A clogged sink can really get in the way of your daily activities. Whether you’re washing your hands or trying to make dinner, having to work around a major backup can quickly become frustrating. Identifying why your sink is not draining properly is the first step in fixing the problem. Here are some of the most common reasons why sinks stop draining:

Blocked Pipes

Many sink drainage issues are caused by blocked pipes. If bits of food, hair, soap scum, or other debris travel down the drain, they can easily cause a backup that prevents water from traveling through the pipes. Most minor clogs can be fixed with a plumbing snake, though serious ones are best treated by a professional plumber who can resolve the issue without damaging your pipes. To avoid blocked pipes in the future, consider investing in a drain cover.

Powerful Dishwasher

If you’ve recently installed a new dishwasher, it could be the reason your kitchen sink has stopped draining properly. Dishwashers expel a lot of water all at once, which can overload your drain pipe if it isn’t prepared for the added volume. This can cause a backup into the kitchen sink if the two share a drain pipe. If your dishwasher is the source of your backup, an experienced plumber can help find a solution that will keep everything flowing properly.

Blocked Vent Pipe

Vent pipes are designed to regulate the pressure in your plumbing system by controlling airflow, which allows water to flow smoothly throughout the drain pipes. If the vent becomes clogged, water won’t be able to move properly through your plumbing system. While you may be able to remove some debris on your own, an experienced professional can completely clear out the blockage and ensure you are set up for success.

Clogged Main Line

A blocked main line can cause serious problems for your entire plumbing system – not just your sink. If you are dealing with clogs and backups throughout your home, then your main line could be the culprit. Since your main line connects all of your drains to your septic or sewer system, it’s crucial to seek professional help immediately if you suspect it is backed up. Ignoring issues with your sewer line could lead to costly damage and exposed sewage, putting both your health and home at risk.

Your Local Drain Experts

Sometimes, a clogged sink can be a quick and easy fix. Other times, though, the problem may be a little more difficult to identify and resolve. That’s where the experts at ClogPro can help! We have proudly served the Portland Metro area since 1993, and we strive to provide you with the very best in quality, service, and price. If you have a backed up sink that just won’t budge, don’t hesitate to give us a call!