Why Isn’t My Sink Draining?

Written on: October 9, 2023

AFC helps you keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly!

drain clogged Winslow, me As problematic as fully clogged drains are, slow drains can also cause significant issues so they should not be ignored.

It’s important to understand that even if water manages to pass through a partial obstruction, causing a slow drain, it doesn’t mean the need for repair is eliminated. Something as seemingly harmless as toothpaste residue or leftover shaving remnants can quickly turn a slow drain into a complete blockage.

However, you can rely on the expertise and knowledge of AFC’s skilled plumbers to resolve any plumbing service you may need. All our plumbers are licensed and insured. We offer FREE in-home estimates.

With the AFC Jetter, a high-pressure drain cleaning system, you can have confidence that your slow drain issues will be promptly addressed and efficiently resolved.

Common causes of slow drains in sinks

In many instances, when a sink begins to drain slowly or stops altogether, it is typically a result of the gradual accumulation of substances within your drainpipes.

The primary causes of drain clogs are the very substances that also contribute to the accumulation of dust and dander within our homes. These include dirt, skin cells, human and pet hair, and various other particles. However, what sets these items apart is that they become intermingled with our bath and body products during the washing and bathing process, resulting in a stubborn, solid mass of sludge. For kitchen sinks, drains are slowed by the buildup of food products. A particular culprit is fats like oils, butter, and bacon grease that get sent down the drain when washing dishes, pots, and pans in the sink.

Fortunately, AFC’s team of skilled plumbing professionals have encountered and successfully resolved similar issues on multiple occasions. Equipped with the right tools and techniques, we can efficiently clear your clogged drains and restore the smooth flow of water.

What are other signs of slow drains?

Another sign of a slow drain is if you notice unpleasant odors or drain flies. If multiple drains in your home are draining slowly, it could be an indication of a main sewer clog. These clogs often occur due to tree roots, wet wipes, or other solid objects.

Why chemical drain cleaners are not a good idea

While drain cleaners may appear to be a quick, inexpensive, and straightforward solution for a slow or clogged drain, it’s important to be aware of their potential consequences.

These cleaners contain caustic chemicals that can harm your plumbing system. They generate heat to eliminate clogs, but many people are unaware of the damage this heat can cause to pipes. This is because heated objects expand while cold objects contract. The use of chemical drain cleaners can lead to pipe cracks and other issues due to the heat they produce.

Over time, frequent use of these cleaners gradually corrodes pipe material, especially with PVC pipes, weaker pipes, and older plumbing systems. This gradual deterioration can cause significant damage to the pipes.

With expert plumbing services from AFC, you can kiss slow drains goodbye! Contact us when you need service.