When I turn on the water to my double-vanity bathroom sinks, water begins pooling within the bowl after only a few seconds. The drain lines below the sinks appear to be clear (there is no debris in any of the pipes I could access when I took apart the P-traps) and the problem occurs even if I remove the drain stoppers completely.
Each sink bowl has its own 1.25-inch P-trap, both of which tie into a 1.5-inch vertical PVC pipe that goes into the floor. There is also a vertical vent line going up through the wall, although I can't see where it connects to the drain line going into the floor (in fact, I don't know for sure that they even are connected, but that is the only reason the vent stack would be there, so I'm assuming they are).
I installed this double vanity myself in place of a single vanity. I didn't make any real modifications to the drain line when I did that; I just installed P-traps below my two new sinks and tied them into the vertical line that goes into the floor, which was already there.
I'm wondering if I needed to install a separate vent stack for each sink when I converted to a double vanity. I'm also wondering if there could be some kind of issue where each sink in the vanity wants to vent out of the other sink instead of using the vent pipe in the wall. Basically, I don't understand enough about how venting works to figure out if this is indeed the problem, and if so, what specifically is not right.
I'll hire a plumber if I can't figure this out, but I'm hoping to get insight here that will save me that expense.