the bathroom sink plugged up again.
Tried two doses of liquid cleaner, poked coat hangers down it but only
partially cleared it.
After dealing with this at least twice a year for 35 stinking years...I
went out and bought a $20 snake and cleared it out in 30 seconds.
Why in the hell did I not have a snake in the house, I have just about
every tool imaginable.
I have no hair to speak of, it's all the fault of my wife.
There is a 90 degree bend where it all seems to accumulate.
The next sink on that same run never has a problem.
Anyway, the snake was sure easy to use so next time, it will not be a
problem. Much easier than dealing with the wife.
Hand soap and shaving cream can build up in drain pipes. I don't
remember having a sink blocked. When a drain gets slow, I agitate with
a plunger. I do that several times a year in the kitchen, for the
To be fair to my wife, when she works on her hair, she keeps a towel in
the sink, so there is not much hair going down the drain.
I use castile hand soap which might be the main problem.
Since the snake cleared it, so fast and effortlessly, looks like it no
longer will be a problem though.
When I was a kid, my Dad had to snake out the
kitchen sink drain every few months or so. Black
grease. He used a snake, as I recall.
About a year ago, I got a request from a
friend, his kitchen sink stopped draining.
I ended up using a snake, took 15 feet or
so of cable to punch through. Then some
drain crystals to help clear it the rest of
Perhaps some drain crystals will help your
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
Come to Florida. Just yesterday evening I came across one in one of our
bathrooms. It was curled up on the window sill and tried to bite me when I
picked it up to transfer it to its natural habitat.
No idea how it got in; true, it was a baby but the house is pretty tight. I
found a Cuban tree frog in the toilet a couple of weeks ago and figure it
came down the vent pipe but doubt the snake did.
PS: After tiring of snaking and snaking, I used those 'expanding' hose
attachments for 'flushing' a drain via the roof vent pipe. Went from
snaking every year to having clean pipes for at least another 10 years.
Ms. really was happy that the drains were clear, but ecstatic that I
didn't drag a snake through the inside of our home. I actually had to buy
a new snake each use! With what's down there, I kinda agreed.
PS: I know I'm preaching to the choir, but do use common sense when doing
the 'high powered' flushing.
I use a hand cranked drum with a 3/8" diam snake. Think it holds 25'.
Just use some rag to wipe the snake down before pushing it back in the
Just did the tub and pulled out a bunch of hair. It was my son who
spotted the screw on the lever activated plug. I never saw it in the
18 years of bathing in that tub. That was a "cosmetic" screw, hiding
the screw that attaches the plug to the lever. Luckily they both came
off with no trouble, and the snake fit past the lever mechanism.
Had to use scissors to cut the hair that was caught by the lever bar.
About 4 years I got some hair out by using detergent and plunging
repeatedly, and got the drain was flowing okay, but a bit slow.
This time the detergent and plunging stopped it from flowing at all.
Must have just loosened it up or swelled it up and caused a complete
I think some of the hair I pulled out this time was my daughter's who
hasn't lived here for 6 years. My wife has been using a plastic
screen drain since I got the hair out 4 years ago, but maybe it's
letting some of her hair through, or maybe that was all old hair that
was catching soap.
Not sure. It's draining as fast as it ever did now.
So to answer Tony's question about how it happens, in my case it's the
mechanism catching the hair. Though well made, this lever activated
pop-up plug also catches hair.
I'm surprised that bacteria wouldn't eat hair in 6 years. Some say it's
a combination of hair and soap scum that clogs drains. Baking soda can
turn soap scum into soluble soap.
Plumbing-raleigh.com recommends equal parts baking soda and vinegar as
the first thing to try for a hair clog. Vinegar is 95% water, so the
mixture is essentially baking soda and water. I doubt the vinegar helps.
When my kitchen drain gets a little slow, I remove the strainer and put
in a tablespoon or so of baking soda. I add an ounce or so of water to
wash it down. Then I wait at least 5 minutes.
Then I put a rubber cover (universal plug) over the drain and put a
couple of inches of water in the sink. I remove the cover and plunge.
Some of the black stuff that was coating the pipe will come up, and
water will drain faster. I've tried it without using baking soda. The
soda seems to help.
When I've done it in the bathroom sink, I've had to block the overflow.
I've also sped up my shower drain that way.
Great timing: one of our sinks has been draining too slowly and I was
about to disassemble the u-joint to clean it out.
After reading your post, I realized that I had a snake that I had bought
30+ years ago and only used once.....
5 minutes and the sink was draining normally.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.