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Old 11-30-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
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Both of my bathroom sinks are draining very slowly, and while one is draining the other fills up with water from the drain. What could be causing this? Thank you in advance.

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The two sinks drains are connected together at some point and the clog is beyond both. When one sink is draining and hits the clog it backs up and equalizes the water level in both sinks.

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I'm assuming these sinks are either side-by-side or back-to-back? Likely they are sharing the drain in the wall and the drain is clogged. If you want to go at it and you have a helper, what you need to do is:
1)Go to the sink you wish to work on and take the pop-up stopper out of drain by loosening nut under sink (the one behind the pop-up assembly just under the sink...has a rod going into it)
2)With pop-up stopper out, allow both drains to back up about halfway
3)Have your helper go to the sink opposite from you and hold the stopper down and plug the overflow with a wet rag ("overflow" is the hole at the top of sink, you may or may not have one)
4)You go to the other sink and plug your sink's overflow with a wet rag as well
5)Push your plunger down very slowly and then pull up very fast
6)If that doesn't do it, push it down very slowly again and this time, go up and down with very short fast strokes (you'll likely see this black sludge mess coming up into your sink)
7)If that doesn't do it, let me know!
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Thanks very much. I'll try this out some time this week and let you know how it works out.
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Sorry it took so long for me to get to this. I finally tried this tonight. Worked like a charm . Thank you very much! Do you think it would be wise to pour some drano or something down to clean out the pipes a bit?
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Sorry it took so long for me to get to this. I finally tried this tonight. Worked like a charm . Thank you very much! Do you think it would be wise to pour some drano or something down to clean out the pipes a bit?
Don't use any chemicals in the drain. They do more harm than good. If you'd like to take preventative measures, use a natural bio treatment on a regular basis. An actual living bacteria that helps break down organic material. The microbes basically form their colonies in the drain and help keep it clear. Something like BioChoiceES which can be purchased from a Mr. Rooter franchise. The company that makes it can be found here: http://onebiotechnology.com/index.php

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