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The Ultimate Guide to Sink Drains

The sinks throughout your home are connected to your plumbing and water supply systems. Whether it's the bathroom or the kitchen sink, they operate similarly.

While your sink is mostly used for handwashing and dishwashing, but it can be used for other purposes as well. Whatever you use it for, the parts of the sink drain stay the same, making it run efficiently.

Anatomy of The Drain

A drain is made up of several parts all working together. As some parts allow water to flow, others catch debris that should not be in your plumbing system. These are some of the many parts of your sink.

Strainer: The strainer is a piece of the drain that catches pieces of food and debris that should not go down the drain.

Strainer Body: The strainer body is like the right hand of the strainer. It is used to filter out debris from the water system.

Locknut: The locknut is the placement of a locked position on an energy-isolating device.

Tailpiece: The tailpiece is a straight section of the pipe that connects to the sink drain fitting, and carries water away from the sink.

Threaded Coupling: The threaded coupling helps mount the tailpiece to the strainer body.

Trap: The trap is a p-shaped device that traps debris and prevents sewer leaking in the home.

Slip-joint Coupling: The slip-point or compression coupling connects two pipes together to the valve or fixture.

Escutcheon: The escutcheon is a piece of flat metal that hides and protects the hole where the valve connects.

Shutoff Valve: This valve controls the flow of water of the sink.

Handle: The handle or lever turns on and off the tap, it helps control the water’s flow from the spout.

Cleaning The Drain

If you are experiencing slow drainage, weird odors, frequent clogs, gurgling noises, or multiple clogs in different sinks around the house, it may be time for a drain cleaning.

Even if you don’t have these issues, a working drain could use a good drain cleaning every once in a while. When cleaning your drain, try to avoid chemical drain cleaners. They may seem like an easy and simple solution, but they do not always work. Chemical drain cleaners are bad for your health and the health of your plumbing systems.

Instead, try some DIY ways to clean a drain. You may have the ingredients for these DIY cleaners laying around the house.

When DIY options don’t work, call a professional. You want your drain problems to go away, no matter how big or small.

This is why John Manning Plumbing provides a list of services for any sink clog.

These include:

  • Video camera inspection

  • Trenchless sewer repair

  • Hydro-jetting

  • Sewer pipe repair

  • Drain rooter service

  • Drain snake and auger

One clogged or dirty drain can lead to bigger plumbing problems throughout your home.

Preventing Drain Problems

Once you’ve experienced a slow or problematic drain, you won’t want to have it happen again. Preventing the problem prior to it even beginning can help save you time and money.

Besides frequent DIY or professional drain cleaning, little habits when using the sinks in your home can keep them in working order.

When using the sink, run some hot water down the drain to help flush down any debris or unwanted grease down, so it doesn’t sit and wear down your pipes.

Avoid putting items down your sink drains that don’t belong, because they can cause major damage.

Don’t treat your sink drain like a garbage can. Avoid putting the following items into your garbage disposal:

Grease: It can coat your pipes and wear them down.

Coffee grounds: They will become sticky and cause clogs.

Eggshells: They break down and become like sand and stick to the inside of your pipes

Gum: We all know it is super sticky. There is an urban legend that it takes 7 years to digest a piece of gum. Well, it could take that long to unclog your pipes as well.

Paint: Paint also clings to the sides of your drain and pipes. It clogs the pipes slowly as the paint hardens.

John Manning Plumbing, are experts within the Palmdale, California area and can provide top-notch drain cleaning. Call us at (661) 338-6305 for all your plumbing needs!