How to Fix Slow-Moving Drains
Almost everyone has encountered a plumbing concern with slow-moving drains. There are many reasons why the drains are slow and not effective as it used to. A few but common reasons include the sink stopper accumulating too much dirt and debris or a build-up of soap and other residue in the pipe linings. In order to prevent a slow or clogged drain, you need to clean your drains regularly and be careful what you’re pouring or placing into it. For those who already have a slow-moving drain, check out these tips on how to fix that particular problem.
Use a Sink Plunger
Don’t just use any type of plunger since there are plungers have different designs and used for different purposes. What you need for your drains is a sink or also known as the standard plunger. If you don’t know what a sink plunger looks like it basically has a rubber cup on its point and a handle which is usually made of wood or plastic. To have a stronger plunging power, be sure to close or cover the sink overflow with a rag or anything that can enclose the overflow temporarily. Wrapping the overflow can help form a makeshift vacuum which makes the plunging more effective and efficient.
A Zip-it tool is a lengthy plastic that has a handle and some tiny & multiple barbs that help remove residue and even hair that are stuck in the drain. What makes this a great cleaning item is that it’s very cheap but still effective in catching debris that are causing the drains to become slow. You don’t even have to remove the pop-up or stopper of the sink since it’’s slender enough to enter the drain despite the presence of obstructions.
Homemade Drain Cleaners
Now some of you might say that the chemical cleaners you found in the store are more effective and can easily unclog the drains, but there are some issues with this type of product. The only thing these chemical drain cleaners good for is small clogs in the drain. However, it poses more downsides than upsides. If the drain pipes are exposed to these chemical agents for a long period, it will corrode. You will also be inhaling the chemicals from these cleaners. There is a homemade solution that is not only safer but more sufficient. It’s just one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. Pour this mixture to the affected drain and leave it for a few minutes. The last thing you need to do is to pour boiling water.
Cleanse the Sink Overflow
The sink overflow is a crucial part of the sink since it helps make the draining process faster. This mechanism allows air into the drain with the overflow system and helps the water enter the drain faster. Of course if the sink overflow has build-up from soap and debris then it won’t be able to properly function. Make sure to clean the sink overflow thoroughly to avoid any obstructions from forming.