It’s something we’ve all had to deal with before. It starts slow, so you don’t notice it as much and dismiss it as a “future you” problem. Your sink starts to drain slower and slower. Before you know it, it takes 10 minutes for the sink to drain completely! Frustration starts to kick in as it takes you longer and longer to do your sink business.

The Stages of Sink Repair

Stage 1: Denial.  

“Seems like it’s taking too long to empty. It will probably fix itself.”

Stage 2:  Minimizing.  

“It’s not that bad. I can do something else while the sink drains.”

Stage 3: Acceptance.  

“The sink is a problem and I don’t like it.”

Stage 4: Action.

“The sink just overflowed and I better do something about it now.”

How to Deal with the Sink

What is wrong with the drain?

So what do we mean dealing with the sink? Well sometimes sinks get clogged and the drain doesn’t work. Going a bit deeper, the water in the basin is unable to flow down the drain pipe due to a blockage somewhere in said drain pipe.

We need to remove the clog somehow.

How to Clear the Drain

Needed Tools

  • An adjustable wrench
  • Needle-nose pliers

Objective

To remove the clog, we need access to the drain pipe. The popup drain stopper of most bathroom sinks blocks us from accessing the drain pipe. So we are going to remove the popup drain stopper.

Steps To Remove

  1. Clear beneath the sink so you have plenty of space to move around.
  2. Detach the sink horizontal pivot rod from the drain pipe (the metal bar which moves, attached to the biggest  pipe under the sink).
  3. Mark where the horizontal rod attaches to the drain pipe.
  4. Lift the drain stopper out of the sink.
  5. Dig around in the drain with pliers till you find the clogged material.
  6. Remove the clogged material.

Steps to Replace The Drain Stopper

  1. Add the stopper back into the drain.
  2. Slide the horizontal rod back into the drain pipe.
  3. Tighten the screw back on to the point you marked.
  4. Test by pulling the drain pin up (called a clevis which opens or closes the drain).

Remember Master Plumbing can solve all your plumbing needs. If you still have trouble with your drain, give us a call, and we will come out to fix your drain and whatever other plumbing problems you might have.

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Matt Weese
Matt Weese
21:42 02 Dec 21
Steve was able to get out to our house quickly and fix a leak. Very friendly, helpful, and willing to walk me through everything he was doing to fix our problem. He figured out the problem quickly and offered some helpful advice going forward. Great service and experience. Hopefully I won’t need a plumber again soon but if I do I know who I’ll be calling.
Doug Thurman
Doug Thurman
03:07 25 Nov 21
The gentleman running the pumper truck (Brad) did a great job on the first tank. I ask if he could pump another tank while he was in the area. He said no problem helped me dig the lid. Told me my baffle going into the drain field needed replaced I asked what it looked like and he sent me a picture. Opening the lid we couldn’t get off. Called Brad and he gave me some tricks to get off. They worked. I will recommend Brad to anyone.Your service tech (Dillon Hughes) power vetted out our lateral line going to our septic field. He was very informative and very efficient. Saved us from having to put in a new septic field. He was right on time and a lot of fun to be around. Very knowledgeable young man. Highly recommend him.Doug ThurmanGrand View Idaho
Alex Dussault
Alex Dussault
23:26 22 Nov 21
Timothy at Master Plumbing has been awesome! I call quite often to report maintenance requests with the property I manage, and he often answers the phone and takes my work orders. I appreciate that he always gives me a realistic time-frame for when a technician is available to come out and I can then pass this along to my tenant. Master Plumbing has been our go-to for their professional and quality service!
Danny Falge
Danny Falge
18:08 02 Nov 21
The service was excellent. Frank educated me on septic treatments and septic usage. Frank was professional and courteous to everybody involved. I contacted master plumbing when I saw them pumping my neighbor's septic tank. They were able to accommodate me immediately following that job. Both my neighbor and I were extremely impressed with professionalism and Frank's demeanor and knowledge. Would definitely use them again.
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