Unblocking a sink or tub 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 cash 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 toilet sink blockages, followed by soap scum/residue.
Sinks normally have a”tubular” trap beneath, a curved pipe with links to the foul water drain. This contains a degree of water to avoid odor coming up the plughole. It becomes obstructed with hair, opossum control, 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.
If this doesn’t work, use a plunger. Block up the sink overflow (the holes across the surface 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 quick 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 spoonful of malt vinegar. The mix will fizz: leave it to stand for one hour then run the tap. If that doesn’t clear the problem? Be careful you don’t 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 folks who swear by this way of unblocking traps in sinks and bathrooms.
In the event that you still can’t re install your sink and toilet cubes you will require something ‘stronger. ‘
That I have recently employed a proprietary product specifically intended for unblocking cubes and it worked a treat. I poured it down the plughole, left it to work for an hour or so, poured hot water down following it, and it cleared the blockage.
If all else fails, put the plug in, and put a bucket under the trap. Use a wire to clean out the snare and the pipes. Replace the snare, checking for leaks. Remove the plug and turn on the taps.
If before you’ve tried the easier solutions and they’ve only worked for a brief time period then it can be better for you to go to the previous remedy recorded here, that of unscrewing the snare and having a good clear out.
If you’ve tried this last solution and it has not worked, it’s most likely something more serious, in which case you then need to consider calling out a plumber. The blockage may be farther 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 money.