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Why Won’t My Sink Water Drain?

When it comes to our everyday lives, we often take certain things for granted, such as the ability to turn on a faucet and have water flow effortlessly into the sink. However, there are times when we encounter situations where the water simply won’t join the sink, leaving us puzzled and frustrated. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve dealt with all kinds of plumbing problems. If your sink isn’t draining properly, these are some potential causes.

Clogged Drain

One of the primary reasons for water not joining the sink is a clogged drain. Over time, debris, soap scum, hair, and other particles can accumulate in the drainpipe, obstructing the flow of water. This buildup restricts the water from freely flowing down the drain. To tackle this issue, you can try using a plunger or a drain snake to dislodge the blockage. If the clog persists, you may need to seek professional help.

Faulty Faucet

Another culprit behind the water not joining the sink could be a faulty faucet. A worn-out or malfunctioning faucet can hinder the water flow or cause leaks, preventing it from reaching the sink. In such cases, you might need to replace the faucet or repair the existing one. It’s advisable to consult a plumber or a professional for proper assessment and guidance.

Water Supply Issues

Sometimes, the problem may not lie within the sink itself but in the water supply. Low water pressure or a disrupted water supply can result in weak or no water flow to the sink. You can check if the issue is localized to a single faucet or affects multiple fixtures in your home. If it’s a widespread problem, contacting your water utility provider would be the appropriate course of action.

Shut-off Valves

Many sinks are equipped with shut-off valves under the basin. These valves allow you to control the water flow to individual fixtures. If the shut-off valve for your sink is accidentally closed or partially shut, it can impede the water from reaching the faucet. Ensure that the valve is fully open to restore the water flow.

Frozen Pipes

During cold winter months, water pipes can freeze, leading to a complete blockage of water flow. When pipes freeze, the water cannot reach the sink, causing a disruption in the plumbing system. To thaw frozen pipes, you can use a hairdryer or apply heat to the affected area. However, it’s crucial to proceed with caution to avoid any damage or injury. It’s advisable to consult a professional plumber in such situations.

Call a Professional Maryland Plumber

Encountering situations where sink water won’t drain can be frustrating, but it’s essential to identify the underlying cause to address the problem effectively. If you have a sink that just refuses to drain, it may be time to call in an experienced plumber. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we have helped many homeowners with their plumbing issues, and we look forward to helping you! You can send us a message through our website, or feel free to give us a phone call at (866-532-0130).

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