The most common plumbing problem homeowners come up against is the blocked sink.
Signs of a clogged sink include foul smells from your plughole, slow drainage, water in the sink when there is no plug in the plughole and gurgling noises during draining. A blocked sink can be caused by the build-up of oils, greases, fats or soap residue in the drain, foodstuffs stuck in the U-bend or even pieces of plastic, paper or cotton buds that have found their way down the plughole. Unless the problem persists, there’s no need to call a plumber as we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you unblock your sink yourself.
Before you start we recommend you wear eye protection goggles and rubber gloves for all methods of unclogging your sink, and even a mask to protect from fumes and smells. For methods one, four and five we also recommend you place newspaper or towels on the floor to protect it from any potential spills or splashback.
The first step when unblocking any sink should be to try a traditional plunger method. A plunger will add and remove air through the pipe to forcefully dislodge any blockage.
A second attempt to unclog the sink without using any chemical reactions, chemicals or getting surgical, this method uses the force of water going down the drain to flush or dislodge any debris or build-ups.
The next two methods use chemical reactions to remove soap residue, oil, fat and grease from drain.
For this method we recommend you wear a mask to protect yourself from any fumes.
This is a simple method using dissolvable soda crystals. Be careful not to scald yourself with the boiling water.
For this method, you’ll have to position yourself under the sink and get your hands dirty. Be sure to put down a towel or some old newspaper to avoid any water damage or staining from potential leaks or spillages.
If none of these methods work for you, it may suggest there is a problem deeper within the drainage system. This is when it’s time to call a plumber.
Avoiding a blocked sink is simple and saves the hassle of clearing the obstruction yourself or having to call out a plumber. Some of our tips for preventing a blocked sink include:
Prevention is always the most effective tool but on the off-chance that your sink clogs up, we hope this guide will have helped you to unblock your sink and avoid any unnecessary plumbing bills.