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 out a plumber, and often paying out plenty of money for what can often be only a five minute job.
What are the main causes of blockages in sinks & baths?
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 level of water to prevent odour coming up the plughole. It becomes obstructed with hair, grime and food scraps.
How 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 set the plunger firmly down to the plughole, lifting it up and down in rapid succession. You will most likely see hair and other stuff come up from the plughole. This might solve the issue, 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 pint of malt vinegar. The mixture will fizz: leave it to stand for one hour then run the faucet. If that does not clear the problem? Caustic soda (possum control) 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 folks who swear by this method of unblocking traps in sinks and bathrooms.
In the event that you still can’t re install 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 following it, and it cleared the blockage.
If all else fails, put the plug in, and place 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. Replace the trap tightly, checking for leaks. Remove the plug and turn on the taps. Then pour disinfectant down the sink.
If before you have tried the simpler solutions and they’ve only worked for a short period of time then it may be better for you to go to the previous remedy listed here, that of unscrewing the trap and having a good clear out.
If you’ve tried this last solution and it still has not worked, it’s probably something more serious, in which case you then need to think about calling out a plumber. The blockage could be farther away from the trap, in the drain itself. The huge majority of problems can be fixed by you, so always try it yourself as a way of saving your hard earned cash.