While you probably clean your bathroom regularly, most people don’t pay attention the sink drain. It can be a mystery when it clogs.
After all, water is the only thing going through those pipes, right? Not always.
Continue reading to find out the reason for your clogged bathroom sink.
Trapped in the P-Trap
If you look under your sink at the drain pipe, you’ll see the part that sharply bends, or the p-trap. It stops the smell from the sewer stinking up your bathroom and supplies suction to take away incoming water.
Dropping large enough objects into the bathroom sink drain could end up stuck in the p-trap. Such things include soap chunks, rings, and more unusually, legos and cat litter. Over time, these objects build up and the clog will get worse.
Tangles of Hair
A more common reason for your sink clogging is wet hair getting clumped and tangled in the drain pipe. The water flow from the faucet doesn’t help. It actually makes the hair stick together more.
As more hair is sent down, which you may not even notice, it catches onto the hair that’s already there. Aside from hair, other objects can latch on.
You don’t need to have long hair for this to happen. Any type or length of hair will clog your sink once there’s enough accumulated.
Make sure you pick up any hair you spot in the sink with a tissue to avoid a clog.
Soap scum, or lime soap, results from a chemical reaction between soap and water. Soap reacts with calcium and magnesium ions in water to form the solid substance. It’s sticky and film-like, and it can easily produce mold and mildew because of bacteria.
Soap scum is particularly difficult to remove from a sink drain. Anything else that travels down the sink will probably grab onto the scum.
Worst Case Scenario
A reason for your bathroom sink draining slow could be that there’s something physically wrong with the drain pipe. It could be old, rusted, unfastened somewhere, or dented.
Intense soap scum will lead to pipe corrosion and a layer of rust will build, diminishing water flow. A clog cause by a disconnected pipe means that the pipe has dropped down and blocked the adjacent pipe. A dented pipe will negatively affect water flow and, if it’s serious enough, could stop it entirely.
If you have an old home, you might want to think about replacing your pipes.
Preventing a Clogged Bathroom Sink
There are measures you can take to prevent a clogged bathroom sink. As said before, remove any hair from the sink with a tissue. Don’t let any animals in the sink because fur can also cause a clog.
Try to keep small objects at a distance so there’s no chance of them falling down the drain. Soap scum can be avoided by making sure excessive amounts of soap aren’t going into the sink. For example, if you use a lot of soap to wash your hands, perhaps use less.
Unfortunately, you can’t get around having damaged pipes forever, but preventing the aforementioned problems will make your pipes last longer.