I have a copper sink in the bathroom and because it doesn't have an
overflow, the water drains very slowly. It is not too much of a problem,
because as the sink begins to fill, it drains more quickly due to
gravity, but as it drains down, the rate slows down dramatically.
But my kitchen sink (as most kitchen sinks) also doesn't have an
overflow, but doesn't have the same problem. How come? Is it because
kitchen sinks have a larger drain?
Where is the vent for this sink? The overflow is not supposed to
serve as a vent. If the vent is too far away you might look at adding
an inside vent. Lowes has them. Is there a cabinet under the sink?
In the absence of a vent,wouldn't the sink drain very fast towards the
end, because it is now siphoning? Perhaps more a problem with a lack of
pitch of the line draining the sink, so towards the end the drain line
is full, but doesn't get emptied easily. Sam, is the drain also getting
to drain slowly if you keep the sink full (with some big buckets of
water, or by keeping the tap wide open)? If not, that would perhaps
suggest my guess is right.
Not always. The pipe can be too big to develope a siphon and instead
air is coming up past the water as it goes down. That reslts in slow
water flow. Like what happens if you turn a gallon milk container
But I don't dsiagree that a partial clog could be to blame. Because
it is a copper sink I was making the guess (perhaps wrong) that this
is a hall bath and they don't get a lot of use.
The lack of an overflow doesn't cause sinks to drain more slowly. Your slow
draining problem is due to something else -- possibly a partial clog
somewhere in the drain line, or maybe because the sink is not close to a
Right. The (partial) clog is somewhere down the drain. Water in the sink
hits the clog and backs up, like a dam, then proceeds at only the pace the
miniature spillway permits.
A dose of concentrated sodium hydroxide (lye) will bust up what the
miniature beavers have built.
The question of a proper vent can be answered by asking another question:
Did the sink ever drain properly?
Most, but not all, bathroom sinks still come with an overflow port. At
least that's how it is here in the U.S. An easy way to check this is to
look for bathroom sinks on Home Depot and Lowes websites and look at the
"Specifications" for each sink.
I don't know of any code that prohibits overflow ports in sinks, and I can't
think of any reason why any such code would be written.
Yes they do. I just bought a Kohler and it and every one in the store had an
overflow somewhere, usually hard to see until you look close. Not sure what
you're thinkng of, but it's not an overflow for the sink.
Besides, the problem here isn't the lack or presence of a sink overflow:
Normally they just feed into the drain below the stopped level. There is
supposed to be a vent stack for it somewhere, possibly buried in a wall or
sticking out the roof or both. No, I'm not talking about air traps to stop
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