Slow drains - my problem, or the landlord's?
March 27, 2014 8:15 AM Subscribe
I just moved into an apartment a month ago. The bathtub, bathroom sink and kitchen sink drain slowly (but eventually). I don't remember whether they were slow when I moved in. I didn't have a hair strainer on the tub for the first few days so it's entirely possible it's my hair causing the backup (though that doesn't explain the kitchen sink). Is this my problem to fix or theirs? It's getting progressively worse.
posted by desjardins to Home & Garden (44 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Possibly relevant - the apartment was built in the 1920s and there are 8 other units. I haven't talked to anyone else in the building, but could their plumbing habits affect mine?
The toilet works fine.
The kitchen sink does not have a garbage disposal. I've been pretty careful about not letting food or grease go down the drain but it's possible some crumbs got down there. It's a double sink; I hand wash dishes in one sink and use a drying rack in the other one. When I drain the first, the water backs up slightly in the other one, but it does all drain.
The lease doesn't say anything about plumbing. The landlord is okay, if a little gruff, and I expect they would fix this if asked but I'm planning on staying here awhile so if this is my responsibility, I want to take care of it. (Add-on question: best method to clear the clog, assuming these are old pipes?)