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Common Reasons Why Your Bathroom Sink is Clogging

Common Reasons Why Your Bathroom Sink is Clogging

Your bathroom plumbing is something that is hard to live without, especially your sink.

There are few things more frustrating than going to wash your hands or brush your teeth and noticing that the water in your sink is not draining. The bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water. A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons of water per minute, so if that is backing up, it can cause a major issues, not to mention frustration if it happens over and over again. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why your bathroom sink is clogging.

Common Reasons Why Your Bathroom Sink is Clogging

Brushing teeth and washing hands are likely a major part of your family’s daily routines. If your bathroom sink is clogged, it can disrupt that schedule and cause aggravation. If you have this problem, you are not alone. One of the most common plumbing emergencies we see is when there is a slow-moving or clogged drain in the bathroom sink.

Clogs are inevitable overtime, but if you are wondering what keeps causing this to happen, keep reading. Below we review some common reasons why your bathroom sink is clogging.

Soap Scum: Because your bathroom sink is most often used for washing hands, soap is likely being used over and over again, this can create soap scum. Soap scum is formed into a solid substance when soap is being used in hard water. On a scientific level, soap scum combines calcium and magnesium particles (ions) that are currently in the water with the soap, which forms into the soap scum substance (the spruce). This substance catches itself and other falling materials, creating a clog.

Hair: This is the most common reason for bathroom sinks to clog. Hair clumps together when wet, so if it falls in your sink and goes down the drain, it can create a major blockage. Wet hair in your drain collects more wet hair, creating a nasty clump that will fully resist water flow inside the pipe. That hairy clump, like soap scum, then works to collect anything else that goes down the drain as well, creating a much larger clog.

P-Trap Backup: The p-trap is the bending part of the drain pipe located directly beneath the sink. This connects the sink’s drain to a home septic tank or a municipal sewer system. The bend in the p-trap, while there to prevent sewer gas from coming up the drain, tends to catch other things as well (i.e. chunks of soap, jewelry, tissue, etc.). If your p-trap is clogged, a back flow of water and other grime can occur and your water can be slow to drain or not drain at all.

Age: As with all parts of your home’s plumbing, your bathroom plumbing can wear down over time, being a common reason for why your bathroom sink is clogging. Your pipes can rust and corrode, creating a built up on the inner pipe walls that will constrict water flow. Also, pipe joints can wear out or come apart overtime, which could cause pipes to sag and block water flow. Your faucets account for about 16% of the water usage in your home, so that’s a lot of work you are putting on your drain’s plumbing.

Your bathroom plumbing is something that is hard to live without, especially your sink. If you have a clogged bathroom sink or other problem with your Western New York home’s plumbing, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help.

We’re Western New York’s full-service plumbing team. We handle everything, from a toilet installation in Orchard Park to shower repair in Hamburg.

Our friendly, experienced plumbers are available Day or Night, with no additional charge for service on nights and weekends. That means we’ll be there to help you with your shower, toilet, sink, or bathtub when you need us most.

When you need bathroom plumbing repair here in Hamburg, New York, there’s only one team to call: Duffett.