Removing a drain pipe is probably something you don’t want to do yourself. But at some point, you have to do it, whether to replace a faulty drain pipe or to do some repairs. Don’t worry; this is pretty easy to do. With the right tools on hand, you can finish this in a few minutes. Here is a guideline.
- Assign an assistant. Removing a drain pipe is basically a one-man job, but to make things a lot things easier, you can have someone help you out. The assistant’s job is basically to hand the tools to you and to illuminate the work area with a flashlight. This especially applies if the work area is too tiny to move your hands around or too dim for you to see the drain pipe.
- Clear the area. Open the cabinet under the bathroom sink. Remove everything in the cabinet, so you can have a spacious area to work in. Place all items in a basket or container and set aside.
- Prepare your tools. You need to have adjustable wrench, adjustable pliers, and bucket for this task. Also, don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your hands from any chemical or water that might leak from the drain pipe.
- Disconnect the P-trap. The P-trap is the curved pipe that is used to prevent gases from passing through the drain pipe. You can easily find it because of its shape. Start by putting a bucket under the P-trap to collect the remaining water. Now, locate both ends of the P-trap. Using the adjustable pliers, loosen the nuts found at the ends of the P-trap one at a time, making sure to turn them counterclockwise. Do this very gently. If the nuts are already loose, pull the P-trap off its place.
- Clean the water spills. Take note that the above step will cause water spills on the floor of the cabinet. Especially if the floor is made of wood, you need to immediately wipe the water off. If you do this, not only will you prevent wood floor damages, you also get a clean space to work in.
- Release the nut of the drain pipe. The nut is right below your sink. It has ridges around so that it can be easily loosened with a wrench. You only need to turn it counterclockwise until it becomes loose. Remember, however, not to forcibly turn the drain pipe nut, as doing so can cause damages. Once loose, you can pull the drain pipe from below your sink.
- Reinstall the parts. Remember to put the parts back on as soon as you are done making repairs. You might have to caulk or glue the parts. Make sure to reinstall the parts properly to prevent drain problems in the future.
If you don’t have the courage to remove the drain pipe yourself, you better hire a professional to do it. It’s better to pay than to do it yourself and incur damages in the process. But make sure to watch how the professional plumber does the job, so in case you need to remove the drain pipe again, you can confidently do it on your own.