What a slow drain means

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There are many reasons why a drain gets slow. (Photo Credits)

Slow drains can be very frustrating, especially in the kitchen where things are bustling.

There are many reasons why a drain becomes slow. It could be a clog or a build up, but whatever the reason is, most experts would advise against the use of corrosive substances to fix the slow running drain. A/C And HVAC 

Bobvila.com shared some possible solutions.

“If plunging doesn’t clear the clog, use an auger.  If your drain opening is obstructed, sometimes a coat hanger wire with a small hooked end will bring up the clog. You can also detach the trap under the sink with a plumber’s wrench in order to get at the clog or to rescue anything you’ve lost down there. Turn it through the clog, back off a little, then run it all the way through and pull the whole thing straight out of the drain. If you don’t see an improvement in drainage after all that—and especially if more than one drain is slow in your house—you should consult a plumber since the problem could be caused by blocked or improper venting of the wastewater system.”

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Apartment Therapy meantime shared a step-by-step instructional guide on dealing with a slow-running drain. Plumbing Association of San Diego         

“Our sink has been draining very slowly for months; but, complete laziness has kept us from doing anything about it. Last night when we were brushing our teeth, we realized that we’d let it all go too far. So, today, armed with a tea kettle, a Q-tip, a box of baking soda, and a bottle of white vinegar, we got to work.”

Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

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WikiHow meantime shared ways to deal with a slow drain complete with a step-by-step illustrations.

“Get your materials ready. This method is for those stubborn clogs and therefore requires more materials, including a bucket, screwdriver or wrench, and plumber’s snake (also called a drain snake). If you do not have a plumber’s snake, you can improvise using a straightened wire hanger. Simply take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it as much as possible, then bend one end over to create a hook.”

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A slow drain can be easily solved, but keep in mind that non-abrasive solutions also work just as well as corrosive solutions.

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