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bathroom sink filling up with water and does not drain.The

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bathroom sink filling up with water and does not drain.The water is filling up from the drain
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Patrick replied 8 years ago.
Your sink stopper is most likely plugged with hair, soap and toothpaste build up. Basically, slimy stuff. If you have a stopper in the sink with a pop up on the faucet you can go to the drain under the sink and disconnect the pop up rod and then follow the drain plug lever to the retainer cap on the lever. Unscrew the cap and pull the lever rod out. You can now pull the pop up drain plug out of the sink and clean the gunk off it. Use an old toothbrush to clean it well after pulling off the hair and gunk. Put the drain plug back in and reinstall the lever and cap, hook up the pop up rod under the sink and you should be back in business. In the event that you do not have a pop up drain plug, you will most likely have hair and gunk built up in the P trap of the drain. Use a plunger and hold your fingers over the overflow holes in the sink. It is best to have some water in the sink. Now, plunge the plunger diligently to push the blockage on. If this does not do the trick, go below the sink and remove the drain trap. Use a bucket to catch water. Use a snake/auger and rod through the drain line to the wall and back up to the sink drain to make sure it is clear. Run the auger through the drain P trap and make sure it is clear. Good luck. I have provided multiple solution sbased upon what your drain set up is. If this has proven helpful, please remember to hit ACCEPT, otherwise I do not receive credit. Thank you.