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Old 01-09-2018, 12:18 PM
 
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I'm just wondering if anyone here fixed a slow draining sink. Here's all I know and did thus far.

1. The sink is still draining, but very slowly.
2. It seemed to happen all of a sudden today as I was not having this problem yesterday.
3. I looked online on how to fix it and the first thing I did was to remove the p-pipes and check to see if there were any clogs. There were no clogs.
4. The only other thing I could think of is that the cold weather might have something to do with it, but that's not based on any fact...just a feeling.

Please help. Any advice is appreciated.

TIA.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:48 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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There may be a ice backup somewhere in the drain pipe, or the Vent on the roof maybe covered with snow/Ice.

For the Drain Pipe, Dump a Big Pot of Boiling Water in it. See if that helps.

If the Vent is covered remove the snow/ice from it, (Warning the going on to the Roof is super dangerous )
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Next suggestion would be to snake it,, either starting with one of those 2 foot or so plastic thingies you get at either a dollar store or a home type homey d's store,,, then I would snake it with a longer snake that you extend and spin around by hande,, then,,,

my Mom's house had a slow drain,, i bought one of those black rubber thingies you screw into a garden hose,,,connected it to hot water,,, I went up on the roof to plug the vent pipe otherwise the hot water night just blast up through the rooftop vent,,, shazaam,, cleared it right up using hot pressurized water.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Something bizactly like this is what did the trick when I had to do that,,,
hook up to garden hose to hot water if possible from basement sink, insert into draIn pipe past the P trap if possible, blast it away,,, other types there too,,

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Medium-D...0332/100586170
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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(Warning the going on to the Roof is super dangerous )

Depends on YOU,,,
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:17 PM
 
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Next suggestion would be to snake it,, either starting with one of those 2 foot or so plastic thingies you get at either a dollar store or a home type homey d's store,,, then I would snake it with a longer snake that you extend and spin around by hande,, then,,,

my Mom's house had a slow drain,, i bought one of those black rubber thingies you screw into a garden hose,,,connected it to hot water,,, I went up on the roof to plug the vent pipe otherwise the hot water night just blast up through the rooftop vent,,, shazaam,, cleared it right up using hot pressurized water.
Thanks for the info. Could I just shoot hot water into the vent pipe outside? I feel the freezing temperature might have contributed to the slow drain.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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There may be a ice backup somewhere in the drain pipe, or the Vent on the roof maybe covered with snow/Ice.

For the Drain Pipe, Dump a Big Pot of Boiling Water in it. See if that helps.

If the Vent is covered remove the snow/ice from it, (Warning the going on to the Roof is super dangerous )
The roof has snow melting away as we speak, but even on the worst snowy day, I don't think snow was actually plugging up the air vent. on the roof.

Could I just pour boiling hot water onto that outdoor air vent? I guess, I'm trying to melt away the snow that might be in there.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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With the warming weather today has it gotten better or worse? We're up in the 40's where I am. If nothing has changed I'm thinking it might just require a sink plunger:

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-unb...-drain-2718782
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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The roof has snow melting away as we speak, but even on the worst snowy day, I don't think snow was actually plugging up the air vent. on the roof.

Could I just pour boiling hot water onto that outdoor air vent? I guess, I'm trying to melt away the snow that might be in there.
Pouring down the vent pipe might work, (Pot of hot water) but not a hose connected to the Hot Water, as the water one it hits the blockage it will start to run back thru the other pipes on that vent and start to over flow water into the house.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. Could I just shoot hot water into the vent pipe outside? I feel the freezing temperature might have contributed to the slow drain.

No, The water would hit the clog and backflow out your sink.


Our sink was clogged and we had to call a plumber even though we're pretty handy. The plumber had to call a drain specialist because his snake wasn't long enough. The clog was pretty far down the pipe, but the guy was able to get it.


You could try sealing the vent and then plunging the sink as others have suggested, I'd be surprised if that worked though, because the air in the vent pipe is compressible, so even if the vent is sealed I don't think plunging will get you very far.


You could try snaking it. Buy a snake from Home Depot like captne76 said. If that doesn't work you will probably have to call a plumber.
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