A blocked sink is one of the worst household inconveniences. Not only does a blocked sink hamper your ability to clean up and cook, but a blocked sink can also release a foul stench. Living with a blocked sink can be extremely frustrating, and a hindrance to your day-to-day life. No one wants to return home from a long day at work to find they can’t do that morning’s washing up because the sinks are blocked again!
Often, our first instinct is to rush to the phone and contact a plumber out to unblock the sink. A blocked kitchen sink or bathroom sink doesn’t usually require such drastic action, and you can resolve the issue yourself with a few tools and household products.
Save yourself money and the emergency plumber’s time, and try unblocking your blocked sink yourself first. In this blog post, we’re sharing how to unblock your sink with four simple and affordable steps.
Use A Plunger
The vast majority of people will reach for a plunger when their sink is blocked, and rightly so. A plunger is the one piece of equipment everyone needs in their arsenal. Whether you rent or own a property, owning a plunger can save you time and money when it comes to solving common issues such as a blocked sink. When using a plunger to unblock your blocked sink, there are a few things you need to know.
To correctly unblock the sink using a plunger, first make sure the sink is empty. Remove any stagnant water or food debris from inside the sink. Make sure to plug up the sink’s overflow with an old tea towel or piece of cloth. Next, position the plunger over the plug hole and fill up the sink with around an inch of water. Move the plunger up and down over the hole to create a suction. This suction will dislodge any minor blockages such as grease build-up or lodged food.
The plunger should always be your first call to action. If you’re following these steps and your sink is still blocked, it’s time to move on to step number two.
Try A Train Snake
Attempt number two involves another handy piece of plumbing apparatus, the drain snake. The drain snake, sometimes known as the ‘toilet jack’, is a long and thin piece of metal. This flexible piece of thin metal goes down the plug hole and unclogs any blockages. If you don’t own a drain snake, a piece of wire will work just as well. Any long, thin, and relatively flexible piece of wire can be fashioned into a make-do drain snake.
Flush With Soda And Vinegar
If the tools aren’t successful at unblocking your blocked sink, the next step is to try flushing out the blockage with liquid. The first way to do this is with baking soda and white wine vinegar. Add a small amount of baking soda (around half a cup) to one cup of white wine vinegar. This mixture will fizz and bubble, hopefully working its magic to unclog your blocked sink. Once you’ve poured these down the plughole, follow with a flush of hot water.
Purchase A Commercial Drain Unblocker
If the at-home science experiment using white wine vinegar and baking soda fails to unblock your kitchen or bathroom sink, you can try using a shop-bought unblocked. There are numerous branded sinks unblocked available to buy from local DIY stores or even supermarkets. The myriad of different sink unblockers can be daunting. Rather than standing clueless in the middle of the aisle, make sure to do your research beforehand. Look at reviews for popular sink unblockers and even ask friends and family for recommendations. Be aware, a product that works on someone else’s sink might not have the same effect on yours. Using a chemical sink unblocker can be a trial and error process, be prepared not to get it right the first time and part with money for products that don’t achieve the desired effect.
If all previous methods have proved unsuccessful, it’s time to get under the sink and take a look at what’s going on. When unscrewing the U bend of your bathroom or kitchen sink, make sure to put a container underneath. A bucket or bowl will catch any falling water before you take a closer look. Once all the water is drained, unscrew your U bend and take a look. Clean the U bend to remove any dirt or debris that have built up over time and screw it back in place. If your sink still isn’t draining after this step, it’s time to call a plumber.
Having a blocked sink can be immensely frustrating. Before you call your local Norwich plumber in fits of rage, try the simple steps in this blog post
We’ve outlined how to unblock a sink in four easy steps, so you can save yourself money, save the emergency plumber an unnecessary trip, and ensure your kitchen or bathroom sink is back up and running as soon as possible.
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