A bathroom sink will usually outlast its faucet and drain; however, it is possible to employ some preventive maintenance that will reduce the chance of serious bathroom sink problems. The two most common bathroom sink problems are leaks and clogs. Both of these problems will shut down the family’s entire routine.
Bathroom drains will almost never clog if you follow one simple rule: Do not use them for anything but waste water. Cleaning the bathroom sink stopper drain regularly will help prevent the accumulation of soap and hair, which can block the trap or drain farther down the system.
Water under the sink usually points to worn faucet parts or loose supply or drain fittings. Replacing dried putty, tightening a slip nut, (the ring that screws onto plastic pipe at all bends and connections), or changing some washers may be all that’s needed when it comes to the faucets. Among the things that are subject to becoming worn are O-rings, springs, washers and in some cases, a cartridge stem.
If the drain does back up, first determine the extent of the blockage by checking other drains in the house. If more than one is clogged, your problem is probably in the main drain, rather than at a single fixture – and we can fix it!
What Causes Most Bathroom Sink Problems?
Sometimes the drain in the bathroom sink can become clogged with matted hair, soap scum and toothpaste, or perhaps someone dropped something down it accidentally. Keeping a screen over the drain is recommended and always rinse the toothpaste and other personal grooming products thoroughly down the drain before turning the water off.
There are basically two places that a bathroom sink clog can occur, that is, if your main drain is not plugged up and everything in the house has come to a grinding halt! The sink drain stopper could be full of gunk or the drain trap could be clogged. If you suspect that the symptoms you are experiencing at the bathroom sink is because something further down the drain system is the culprit, call our trained professionals for a drain inspection.
- Bathroom sink drain stopper: This most common clog can be resolved easily by keeping it clean and free of hair and other gunk that builds up over time. Regularly cleaning this sink part will cut down on the risk of clogging up your bathroom sink drain.
- Plumbing sink trap: The plumbing trap serves two main purposes. The first, and most important – the bathroom sink trap keeps noxious sewer gas from entering your home. Secondly, it provides an easy access point when troubleshooting a plumbing drain problem. If it has passed through the drain screen and stopper, the trap is the next logical place to disassemble and inspect.
- Faucets differ in style and type: The job of the faucet is to adjust the flow and temperature as the water leaves the spout and small parts beneath the knobs or lever can get worn and will eventually fail.
Drip, drip, drip…one of the most annoying sounds you can hear in the dead of the night.
A bathroom sink plumbing leak can occur in a few different places and the most common is from the faucet spout. If the leak doesn’t seem to be originating from faucet, the next thing to check would be the sink drain, the trap or a possible crack in the sink bowl
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About the Author: Vincent Sposari, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tacoma
Vinnie has been a trusted plumber since 1989 and a Mr. Rooter owner since 1992. With over 31 years to back him, Vinnie has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, emergency plumbing, and more.