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Old 11-15-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Water Draining Slowly - I Think I Know Why


I am attaching 2 images of a sink in our utility room. The water drains slowly from this sink. The house is only a few years old so and I don't think it's clogged. I also know that the drainage pitch is okay in the basement. I think the reason it is draining slowly is because the little drainage slots in the sink drain do not line up with the slots in the lower drain apparatus as you can hopefully see in the pictures. Is there an easy way to align these slots so that I can see if this solves the problem? Thanks in advance.
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shouldn't be something below to line up. some basket strainers are more restrictive that others. get a basket strainer that has more open space to let the water flow.

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Old 11-15-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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The basket strainer isn't in these pictures. I removed it so you could see my problem. The beige drain is attached to the sink with plumber's putty I believe. The slot in the center of the drain is where the basket drain inserts.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #4
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what you have in the picture is what we call a basket strainer. the stopper for it is what you have removed.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:04 PM   #5
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Got ya. But how do I remove the existing basket strainer then? I think if a rotate it about 30-45 degrees counterclockwise, the slots in the plastic basket strainer would line up better with the slots in the metal below.
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From underneath - that locknut
You might try to loosen it & see if turning it aligns the holes better
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take the nut off that holds the pvc pipe on then take the next nut above it off and that metal cup will come off then you can pull it out.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:19 PM   #8
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So I should start by loosening the lower fatter nut followed by the upper thinner nut and then see if I can align the drain holes better?
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Yes, if there is a way to align them that will let you do it, If not then you can just change the strainer at that point.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:28 AM   #10
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Will loosening the top nut only allow me to rotate the metal strainer or do I have to loosen both nuts? Also, will I have to take the entire assembly apart or should I be able to rotate the strainer once the nut(s) are loosened?
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:29 AM   #11
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Is the metal cup on the underside of the sink attached in any way to the beige basket strainer in the sink or does the metal cup on the underside just fit around the basket strainer?

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