So this is the first time I’ve lived in a place with a pedestal sink (as opposed to a vanity/cabinet sink) and the first time I’ve shared a bathroom with a guy in over a decade.
The sink clogs every time he shaves. We can’t afford to buy a bottle of Drano every month, and various home remedies are fairly limited in effectiveness. We’ve tried a cheap plastic snake, baking soda and vinegar, and now bleach, but at best it seems to just move the clog enough to allow water flow, and eventually the clog will move back and mostly plug up the pipe again.
How can we prevent this from happening in the first place? We’ve tried having him use the metal hair catch grate we have for the tub, but he said that the hairs were too short to get caught. (So why on earth are they apparently long enough to get caught in the drain??)
I don’t know if this is something unique to pedestal sinks, like the drain pipe is narrower or something. I really can’t see the pipes as they’re inside the porcelain pedestal, and while I think the pedestal is open in the back, there’s not enough room between it and the wall to see anything. Is there something we can do to prevent this from happening again? I can buy another bottle of Drano to clear things up this time, but I don’t want to have to keep doing that again and again. I’d rather it not get clogged in the first place.
FWIW my own hair doesn’t seem to clog the drain, no idea why.