Unblocking a sink or bath isn’t the most glamorous of DIY jobs, but everyone should know how to do it. If you can fix the problem yourself, you can save having to call a plumber out, and often paying out plenty of money for what can often be only a five minute job.
What are the chief causes of blockages in sinks & bathrooms?
Food particles are the leading cause of kitchen sink blockages, followed by grease.
Hair is the primary cause of bathroom sink blockages, followed by soap scum/residue.
Sinks normally have a”tubular” trap underneath, a curved pipe with connects to the foul water drain. This contains a level of water to avoid odour coming up the plughole. It becomes blocked with hair, grime and food scraps.
The way to effectively detach your sink’s traps. Do it yourself and save cost on a plumber.
Try the easy solutions first.
Pour boiling hot water and a generous squirt of bleach down the plughole. Run the faucet.
If this doesn’t work, use a plunger. Block up the sink overflow (the holes across the top of the basin) with wet kitchen towel, to prevent air escaping. Place some water in the sink or bathtub and set the plunger firmly down to the plughole, lifting it up and down in rapid succession. You will most likely notice hair and other stuff come up from the plughole. This might solve the issue, though not necessarily.
If that won’t work try this traditional remedy: pour a half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, followed by a pint of malt vinegar. The mix will fizz: leave it to stand for one hour then run the tap. If that does not clear the problem? Be careful you do not get any on your skin as it has a corrosive effect on skin, so treat it with respect. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but I know some people who swear by this way of unblocking traps in sinks and baths.
In the event that you still can’t unblock your sink and toilet cubes you may require something’stronger. ‘
I have recently used a proprietary product specifically intended for unblocking traps and it worked a treat. I poured it down the plughole, left it to work for an hour or so, poured very hot water down following it, and it cleared the blockage.
If all else fails, put the plug in, and place a bucket under the trap. Use a wire to clear out the trap and the pipes. The cause of the blockage should be lurking. Replace the trap tightly, checking for leaks. Remove the plug and turn on the faucets. Water running free? Then pour disinfectant down the sink.
If in the past you’ve tried the simpler solutions and they have only worked for a short period of time then it may be better for you just to go to the last remedy listed here, that of unscrewing the trap and having a good clear out.
If you’ve tried this last solution and it still has not worked, it’s probably something more serious, in which case you then need to think about calling out a plumber. The blockage may be farther away from the trap, in the drain . The vast majority of problems can be fixed by you, so always try it yourself as a way of saving your hard earned cash.