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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Duane Mayer
Duane Mayer
02:05 14 May 22
I was very impressed with everything about them. Jim Colburn was totally great - knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. did a great job of disconnecting everything before our kitchen update, and then reconnecting the gas stove and fridge afterward.Highly recommend Jim and the company.
Larisa Bradshaw
Larisa Bradshaw
19:32 13 May 22
time once again for my annual main line cleaning, my line is 250 ft. long and with the annual pressure cleaning i haven't had any more problems. my technician Jon was fast, friendly and was even earlier than scheduled. So happy with all the people at Master Plumbing!
Sherri Jefferson
Sherri Jefferson
00:54 19 Apr 22
We had an emergency and called quite a few businesses. When you have no water and no access to your bathroom it can become a bit urgent and then everyone we called said the earliest they could come was Wednesday and it was Monday! When we called Master Plumbing they were so kind, helpful and went out of their way for us! Phil Conklin arrived to help us and he had rearranged his schedule to get to us earlier! He was so Great and very pleasant! He got right to it, figured out what was wrong, Went and got the part and it was all done in a very short time! Thank you Master Plumbing!
Linda Falter
Linda Falter
18:18 28 Mar 22
Jim was an excellent provider! On time, polite, informative throughout the job. He cared about providing the best possible service installing a new kitchen faucet. He also was very fair on expenses previously not anticipated (cracked valve) and a vent location adjustment. I’ve used other providers in the past as well as Master Plumber. They have consistently excelled in communication, experience and integrity and will now be my single source.
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