Sooner or later you’re going to experience a blocked or slow to drain sink or basin. Despite our best efforts, stray hair and bits of food always seem to end up where they don’t belong. If you’re experiencing a drainage problem, it’s time to see if you can clear it.
Here in this article we’re going to provide an overview of how you can go about clearing a blocked drain, whether a sink, toilet or shower drain.
Collect Your Equipment
You’re going to need a plunger; that piece of rubber on a stick you’ve seen lying around your bathroom. If you don’t have one, they’re available for a few pounds from any good home store.
We would also suggest some type of drain snake which is going to assist you in rodding the drain in question. Finally, consider buying some drain crystals or gel which are a great way to clear even the most stubborn of blockages.
The Procedure Required
Once you’ve gathered all the materials you need, start by;
- Boiling about a litre of hot water in your kettle. This is going to soften up the gunk in your drain, making it easier to clear.
- Fill the basin in question with water and then begin plunging the plug hole with your plunger.
- After roughly 10 seconds, flush half a litre of boiling water down the drain.
By now you should be hearing a series of pops and gurgles. This is a good sign as it lets you know that the blockage is on its way to being cleared. Fill the sink with more water and note the rate at which it drains. If the water drains away immediately as it should, job done. If not, it’s time to use your drain snake.
The drain snake is a great way to dislodge any stubborn bits of food or hair that have found themselves stuck just beneath the plug hole. Simply insert it and push it all the way down until you meet resistance.
Inspect and Clean the Trap
We would also suggest that you dismantle the trap if you’re trying to unblock a sink. Simply look underneath the sink or basin and unscrew the knurled collar which will be holding the pipework together. No tools are required here, just your hands.
Once dismantled, inspect the pipework for any debris. You will likely see a considerable amount of hair build up if a bathroom sink and food waste if a kitchen sink. With the aid of rubber gloves, remove all of this debris and bin it.
Reassemble and then pour some of the chemical drain unblocker down the sink as per the instructions.
Call the Experts
In future, regular plunging and flushing with hot water will go a long way to keeping your drains clearer for longer. If you ever find yourself needing to clear a drain blockage in Deal or the surrounding areas, there will be several companies you can call on for assistance. These companies have a wide range of specialist tools at their disposal which will see blocked drains cleared much faster than you could attempt on your own.
Whether you’re able to clear your drains on your own or you need help, make sure it’s done as soon as possible to avoid further complications.