2005-08-02: Popsicle sticks of DOOMSo, when I dropped by the house today to get pictures of the parts I need for my server racks, I grew annoyed at the flow rate of the bathroom sink. It's been slow for a while now, but I finally resolved to address it since I was irked by it at the moment. For the record, I'd stopped by the house to shave, since I'd had to run to a meeting and didn't have time to shave in the morning.
Anyway, I just opened up the drawer under the sink, unscrewed the sink trap with a wrench, and promptly discovered that water does tend to sit in the trap, and when you attempt to remove the trap, it exercises its option of seeking freedom from the trap. I brought over an empty aluminum lasagna tray destined for recycling, put it under the trap like an oil pan, and removed the sink trap. Before anyone thinks that the under-sink area got swamped... nah, I noticed it after the first couple drops, and re-tightened it until I had the tray underneath.
Lodged inside the trap, I found something kinda plastic-ish and rubbery, with the dimensions of a popsicle stick. I chose not to handle it, so I can't be too sure of anything about it other than that it now inhabits my trashcan. What I think caused the flow rate issues however, was the small plastic cap from some bottle which was being held in place by said popsicle stick. Once I cleared both of those obstacles from the sink trap, all the flow rate issues vanished promptly.
Now that the flow rate's been optimized (faster than it's ever been since I moved in - which is why I think the popsicle stick was there to begin with and the cap was just contributing), I've just got to actually get around to cleaning the sink itself.