A blocked drain inevitably occurs every so often and a sink or basin or no exception. Wishing for the block to simply just go away? Unfortunately it will not make the situation any better, it will require some patience and old-fashioned elbow grease before that can happen. Before you call in your local plumber, why not give these few handy DIY tips a go and you can save some money and learn this plumbing trick or two.
Unfortunately, many sinks clog because people are unaware about what they can and cannot put down the drain. Some of the biggest causes of kitchen sink blockages comes from people absentmindedly putting coffee grounds, grease and oil down the sink. A good rule to follow to is that if it isn’t a liquid, it shouldn’t be going down the sink. At some point, the grease will solidify in the piping system and the coffee grounds will ball up and also clog.
While prevention is the best cure, sometimes it’s too late and you need to know how to fix it before it gets any worse. The first thing to try is plunge down the drain, place it over the drain and make sure it is covered in water so that an airtight seal is created. Pump the handle up and down until the clog is removed. If this doesn’t work, the next step is to try adding three teaspoons of bicarbonate soda and a cup of vinegar. These harmless enzymes will react in the drain and should help unclog the harder blockages.
We do not recommend drain cleaners as they are made up of hazardous chemicals which are not something you want to be willingly bringing into your home. Not only this, they can also damage the internal structure of the pipes which just creates a more larger problems.
If you have exhausted all of these tips, it may be time to bring in the professionals. Don’t give up on your DIY dreams just yet because if the blockage hasn’t been cleared then it usually is the sign of a much deeper issue.
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