One way for a homeowner to experience sudden anxiety begins in the bathroom. Your sink is a valuable device when it comes to washing your hands, brushing your teeth, putting in your contacts, and so on. However, if the water running into the drain begins to back up and fill the basin, the stress can begin to build. Don’t panic! As one of Los Angeles’ quality rooter service companies, we’re here to help in any way we can. All Star Plumbing & Rooter has provided top-notch plumbing services to Californians for more than a decade, and we’re ready to assist you. When your sink threatens to flood your castle, we can help! If the problem isn’t major, you as the handy homeowner or tenant can fix the issue yourself. Today, we’ll look at a few steps that you can take to rectify the blockage. We strive to be your go-to emergency plumber, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get the job done yourself!
The most common and easiest to find issue centers around the stopper in your sink, or the round tube that can be dropped in order to plug the sink. Grime and gunk have likely collected on this device over time, and the time has now come to spruce it up. Before you can get straight to the flashy cleaning, the stopper will need to be disconnected first.
Close the plug completely, then look under your sink to find the metal pivot rod that controls the length of the stopper. This should be easy to find if you start your search at the straight section of the P-trap between the curved section and the sink itself. There will be a retaining nut on the shorter end of the rod that needs to be unthreaded and remove it.
Your stopper will most likely yield a gross and smelly amount of gunk. Be sure to clean the equipment off and discard the refuse into a trash can. Out of habit, many people simply wash this device off in the sink that they just started working on. This will not help your clog! Make sure to dispose of the gunk properly, then reinstall all of the pieces that you have displaced thus far. It is now time to test the water flow. Run a considerable amount of water through your drain to see if the stopper has cleared up enough to let liquids pass by efficiently. If not, it’s time to head underneath your sink.
That weirdly-shaped plumbing next to your stopper’s connecting rod is the p-trap. This funky-looking device prevents debris from traveling deep into the pipes while also preventing sewer gases from entering the home. Make sure to place a bucket below the p-trap before unthreading the nuts or caps that hold the device in place. Once this device is clear, be sure to dump all of its contents into the bucket to prevent a mess. At this point, you can inspect the trap’s interior and clean the inside with a paper towel. Reattach everything firmly then test it by running water from the faucet. If water is still backing up, you may require professional drain cleaning services from your local plumbers.
The two tips we have offered are ideal for clearing up most clogging problems associated with the bathroom seek. A licensed plumber will be required if the issue is not resolved. When this happens, it would be best to reach out to one of Los Angeles’ rooter specialists. Our team of experienced professionals is here to offer reliable and timely solutions for any and all issues involving your home’s plumbing. If you are in need of quality plumbing services, feel free to contact us today for your free consultation!