Nothing can turn your smooth sailing day into a nightmare like a backed-up sink. It is a situation most homeowners dread, but is an issue that can happen to anyone, anywhere in the house. Be it the kitchen, bathroom, or utility sink, the inconvenience and frustration are universal.
However, there’s no need to panic. In this post, we’ll explore some common causes of sink backups and also help you resolve the issue at the earliest.
Before talking about the solutions, let’s take a quick look at some of the common culprits responsible for backed-up sinks-
Here are some quick solutions-
If you notice the sink is backing up, the first step is to turn off the water supply to prevent further overflow. Generally, the shut-off valves are beneath the sink or close to the floor.
Use a towel or bucket to remove the accumulated water from the sink to prevent it from spilling over.
Minor sink clogs can be effectively cleared with a plunger. For this, place the plunger on the drain to create a leak-proof seal. Now, push and pull the plunger vigorously to create suction. Repeat this several times until the water begins to drain. If it works, run hot water to flush away the remaining debris.
If you still have the backup after using the plunger, you can try using a drain snake. Insert the snake into the drain and start turning its handle in the clockwise direction to try and break the clog. Be patient and avoid forcing it as you might end up damaging the pipes.
If a stubborn clog is located in the P-trap or the curved portion of the drain pipe, you might have to remove it. For this, place a bucket beneath the trap to catch any water and debris. Loosen the connectors or nuts, remove the trap, and clean it thoroughly. Once done, reassemble the trap and run water to check for proper drainage.
In some cases, the blockage might still remain after using the drain snake. You can then use a chemical drain cleaner. But ensure you use the product with caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t forget to wear protective gear. These chemical-based cleaners can be harsh and might also damage older pipes. So, use them as a last resort.
If you’ve tried all of these solutions but the sink is still backing up, or if you suspect a more serious issue like a sewer line blockage, it’s time to call a professional plumber. They have the tools and expertise to diagnose and resolve complex plumbing problems.
Dealing with a backed-up sink can be a hassle, but with the right approach, you should be able to resolve it on your own. But if you’re in doubt or if the problem persists, don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a qualified plumber from Beeson Mechanical Service, Inc. by calling us at (317) 535-9338.
Remember, addressing sink backups promptly can save you money, time, and stress in the long run.