Bathroom clogging


I have a bathroom sink that is extremely slow in draining and backs up. I've heard of certain things like boiling water and dishwasher soap poured down as a possible remedy. However, that did not work. Does anyone have any more ideas? I'm just a homeowner trying to save money. Thank you.

By Derek from NH


Clearing a Sluggish Sink

Try using one cup of ammonia, poured into each drain, then follow with a pot of boiling water (be careful not to spill on yourself, kids, or pets).
I read this tip somewhere here, to remove the sticky soap scum that clings to drains. It worked wonders.(07/23/2009)

By Frances Adams

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

First I would get something to poke down the drain, like an open bobby pin and check to see if there is any hair blocking the drain. You'd be amazed how much hair can be in there, then do the following:

Use a 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar....

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Photo 1: Pull out the stopper

Tug on the stopper to see if it’ll come out. If so, remove it.

Photo 2: Remove the clog

Fish out the hair clog with a bent wire or other tool. Run water through the bathroom sink drain and replace the stopper.

Photo 3: Unscrew the pivot rod

Unscrew the pivot rod nut and pull out the rod. Lift out the stopper. Clean out the hair and reinstall the stopper and pivot rod.

Slow-moving or stopped-up drains are common in bathroom sinks, but luckily the fix is usually simple and takes only about 15 minutes. The problem is caused by hair and gummy soap scum that get caught on the stopper or pivot rod and clogs the drain.

To get at the clog, try lifting out the stopper (Photo 1). Sometimes it’ll come right out. If it doesn’t lift out, it’s held in by the pivot rod. Release the stopper by removing the pivot rod nut and pulling out the pivot rod (Photo 3). If you can’t loosen the nut by hand, use...

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A toilet auger has a long handle with a crank and a plastic sleeve at the bend so the cable won't scratch the toilet. Here's how to use it.

Loosen the setscrew on the auger and push the cable into the drain until it stops.

Tighten the setscrew so there is about 6" of cable between the auger and the pipe (too much cable will kink). Crank clockwise and push forward. The auger may push the obstruction through.

If the auger grabs something, pull it out, but test the toilet to determine whether it is unclogged. This process may need repeating.

If the toilet continues to flush sluggishly or overflow after plunging and auguring, the toilet will have to be removed to reach the object. That's when it's time to call in the professionals.

So when it comes to cleaning the clogs, use the three tools professional plumbers call their best friends: the plunger for the sink and toilet, and the two augers for the tub and toilet. They're easy to use, and they're a...

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Bathroom drains take a lot of punishment. Every member of the family uses the sink, the shower and the bath everyday. It’s no wonder, then, that these overused waste water outlets can become blocked. If you find your sink overflowing or your bath refusing to drain, check out the tips below on how to unclog a bathroom drain.

Clogged Bathroom Drains – the Culprits

The main causes of clogged bathroom drains are hair and soap scum. Soap builds up on the sides of drain pipes, gradually narrowing the space through which water must to pass to enter the community sewerage system. Hair, if it cannot escape freely, forms tangled lumps. These hair masses not only impede the flow of waste water themselves, but also trap soap scum to create solid plugs that effectively seal bathroom drains completely.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Although clearing a blocked drain isn’t a terribly difficult exercise, you can avoid it altogether with a couple of simple...

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Grease traps are an essential part of a restaurant or cafeteria’s sewer and drainage system. By keeping grease from going down your drains, you help keep your sewer line free of buildup and problems. Once a grease trap becomes full, however, it allows grease to enter the sewer system, creating build up that will eventually result in a clog or worse.

The Boston Water & Sewer Commission requires that grease traps be cleaned on a monthly basis or when they are 1/4 full of grease.

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How we clean grease traps

Be wary of a service provider that simply dumps out the grease from your grease trap—it needs to be emptied AND cleaned to work properly. At John’s, we clean grease traps by hand. We also remove the dividers and snake the line EVERY TIME to make sure no clogs already exist that may cause problems later.

Many complexes and larger buildings may employ larger grease tanks to service their properties, rather than multiple smaller...

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Bathroom Sink Clogged – Every bathroom sink will get clogged someday. It is extremely annoying, and it can be easily avoided, if proper measures are taken on time. As a matter of fact, hairs, soaps, creams, and other stuff will clog your bathroom sink someday. Many common stuff that you use regularly in your bathroom tend to stick together to form a clog. If you take some measures, like letting hot boiling water flow down the sink every now and then, you won’t have any trouble. However, in most cases, people only think about it when it is already too late and the bathroom sink is clogged.

Both Bathroom Sinks Are Clogged Intended For Bathroom Sink Clogged

Depending on the type of clogging in bathroom sink clogged, it can be partial or total; you’ll need to take different measures. Partial types of clogging are much easier to unclog than a complete clogging. Just try the idea cited above and let some liters of hot boiling water down the drain. It helps in many cases,...

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A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn't happen too often, but when it does, be sure to use this natural formula to remove all the gunk–believe me, you don't want a list of what that "gunk" actually is–and get that drain in tip top shape.

What You Need


1/2 cup Baking soda 1/2 cup Vinegar Lemon juice (optional)



Step 1. Remove the drain cover. Most drain covers thread into the drain, so try unscrewing it by turning it to the left.

Step 2. Measure out a 1/2 cup of baking soda.

Step 3. Dump as much of the baking soda as you can down the drain. If you aren't able to remove your drain cap, you can use a funnel to help direct the baking soda further into the drain.

Step 4. Measure out a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it down the drain over the baking soda.

The mixture will bubble and fizz (like the volcano experiment...

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One of the most common issues that a plumber Toronto is called for is to take care of clogged bathroom sinks, showers and tubs. Every home in Canada has to deal with a clogging in their bathroom at least once every year. Many clogs can easily be taken care of using a basic plunger, but sometimes when plungers aren’t enough, you will need help of a skilled plumber Toronto to solve the problem. Lets have a look at some of the most common causes for bathroom clogs:

Human Hair

Hair have the tendency to heap together over time, especially in the bathroom drains. They accumulate in the sludge, settle down in the p-trap of the pipes where they tangle and concentrate. Plumbers use their specialized drain snakes to get rid of thick clogs caused by hair.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is another major cause of buildup in drain pipes, to an extent where it can block up a drain completely. The scum creates acidic chemical compounds as it gathers inside your drain pipe, and...

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That stopped up drain in the kitchen or bathroom can do more than cause aggravation. It can eventually cost you a great deal of money. Plumbers are not cheap. If the problem is more than a grease or hair clog the sooner you have the plumber fix it the less it will cost you.

Presumably you have already tried using the standard drain cleaners that are poured down the drain. If they have only worked marginally, then you probably have a problem that you can fix. You can try pouring a root removal liquid down the drain, but be aware they are not always effective. You will probably need a plumber if there are roots clogging the drain, since the pipe will more than possibly need replacing.

Determining what type of clog you have is fairly simple. You will need a bucket, a wrench, and some rags. You will also need, when you are done, some pipe tape. Empty the sink of any standing water using a bail, and rags to get as much water out as possible. Next, remove anything from...

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BEMUS POINT, N.Y. -- Increasingly popular bathroom wipes - pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable - are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation.

Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren't breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That's costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.

The problem got so bad in this western New York community this summer that sewer officials set up traps - basket strainers in sections of pipe leading to an oft-clogged pump - to figure out which households the wipes were coming from. They mailed letters and then pleaded in person for residents to stop flushing them.

"We could walk right up, knock on the door and say, `Listen, this problem is coming right from your house,'" said Tom Walsh, senior project coordinator at...

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Shower, bathroom sink, and toilet clogs are very common occurences. The good news is that they can be easily dealt with, and rarely will require a call to the plumber. With a few tools, a little elbow grease, and some preventative measures, you can be your own plumber. If confusion arises, you can call Plumbers of Tweed Heads.

Sink Clogs

Bathroom sink clogs are almost always caused by hair. Most of us brush our hair over the sink, where the mirror is, and hair inevitably falls in. Sink clogs can usually be cleared with a plunger. Put a few inches of water into the sink, and stuff a rag into the overflow hole (this is usually located opposite the faucet, near the top of the sink bowl). By stopping up the overflow, you’ll be sure to direct the pressure of your plunges down at the clog, and not out the overflow. Remove the sink stopper (now would be a good time to remove any hair or debris from this, as well) and position the plunger over the drain. Plunge up and down a...

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When it comes to clogging, bathroom drains, particularly toilets and showers, are most likely to suffer from it. Bathroom is the most commonly used room in the household. While some clogged drains cannot be avoided, there are several ways to minimize a

clogged drain

in your bathroom:

Bathroom sink

A bathroom drain clog may be caused by hair trimmings, displaced toothpaste after use, excess shaving cream or any bath liquid. Securing a drain cover will help filter hairs or debris that creates clogging. The best way to avoid drain blockage is to shave using a container and disposing the shaved hair instead of letting it washed down the drain daily.


A clogged toilet is an annoying sight. What’s worse is to see it overflowing. Although some cases of clogging cannot be avoided, certain personal items should never be flushed in the toilet. These include excess toilet paper or feminine items. They must be thrown properly in the trash bin...

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By far the most common issue that our Tampa plumbers are called out to take care of is clogged bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers. Bathrooms are notorious for clogging, and many households will deal with at least one clogged bathroom drain once every year. Some of these clogs can easily be cared for by using a basic sink plunger, but others require the knowledge of a skilled Tampa plumber. These are some of the most frequent causes of bathroom clogs that we see:


Hair has the tendency to accumulate over time, especially in our drains. It gets trapped in the sludge and gunk that naturally lines pipes, settles down in the p-trap of your pipes and starts to tangle and accumulate. Plumbers have to use specialized drain snakes to remove the thick clogs hair causes.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is still one of the leading causes of buildup in drain pipes, to the point where it can block up a drain completely. Soap scum also creates acidic chemical compounds as it...

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, March 29th , 2013. Bathroom: Clogged Toilets And How To Resolve It.

There are not many more disgusting things than the clogged toilets. They can be so daunting thing which come into your nightmare. A clogged toilet will keep the cleanliness away. The dirty water which is clogged will cause many bacteria which are so unhealthy to the humans’ life.

First of all, you should do these preparation before unclog the clogged toilets in order to achieve a perfect result. All you need to do the preparations are patience, accuration, and also carefulness. First, make sure that the toilet is truly clogged by flushing some water into the bowl. However, keep in mind that you should only flush it once with a little amount of water to avoid the overflowing dirty water. If you have sure that it’s really clogged, then protect the floor from overflowing water or anything which potentially cause damage to the floor. Take some unuseful newspapers and lay them on the floor....

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The bathroom is one of the main troubleshooting areas when it comes to drain clogs. That’s because, unlike the kitchen and other areas of the home with drains, there are three types of clogs that typically become problematic in a bathroom – those in sinks, toilets and shower drains.

Here’s a look at the three main types of bathroom clogs and how to treat them:


With the likes of toothpaste, soap, hair and other bathroom products entering the sink drain on a routine basis, it’s bound to get clogged at some point. So how do you go about unclogging it? First, determine that the issue at hand is indeed localized to just your bathroom sink and not several sinks. If it’s the former (which it is likely to be), you just need to deal with the individual bathroom sink. But if it’s the latter, you’re facing a larger issue involving the sewer drainage lines which is a whole new problem in and of itself.

So how do you resolve bathroom drain clogs? Start with hot...

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"It takes them forever to break down, if any at all," he added.

The town is trying to take action, urging residents not to use them because the clean up isn't cheap.

"I didn't realize what giant of a problem is causing and how it's going to impact everyone's pockets in town," said Ted Nappo, an intern for the town of Great Barrington who's done a lot of research on the subject.

It takes about $150,000 a year to keep up. The town also had to purchase a special machine for more than $1 million to sort out the wipes for the waste water. Great Barrington is not alone. There's apparently a war on wet wipes all over the country. The town is hoping to join forces with others to go after the wipe companies.

"We've been talking to some local attorneys right here in town who've mentioned different class-action lawsuits in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas," Nappo said.

Some companies that make wet wipes reportedly insist that it's other junk clogging the...

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One of the absolute best ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Clever, eh? Cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair, and soap scum are four of a drain’s biggest enemies. Do whatever you can to avoid introducing any of these items into a drain. Here’s how:

Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container. Then dispose of it in the trash.

Throw coffee grounds away in the garbage or add them to your mulch pile.

Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimize problems with hair and soap scum. Stop by your local plumbing-supply store to study the choices appropriate for your particular fixture. Take along a picture of the drain system to better explain your needs. Most filters and screens can be simply laid in place.

Regular cleaning has its merits. To keep drains in your home running freely — and absent of odor — try these methods:

Run hot water through the...

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Something magical happens when you bring a group of moms together. That something is called, “therapy.”

Yesterday, I took the kids to a birthday party for one of Piper’s friends. The kids ran around, bounced, and played. The true highlight of the party was more than just a piece of cake or presents, it was the mom therapy.

Each mom shamelessly chatted about the pile of dishes sitting on the kitchen countertop at home, and how to encourage their husband to pick up a sponge. There were moments of laughter about potty training and the messes that have been found on our walls. Sleeping was discussed, and deep sighs of relief were expressed as each mom confessed the need for more sleep. Therapy at its finest.

It’s in those sweet moments of mommy therapy, in the laughter and watching our children, that one realizes how much parenting changes one’s life. But this change isn’t bad, it’s just different. New challenges and joys are faced, new experiences...

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