Clogged sinks are one of the most common plumbing problems encountered in homes. To help you identify what and where the problem is, it’s good to have an idea of the drain system. Most tend to be gravity flow systems, where each of your home’s drains travels downhill to a connection with a bigger branch drain. These branch drains are attached to your home’s main drain line, also called a sewer line. From this, a large pipe from your home leads to either the city sewer or an individual septic system.
There are a number of potential causes of a clogged sink. Common causes include:
- Soap scum
- Foreign objects
Depending on the nature of the clogged sink, it may involve one or more components of your home’s plumbing system. If you have a clog affecting only one sink in your home, then it’s likely to be a clog close to that fixture. More than one clogged sink in the same part of your home may mean that a branch drain or vent line is blocked. If more than one clogged drain is occurring in different parts of your home, then the problem is likely to be the main sewer drain.
One way you can resolve the problem of a clogged sink is by hiring a professional plumber. Plumbers are familiar with the plumbing and drain system structure and are capable of determining the exact location of a clog, as well as what needs to be done to unclog sink appliances in your home. They have the skills and equipment to deal with a variety of clogged sinks. For residential services, plumbers charge around $60 to $85 an hour in addition to a minimum service call fee of up to $100. However, it’s possible to get the job done by handling it on your own with the right tools, such as a plunger which is the first step to unclogging drains, and this is often used by plumbers themselves. A plunger costs only around $15. If you were to hire a plumber, the average national cost for unclogging a sink is $150. But the exact cost will depend on the severity of the unclogged sink, what needs to be done and how many need to be fixed.
Most of the time, clogged sinks can be fixed without using the services of a plumber. In any case, it’s certainly worth attempting to unclog the sink yourself before contacting a plumber. But if it’s really severe or difficult to fix, then using the services of a plumber is recommended. To get the services of a plumber, contact your local plumbing company by phone. Many companies offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services with an additional fee if you require immediate assistance.