No doubt over the past ten years one of the biggest trends in bathroom decorative plumbing has been the vessel sink. They can be one of the easiest ways to take your bathroom fixtures from drab to fab and create a little distinction in your design. Unfortunately, like so many things in the remodel experience, a vessel sink is only as good as the plumber installing it and the plumbing it is being hooked up to. One of the most common complaints I’ve heard is when the sinks don’t drain quickly, or at all. Many people think this is a product issue or a clog issue when in reality it is an airflow issue.
Wait what does air have to do with water?
Anyone whose ever owned a water cooler will tell you that when they are pouring a glass of water, occasionally the flow will slow down or stop until the bottle sucks in more are, which gives you what some scientists call the “water cooler glub glub”.
OK, so water needs to be displaced by air. I get it, but what can I do?
I’m glad you asked. The first best option is to make sure your homes vent system is up to code. Every drainage system has pipes that run up through the roof that allow your sewer to take in air and to harmlessly expel sewer gases that get trapped in the line. Most people don’t discover the problem until the remodel is nearly complete and opening up the wall can be very costly. Luckily there is a solution available at your nearest hardware store that costs less than a tank of gas.
There is a product on the market called a Studor Vent. This little gizmo is very simple to install and is designed to allow air into the plumbing system from under the sink, without allowing gases to escape. By installing this your sinks should drain freely. without any gurgles or burps. Best of all the solution is out of site, and therefore out of mind.