How to unblock sinks and drains

Sinks and drains happen to get clogged from time to time and when this happens it is very important to know what to do and to do it as quickly as possible. Unblocking your sinks and drains needs to be done urgently to avoid flooding your sink and rooms. There are plenty of methods to unclog sinks and drains so if you happen to be in such situation take a look at the ways and techniques you can try for unblocking your sinks and drains.

One thing you can do is open the u-shaped water trap under your sink, which prevents the smells returning from the drains. Unscrew it carefully, which is not very difficult to do by yourself. Place a bowl under it so that the water or liquid don’t spill under your sink. Check if there is something that may be blocking your drain or sink. Then screw it back together, ensuring the rubber seals are on their proper places. Now you can test if your sink still leaks and if it does, the reason for the problem may be deeper in the waste pipe.

Another method you can try is use a black rubber plunger or more advanced and efficient instruments like modern plungers and water plungers, which push the air or water through the pipes to remove the blockage. Keep a damp towel over the plungers or put duct tape to make sure the air or water doesn’t come back.

Another method you can try is simply remove the drain cover and clean all build up and dirt. Remove the stopper and use a drain claw to take out any hair or dirt that may be clogging your bathtub drain. Pull out the dirt with the hanger or drain claw, without pushing it in. Drain claws are appropriate for removing hairs from the bathtub.

Drain cleaning springs are appropriate for unclogging and cleaning deep in the waste pipes. They come in different sizes according to the length of your pipes. You’ll need to use rubber gloves to protect yourself from all the dirt.

Another method for unclogging your drain, good for not fully clogged drains, is using hot water. Use hot, but not boiling water, poured in the drain. Let it work for 10 to 15 minutes and then use a plunger.

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You can also use chemicals to dissolve all hard substances and hairs which are blocking your sink or drain. Chemicals sold in supermarkets are weaker, but you can buy stronger ones if you have more obstinate substances to dissolve. Caustic soda is a strong chemical which is sold in powder for dissolving in water. You should follow the instructions strictly when using it and when applying other chemicals. It burns the skin when it is in contact with it and it heats the water in which is dissolved.

Another method is using baking soda and vinegar. Combine one third glass of baking soda and the same quantity of vinegar. Pour this mixture very fast into the drain. Then pour hot, but not boiling, water in. If the drain doesn’t clear from the stoppage use an electrical or hand plumbing snake to reinforce the process.

For unblocking outdoor drains you can use drain rods. They are very resilient rods made of plastic, which attach to one another to create the rod of the length you need. They are sold together with different attachments for better removing of the obstructions.

You can also use a shop liquid vacuum cleaner to suck out the blockage from the drain. Empty the inside bag and remove the filter, setting the cleaner for vacuum cleaning fluids. Cover the vents to protect them well before you begin work. Place the hose-pipe of the vacuum cleaner on the pipe tight. This way you can control the cleaning process, while wastes are sucked out in the machine from the water trap.

There are plenty of tools, home-made solutions and chemicals you can use for unblocking your bathroom and kitchen sinks and drains. You can try different techniques and combinations of unclogging methods to see which works best for your situation.

Shared by Pt Maintenance Ltd.

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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