There may be something plastic or metal stuck in the trap. Get a pail and a plumbers wrench. Take off the hexagonal plug at the bottom, the water in the trap will flow out and you can pull out what is blocking in from there or if it won't fit, push it back up to the sink using a special tool designed for this task called a coat hanger. .
If you have a trap without an emergency drain, sometime you have to take the trap off and either buy a new slightly bigger one or clean it out and re-install. It might be easier to pop for a plumber. Doing it your self can sometimes end up costing more in Phsychiatrist fees than hiring a plumber. It will take him approximately 10 minutes to do the whole thing because he has done it so many times before. They usually charge a minimum price, but you won't be charged more that the minimum.
It probably is hair, you can try the new double action that cleans the sides of the pipe of guck and dissolves what is in the trap. The bottles are divided in half down the middle into two seperate containers. But buy two bottles instead of one and pour both in at the same time. It should form a little pool at the top of the sink or tub and leave it for 24 hours. Think of this way. So much chemical can only dissolve so much hair. So once it us used up, the chemical action stops. Then as the chemical action stops, some more drain cleaner drops down to dissolve more.
There is an easy way to prevent it. Every week use another product Draino makes which is a special thick drain cleaner for stopped up drains, it is really hard core stuff and looks like jello when you pour it out, not a liquid. An couple of ounces in every drain every week prevents the problem and you don't have to pour in half bottle as the instructions say. I have three girls and this product has saved my sanity (Despite cries of what horrible things I am doing to the enviroment and baking soda and vinegar work just as well because it said so in the magazine where Angelina Jolie is breaking up with Brad Pitt).
I have three girls and this product has saved my sanity (well to tell the truth, there isn't any left to save, but you know what I mean).
· 1 decade ago