Blocked Sinks – 6 Do’s And Don’ts

Published on: Oct 07 2013

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A blocked sink can be a frustrating affair. There are few sights more ominous than a sink, with the plug already pulled out, brimming with water. And you never realise how much you rely on your sink until it’s out of action. If it’s your kitchen sink which is blocked, piles of washing up will soon result if you don’t fix it. And if it’s your bathroom sink… well, the consequences of that don’t even bear thinking about.

So when you suffer from a blockage in your home, it’s important to get it sorted out as soon as you can. Many people leave a blockage and don’t do anything to fix it however this is a critical mistake as it could do further damage and cost more to fix.

Here are some common laws of practice to follow when trying to tackle a blocked sink (because the last thing you want to do is make the situation worse):

Do… Use a plunger

Standard cup plungers will work best for most sinks. You can usually pick one of these up in your local DIY store or supermarket, and they tend to be fairly cheap. Simply place the end of the plunger over the offending plug fitting and use a sharp, jabbing motion to shift any clogging debris.

Don’t… Poke things down the plug

If you don’t own a plunger, don’t fool yourself into thinking that attacking the plug with random objects will be a just as effective way of getting the job done. Attempting to tackle your blockage with straws and wire coat hangers may seem like a good idea, and might even work occasionally – but these objects can easily become trapped in the fitting and compound the situation.

Do… Use a chemical sink unblocking agent

These products are readily available in many supermarkets, won’t damage your pipes, and are in most cases very effective at relieving blockages.

blocked drainsSource: Flickr

Don’t… Just use any chemical you can get your hands on

Drain unblocking products are specifically designed to sink through water and get to the root of the problem. Don’t assume that bleach or oven cleaner will do the same job just as well. You already have a sink full of water you can’t get rid of. You don’t want to make things worse by swapping this for a sink full of dangerous chemicals.

Do… Call a plumber if you can’t unblock it yourself

It can be tough to admit defeat, but don’t let DIY pride ruin your everyday life – at the end of the day, you need your sink back. If you can’t unblock the sink yourself, call a professional.

Don’t… Try to unscrew the fitting yourself

As tempting as it may be to have a go at fixing those deep rooted blockages yourself, you don’t want to run the risk of losing parts, or flooding your kitchen or bathroom with water. Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s always best to get a qualified plumber in to help.

This article is written by Adam who works for Wharf Plumbing, in the UK. The company offers kitchen sinks and taps online for your home. When he isn’t working, Adam enjoys visiting his family in Paris.

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