You may not realize it, but different types of clogs require different solutions. Is your bathroom sink clogged because of soap scum? Or has a hairball stopped up the drain? In this post, we’ll look at different types of clogs, as well as solutions for fixing each.
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There are a variety of things that can clog a bathroom sink. Here are a few of the most common issues that cause clogging:
- Even if you pick up all the hair that ends up in the sink, it’s likely that some ends up going down the drain. This will eventually cause a clog. In many cases, you can reach down into the drain (with your fingers, or even tweezers) and pull it out. This may require some disassembly of the drain-stopper, but is not difficult. Warning – if you haven’t cleared out the drain in a while, this could really stink!
- Soap scum is especially common here in West Texas due to hard water. When the contaminants in hard water mix with soap, it leaves that thick film. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to try to clear it out. You can also fill the drain with baking soda, then pour some vinegar on top. The reaction should help clear the scum and the clog.
- A larger object could be stuck in your p-trap. That’s the U-shape in the pipe underneath the sink. This can happen if something falls down the drain. In that case, it may be necessary to remove it. This may seem daunting to an amateur, but it is not difficult. Once removed, simply clear the pipe and reattach.
- One scenario where you would need to call a professional plumber would be if you had damaged pipes. Any sort of corrosion or other pipe damage could cause a clog, or worse, a leak. Even if you are able to temporarily fix the problem, things like rust or intrusive tree roots will come back and cause you more problems in the future, so it’s a good idea to act right away.
Trenchless Replacement Specialists is your number one solution when you need pipe repair. TRS has the equipment, experience, and know-how to completely repair or replace your pipes with no digging or other damage to your property. Let us show you how! Make an appointment online, or call us at 432-580-7693.