A blocked or slowly draining sink is one of life’s many frustrations. Thankfully, there are steps you can take with the use of common household objects to overcome the problem yourself. With a little elbow grease and a little luck, your sink will be back on top form in a matter of minutes.
The process is simple so keep reading and see how you can DIY your blocked sink today.
As mentioned, there are a few tools you’ll need before you get to work. Raid your cupboards for the following:
- Rubber washing up gloves and safety goggles if you have a pair available
- A standard bathroom plunger
- A medium sized dishcloth
- Some baking soda and some white vinegar
- A bucket or large bowel
Each item has its own role to play so keep them to hand and follow the instructions below.
The Unblocking Process
Some steps can be skipped but its best they’re followed in order to ensure the best chance of success.
- Unscrew and remove your plug. Use your hands to remove any bits of dirt or grime that you can see and reach. There will probably be a few strands of slimy hair present if you’re tackling a bathroom sink.
- Use your dishcloth to block the sinks’ overflow passage. You need to create an airtight seal if possible.
- You then want to fill your basin with enough water to fully cover your plug hole.
- Reach for your plunger and cover your plug hole with the rubber section. Whilst holding the dishcloth in place, gently plunge up and down to start the unblocking process.
- You should be able to hear a gurgling sound as water begins to drain and the blockage is cleared slightly.
- Dependent upon the extent of your blockage, you may need to make use of your baking soda and vinegar. Pour a tablespoon of baking soda down your drain followed by a cup of white vinegar.
- You’ll then be able to hear a fizzing sound as the solution gets to work. Leave the solution for a couple of minutes and then flush with boiling hot water.
By now, you should have a fully functioning sink. If not, you’re going to need to call in the experts. If you live in Greater Melbourne or the nearby suburbs, you’ll be able to call upon a drain unblocking company. A Melbourne blocked drain specialist will be well versed in dealing with this and all other types of plumbing and drainage issues. They will be able to identify the exact cause of the problem and propose a solution.
If you haven’t been able to clear your sink and you’re not quite ready to give up, consider going one step further and dismantling your sinks u-bend. You’ll be able to find it directly underneath your sink and by carefully unscrewing the locking collars present, you’ll be able to access the inside of the pipework.
It is here that you may be able to find the root cause of the problem. Keep your rubber gloves on and that bucket handy as there will likely be a lot of mess as you remove any built up sludge that wasn’t removed with your plunger or baking soda solution.