Vessel Sink Drains Slowly: How to Repair

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Hot water
Drainage cleaner mixture
Electric rooter
New sink
Tool box

How many times has your vessel sink drains started to stink? If this happens, chances are that the vessel sink also drains slowly. As a result, the sink gets clogged and starts to stink. Moreover, the water starts to accumulate and may even start to overflow. However, to relieve us from this misery, help is at hand. Read on for an instructional guide on how to repair the vessel drain by yourself at home. The vessel sink drains slowly mainly due to 2 reasons: drainage pipe is clogged and the mouth of the drain is too small when compared to the vessel sink. 

    Step 1 - Using Baking Soda

    To unclog the mouth of the vessel sink drain, the best way is to pour baking soda on the clogged portion of the mouth. Ensure that the entire mouth is completely covered with baking soda. Once stuffed, pour in vinegar, until the mixture starts to bubble. Once the bubbling affect starts, pour hot water near the mouth to ensure that the entire mixture moves down the drainage pipe and clears the drainage pipe. The fizzling effect created by the mixture helps to flush out all the dirt and grime that is clogged in the vessel sink drain.

    Step 2 - Using Drainage Cleaner

    If the above method does not work, use a drainage cleaner solution that is readily available in the market. Pour the solution as instructed by the manufacturer and flush out the debris from the drainage pipe. These mixtures have to be mixed with hot water to create a fizzling affect. They are known to contain bacteria that help clean clogged vessel sink drains.

    Step 3 - Using Electric Rooter

    Use an electric rooter to clean a drainage pipe, in case the above 2 steps do not achieve the desired result. You can use a small electric rooter to pull out all accumulated dirt that is making the vessel sink drain slowly.

    Step 4 - Replacing Sink

    In case the mouth of the sink is small compared to the rest of the vessel sink, it is advisable that you change the sink all together. Consider replacing the old sink with a new one that has a bigger mouth. This would ensure that the vessel sink drains faster. To do so, unscrew the old basin and take it off. Ensure that all water pipes leading to the vessel sink have been turned off. Then install the new sink as per the manual. Check twice to see that the water pipes have been correctly installed. Once sure, firm it to place by using screws and nails that came with the new sink. 

    In case, the above steps don't work, consult a plumber to help you get rid of this problem.