Unblocking a sink or tub is not the most glamorous of DIY jobs, but everyone should know how to do it. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save having to call a plumber out, and often paying out plenty of cash for what can often be just a five minute job.
What are the chief causes of blockages in sinks & bathrooms?
Food particles are the number one cause of kitchen sink blockages, followed by grease.
Hair is the number one cause of bathroom sink blockages, followed by soap scum/residue.
Sinks normally have a”tubular” trap underneath, a curved pipe with links 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 expense on a plumber.
Try the simple solutions first.
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. Put some water in the sink or bathtub and place the plunger firmly down on the plughole, lifting it up and down in rapid succession. You will probably see hair and other stuff come up from the plughole. This might solve the problem, though not always.
If that will not work try this traditional remedy: pour down a half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, followed by a spoonful of malt vinegar. The mixture will fizz: leave it to stand for one hour then run the tap. If that does not clear the problem? Caustic soda (Sodium hydroxide) in a water solution. 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 method of unblocking traps in sinks and baths.
If you still can not unblock your sink and toilet cubes you may require something’stronger. ‘
That I have recently used a proprietary product specifically designed for unblocking cubes 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 after it, and it cleared the blockage.
If all else fails, put the plug in, and put a bucket under the trap. Unscrew the trap, remove it and empty the contents. Use a wire to clean out the snare 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 taps. Water running free? Then pour disinfectant down the sink.
If before you have tried the simpler solutions and they have only worked for a brief time period then it can be better for you just to go to the previous remedy listed here, that of unscrewing the snare and having a good clear out.
If you have tried this last solution and it has not worked, it is probably something more serious, in which case you then need to consider calling out a plumber. The blockage may be further away from the trap, in the drain . The huge majority of issues can be fixed by you, so always try it yourself as a means of saving your hard earned cash.