very odd problem !!

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  1. ianmulluk

    ianmulluk New Member

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    I have a very slow draining sink in the bathroom.
    I have removed the p trap and cleaned it out.
    I have cleaned the other pipes and can pour water down them successfully.
    I can pour water throught the p trap when it is not connected.

    HOWEVER - when I reconnect it all , after only 1 cupfull of water down the sink it starts backing up .
    How can this be ??
    The p trap works fine when i disconnect it and run water through it and we have NO blockage

    Really Odd - HELP !!

    Thanks
    Ian
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Slow drain

    I've seen older homes that did not have a vent for the bathroom basin. That's what it sounds like to me. Check to see if there is a vent or if the vent is blocked. If there is no vent at all, you might look at a Studor vent for the basin.
  3. srdenny

    srdenny Plumbing Contractor

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    Remove the pop-up and inspect inside the drain.. There may be an obstruction in the overflow holes in the tailpiece.
  4. Bob's HandyGuy

    Bob's HandyGuy Senior Member

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    Also, make sure your pop-up is adjusted so that it goes up all the way.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    If as little as one cup of water backs up I agree that the problem is right there in the pop up drain assembly. An amazing amount of "gook" ( soap mixed with decaying hair) can build up there.
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