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Sinks & Tubs

Tips from our Expert Connecticut Drain Company

Sink drains, bath tub drains, and shower drains in good condition are likely to get clogged more frequently in comparison to main drains or outside storm drains, unless there are known issues such as roots, dips, breaks or shifts in a pipe. The pipes for these bathroom and kitchen drains tend to be smaller in size, which allows complete buildup and clogging over shorter periods of time.

In order to prevent these smaller drains from clogging, be sure to keep or install strainers in all sink, shower, and tub drains. Strainers keep large items like food or spoons or accidental items like shampoo bottle caps or razor heads from going into the drain. They also keep out the most common drain clog culprit, hair.

Loose hair resting in a sink, tub, shower or strainer should be removed regularly. Any hair that enters a drain is likely to get hung up somewhere down the drain and begin clogging the pipe. One piece of hair stuck in a drain will eventually gather more strands and grow into a massive hair clog over time. Sometimes these clogs can be right in the p-trap elbow under the sink or tub and it may be worth trying to disassemble the trap for inspection. You could also try using a wet-vac to remove the clog if you're handy enough to do so.

Tub, shower, and sink drains tend to start to smell over time. This can be for two reasons; either the p-trap has dried from not using it in a while or there is a buildup of bacteria in the drain. For dried traps, simply run water into the drain. A trap will normally evaporate over time if the sink, tub, or shower is not used often and the gases from the sewer can then escape the drain. For bacteria buildup, try flushing the drain with bleach; however, it may be necessary to clean the drain by snaking or taking it apart.

 

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