When your bathroom sink gets clogged, it is important to contact a plumber to unclog the sink and restore its functionality. The bathroom sink gets used a lot, and all of that activity means that it experiences a high demand on the drain. There are many reasons why the bathroom sink could get clogged, including these top four.
1. Soap Buildup
Health experts recommend that you use soap and warm water to wash your hands for 30 seconds at a time. Not all of the soap gets all the way through the drain, into the waste water pipes and to the sewer system. Some of it gets stuck on the drain pipe.
Over months and years of daily hand washing by one or more people in your household, a thick layer of soap buildup occurs. A plumber can get the soap scum out of the drain and show you how to prevent it from building up in the future.
2. Toothpaste Buildup
Dental experts recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time. Using too much toothpaste means that a glob of the substance goes down the bathroom sink’s drain. The viscous, gel-like toothpaste may not get flushed down with water.
It may adhere to the drain pipe. Over years of brushing your teeth every day, a layer of toothpaste builds up. It can combine with the soap scum to form a thick sludge in the drain. Plumbers are able to get this out for you and clear the drain so that it empties properly.
Many people stand in front of the sink and use the bathroom mirror while styling and brushing their hair. Hair gets stuck in the layer of soap scum and toothpaste buildup, creating a thick, sticky mass that obstructs the drain pipe.
If anyone in your household shaves using the bathroom sink, those hairs also get stuck in the drain pipe’s soap and toothpaste buildup. Over time, the combination of substances creates an obstruction that impedes the flow of waste water. A plumber can auger the drain and remove the buildup for you.
4. Face and Skin Products
If you use face or skin products, those substances may also go down the sink. Cosmetics, facial lotions, moisturizers and other substances are waxy and thick. They can stick to the materials already forming a layer of buildup in the drain.
Washing your face in the sink a couple of times per day sends a lot of those materials down the drain pipe. One way to get around this is to wash your face with a wash or face cloth instead.