Before fully replacing your sink drain there are a couple of tips one can do to improve the speed of draining. The most common type of problem associated with a poor sink drain is clogging. However, this is an issue most people can fix on their own. The culprit behind clogging, is generally a slimy mixture of soap scum, hair, sticky styling products, and/or thick shaving foam that has accumulated on the drain walls. While some people might be tempted to reach for commercial liquid drain cleaners from the beginning, note these harsh and corrosive chemicals can irritate your skin, eyes and even harm pipes. Since removing the blockage often won’t take any chemicals at all, it is suggested to attempt steps before rushing to the hardware store.
If none of the tips above helped fix the sink drain, contact a local plumber to check out the issue; chances are the block is too far down the pipe where specialized tools may be needed . Additionally, there is a possibility that the entire sink drain has to be replaced due to an issue unrelated to clogging; such as physical damage or rusting.