Hi, friends! It’s Jeff with HomeRepairTutor.
And today I’m going to help you fix a slow draining bathroom sink and get it unclogged.
Unfortunately, this is a super common problem for many homes. But it’s not that hard to
fix. So let’s get started. In order to do this fix the right way, you
just need to understand a few things about the plumbing underneath your sink. So this
is the drain coming from your sink. This is the P Trap. You could also argue that it should
be called a U Trap. So anyhow, this is the P Trap. It comes down and then up and then
into your wall. The reason why this is shaped the way that it is is you need to have some
water standing right here so that sewer gas doesn’t come back in from your plumbing line
and into your bathroom. So the water prevents the sewer gas from coming back into the house.
And that’s why there’s water in this P Trap right here.
So you need a Tupperware container like this and it’s probably a good idea to put a towel
underneath where you’re going to be working. So anyhow, put the Tupperware container so
that it’s directly underneath the P Trap and you want to loosen the slip knots like this.
Now if you can’t do it by hand, you can use channel locks like this. And simply adjust
them so that you can both fit the nut and then just unscrew the nut like so.
So unscrew the top one and then unscrew the bottom one. And water will come out. That’s
why you need the Tupperware container or a bucket. And just let that drain off. And when
it slows down, you can take the whole P Trap out, okay?
Now, I guarantee you that this is full of some mucking guck. Watch this.
definitely an obstruction in there. What you can do is tap it up against that container
or you can fish it out. Now chances are you’re also going to have
some obstruction that goes up to the stopper because there’s a rod—and I’ll show you—at
the back of this drain line that controls the stopper. As you can see here, there’s
this rod and it sticks in the pipe here. And a lot of times, hair and mucking guck get
caught on this rod that sticks in your pipe, okay?
The other place, and you can even see it here—there’s a piece of, I don’t know, “gookily glook”—sticking
up in this goose neck portion of the pipe. Now you can remove this pipe and look in there,
too. There’s also a slip nut in the back here you can take off. You can pull the goose neck
portion of the pipe out. Again, look how much crud is in there.
In order to clean out the strain, you’re going to have to remove this pivot arm right here.
Now it’s held in place by this nut that I’m loosening, all right? So loosen it with a
pair of channel locks or a crescent wrench. Take that nut off. Pull the arm out. Inspect
the arm. Look, there’s gook all over it. There’s like goopity goop all over it, all right?
And that’s an indicator that there’s a lot of mucking guck in here. And I can already
feel it with my finger. With the pivot arm pulled out, you can pull
up on the pop up stopper. Check this out. Look at all this goop on here. Yuck! Yucky
stuff! So you know there’s a clog right down in that drain.
All right. So I bought this Zip-it Tool at the local hardware store. It costs about $3.
And this is what I’m going to use to stick down into the drain.
With the Tupperware container directly underneath the strain, what I’m going to do is stick
the Zip-it Tool down in there, okay? So stick it down in there like so. Just get all of
this guck out of there. (My goodness! Look at this!)
to clear out that drain the best that you can.
Now if you have one, you can also use a drain auger like this one, all right? And it’s very
simple to use. It has a sharp spring on the end of it, like this, okay? So what you do
is you unlock that, feed it down into your drain pipe, all right? Just clean out that
drain the best that you can. Now if you want to , you can also stick a
paper towel down through this drain because it’s just going to come out in the other end
and into your Tupperware container. And you can use the snake to push that paper towel
down through the drain to clean off the sides of the pipe.
All right, guys. Check this out.
And that’s that paper towel that I shoved through… This is the stopper. It still has
guck in it. You want to clean that off with a paper towel again. But check this out. This
is not for the faint of heart. This is the paper towel that I shoved down through the
pipe. Look how clogged it is—just caked full of muck and guck! All right? And look
at all this.
the Tupperware container in place and underneath the pipe that’s in your wall right there,
what you want to do—you might as well do this because you have all the pipes out—is
stick your Zip-it into this wall pipe like so, okay? And see if you catch any kind of
obstruction. Pull it out. Now admittedly, I like using the snake or
an auger a little bit better. Push the auger in as far as it’ll go until you meet up with
the obstruction if you even have one, okay? Once it stops, that’s when you want to spin
it around. Once you find an obstruction, lock you auger in place, okay, and then spin it
around either by hand or, if you have an attachment on it, you can put your drill on there and
spin it around with a drill. Then pull the auger out of the wall with your hand.
Another big tip that I have is to fold up a paper towel like this and stick it down
through the pipes that you removed. So this is the goose neck, all right? It’s called
a goose neck because it has this shape. So stick this towel on through here like that.
And you can kind of floss out the inside. Get rid of any residual yuckiness.
Then finally, you have your pop up stopper. And this is what looks really bad so take
a paper towel; clean that off. And this is also a good opportunity to clean off that
pivot arm that is sticking in the back of your drain.
All right. Now it’s time to put everything back together. So stick your goose neck back
into the wall. Make sure that this washer is flush with the pipe going into the wall,
and then tighten that nut up just a little bit because you may have to adjust this goose
neck in or out of the wall. Take your P Trap. Position it like so, all right? Stick it up
onto the drain. What I like to do is make sure that that goose neck arm is sitting down
in the P Trap. I’m going to hand tighten this nut like so. Then, again make sure that this
washer right here is sitting flush with the top portion of the goose neck—excuse me,
the P Trap. Again hand tighten like so. With that in place, now you can—with the P Trap
in place—you can tighten this back nut. You can give ¼ turn by each of these plastic
nuts with your channel locks just to make sure that they’re tight enough.
All right, with the pop up stopper in place, you can put this arm in through the hole that’s
in the pop up stopper and then ratchet down on this nut here with your hand and then tighten
it ½ to ¼ turn with this set of channel locks. Nice and tight.
With the water on, check for leaks at this slip nut, this slip nut, and the slip nut
back here in the wall. Also, check for leaks where you inserted the pop up stopper arm
into the drain here on the back of the drain. Let the water run for a good minute or two
and then check around to see if there are any drips.
All right. Check this out! The water’s draining like a champ!
All right, my friends. That’s it. That’s how you fix a slow draining bathroom sink and
get it unclogged. So I hope this video helped you out. If it did, give me a thumbs up on
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So take care, and I’ll see you soon! Eeew. Pretty disgusting, right? This would’ve
been a great back scratcher before I ran it through that drain.
The Zip-it. The back scratcher for men with back hair.