How to unblock a sink drain [a guide]
A clean draining sink is something we all take for granted until it’s too late. Having a blocked sink drain is a more common problem than you would think and can be caused by a simple build-up of soap scum. It’s possible that, over the year, you may find yourself faced with a sink that isn’t draining as it should, and so we have created a guide into unblocking yours.
Remove any visible debris
One of the first approaches you can take to unblock your sink is one of the simplest but could involve getting your hands dirty – quite literally. When doing this, we would recommend wearing marigolds or other protective and waterproof gloves. By removing the plughole from your sink, you may be able to see visible grime that is causing the blockage. You may want to use a torch to help you. If possible, use your fingers to remove the build-up. You may find that this resolves the issue.
Use your plunger
If you are able to see, but not reach the blockage in your sink drain, you may need to reach for other resources, such as a plunger. For the most effective result, we would recommend filling your sink so that your plughole is covered by water and creates an airtight seal. Of course, this will only work if your plug is severely blocked and is preventing water from draining away. From here, you can cover your plug with the plunger and gently push it down and pull it up, keeping it in contact with the base of your sink. You should place an old tea towel over the overflow to prevent any nasty and surprising leaks.
Use baking soda and white vinegar
Home remedies can be effective around the home, including unblocking of drains. Two products you are likely to have in your cupboards are baking soda and vinegar, and this could provide the result you are looking for. Simply pour a small amount of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of white vinegar. Hearing a fizzing noise is normal. Once you hear it, leave it to work its magic for 5 minutes before following the solution with boiling water.
Purchase a drain unblocker
A drain unblocker will work in a similar way to baking soda and white vinegar, but the stronger solution can provide a longer lasting result. Products such as Mr Muscle can be purchased in almost any hardware store and supermarket. You will find specifically tailored instructions on the back of your chosen drain unblocker and you should follow these accurately.
Call for a professional
Home remedies and DIY projects can provide great satisfaction when effective or done correctly, but it doesn’t always work out that way. If you have tried all you can, but the blockage in your sink still won’t shift, it may be best to call for a professional. With the necessary tools and expertise, your blockage can be removed completely and safely.
Here at Bromley Plumbers, we provide emergency plumbing and drainage services whenever you need us. To find out more about how we operate, or to request a visit from our team of specialists, get in touch by calling 0208 050 2707 or emailing us at email@example.com.