Kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower or tub drains slowly.

Written by Old Republic Home Protection | Jul 19, 2017 7:15:00 PM

If you have multiple stoppages in the home, (i.e., toilet, sinks, laundry line, or any combination of these) this is considered a "main line" stoppage and requires a plumber. Call our service department for assistance.

If you have a slow drain in a kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, or tub, this can be caused by food, hair, and/or sludge buildup and can be easily remedied. Pour 1 cup each of baking soda, salt, and vinegar. Pour baking soda and salt into drain, immediately followed by vinegar. Let sit for approximately 15-20 minutes. As you wait, boil a pot of water. After the 15-20 minutes have passed, pour the boiling water down the drain to flush the pipes out. You may need to do this multiple times to completely clear the line. Note: Do not use this remedy if you have already used a store-bought remedy in the same drain.

We also recommend liquid drain cleaners (not the crystals). The liquid drain cleaners are not recommended on the kitchen sink if there is a garbage disposal, as they have been known to damage the disposals. Make sure to follow the directions for maximum effectiveness.