cause beer+shots lol
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)07:15 UTC+1 No.640230 Report


I should mention I first tried drainal(basic) to burn away hair, I used hot water to but it was the plunger that did the job.
Anonymous 05/20/14(Tue)06:42 UTC+1 No.640558 Report

OP here. plunger got it clear after only a minute or two, thanks everyone.
Anonymous 05/20/14(Tue)07:38 UTC+1 No.640573 Report

it's starting to get build up in the drain. Need to use some draino to clear it up.
Anonymous 05/20/14(Tue)10:12 UTC+1 No.640634 Report

Caustic soda, poured neat down the plughole will dissolve any remaining organic matter and leave it sparkling.
Just don't get it on your hands/eat it, ect
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