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If your sink is slow to drain or is not draining, the cause might be a clog in the P-trap. Before calling a plumber, use this comprehensive guide to clean and remove a PVC P-trap to see if the drainage problem resolves.

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    • Clear out the space if the trap is located in a hard-to-reach place.

    • Turn off the water valve for the sink.

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    • Place towels around the area.

    • Place a bucket or bowl under the P-trap.

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    • Loosen the coupling nuts from the pipe above and below the drain using a wrench.

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    • Loosen the nuts on the upper and lower pipe and disconnect the the P-trap.

    • Remove the U shape from the piping, and dump any water into bowl.

    • Pull the PVC pipe that is connected to the wall out horizontally.

    • Pull the PVC pipe closest to the drain in a downward motion.

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    • Empty any water into a bucket.

    • Clear out the interior of the PVC pipe using a bottle brush or wire, spinning and moving the brush through the pipe.

    • Remove any soap scum.

    • This may appear black and sludge-like.

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    • Using a different water source, run the hot water through the P-trap parts.

    • Check that the P-Trap parts are clear.

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    • Reassemble the trap, but leave the horizontal pipe disconnected.

    • Insert the short pipe into the the U shape and loosely tighten the nut.

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    • Insert the horizontal pipe back into the water output in the wall. Begin to tighten the nut closest to the wall.

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    • Insert the top of the P-trap back onto drain pipe.

    • Align the pipes so the pipes are touching.

    • Once aligned, secure all the nuts tightly.

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    • Turn the water valve back on to check the P-Trap for leaks.

    • Run hot water for 30 seconds or more, and use your hand to feel for any leaking.

    • If you do, identify which section is leaking and tighten the nut.

    • If it continues to leak, you may need to use threading tape, which is shown in the next step.

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    • Take the P -trap off after locating the leak.

    • Use the threading tape on the PVC pipe to help the nuts tighten. Simply wrap the threading tape around the threading on the pipe where the leak was found.

    • Put the PVC P-trap back on and tighten the nuts.

    • Turn the water back on as you check for leaks.

    • wrap the tape in a clockwise direction around the pipe threads.

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    • Put the P trap back into place.

    • Give the P-trap one more look to ensure all the nuts are tightened.

    • Double check alignment and you are finished.

Abschluss

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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