What Causes A Slow Drain?

Ever turn on the sink to wash the dishes or brush your teeth only to notice the water is taking a very long time to go down the drain? This is a common problem for homeowners and it can even be repulsive at times. So, why are the contents in the sink draining so slowly and what can be done to solve the problem?

FREEZE! Whatever you do, don’t go grabbing for that bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Lots of commercial products on the market contain harsh toxins and other harmful ingredients that can leave your family and your plumbing system sick!

Common Causes of Slow Sink Drains

More often than not, the pop-up stopper in the sink is the reason it’s draining so slowly. This device tends to collect hair and other debris that washes down the sink and as these items build up, they can prevent water from flowing freely.

In addition to the buildup of hair, soap, toothpaste and hair products can collect in the drain and as this buildup grows, it ultimately reduces the size of the drain pipe.

So, what can you do to get things flowing smoothly again? Find out below!

How to Troubleshoot a Slow Drain

If the drain isn’t too severely backed up, a zip-it tool will likely be all you need to get the job done. Simply stick it down the drain and lift up — it’s job is to catch hair and other debris and pull these things out of the drain as you lift.

If that doesn’t do it, you can remove the pop-up stopper to get a better look at what’s causing the backup. Most are secured by a nut attached to the drain at the bottom of the sink. You may just need to remove the stopper, clean it off and replace it.

Still no luck? We recommend using a homemade drain cleaning solution. Pour a small pot of hot water down into the drain and then chase it down with ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. This mixture will fizz and bubble and will help break down the buildup. Wait roughly 10 minutes and then rinse the sink with warm water.

If none of the above remedies sole the problem, it’s time to call in a professional. An expert plumber will be able to safely and efficiently disassemble the drain trap, remove the clog and get things flowing again fast.


When you need quick, professional drain cleaning in Fort Myers or the nearby areas, call Aztec Plumbing & Drains at (239) 232-2012! Schedule a free estimate today!