Whether it’s the toilet or kitchen sink, any kind of blockage can be a disaster! Unfortunately, your sink is not a bottomless pit where bits and pieces of leftover food and gunk magically disappears – everything has to go somewhere, or in a case of a clogged sink, maybe not.
Accumulation of grease in the trap, or fibres getting caught just below the grid on the plug hole are the most common causes for blockages. If you notice that the water doesn’t drain away at all, it’s a sign that there’s an obstruction in the waste pipe.
Fortunately, unclogging your sink is a fairly straightforward fix and you can do this yourself easily with these 3 steps:
Step 1: Bring Out The Plunger
First, you need to check whether your sink is completely blocked or not. You can usually tell this if the water level does not go down after 10 minutes. If it is, fill the sink with water until half full and place the cup of a sink plunger over the entire plug-hole. In case of any overflows around the rim of the plunger, you can use a tape around it seal the rim to avoid any loss of pressure.
Hold the plunger in an upright position and plunge up and down vigorously about 7-10 times. Release and check if the water can flow out now. Otherwise move on to step 2.
Step 2: Use Unclogging Ingredients
You’ve tried the plunger and it doesn’t work – it probably means you’ve got a ‘tight’ clog. Instead of using a chemical draining product, try going all natural first using this baking soda and vinegar combo:
- Pour some boiling hot water down the drain, followed by half cup of baking soda. Leave for a few minutes.
- Next, pour in a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of hot water on top of the baking soda.
- The combination of baking soda and vinegar will create a fizzle, so cover the plug hole with a drain plug to keep the fizzling reaction down below the drain surface. (The fizzle is what you need to loosen up the ‘tight’ gunk)
- Wait for 5-10 minutes before flushing your sink again with another pot of boiling water.
Tip: Use this recipe to clear your drain regularly to keep it clear and prevent future clogs.
If you think you’d like to use a chemical draining product, make sure to wear some goggles and put on gloves as the chemical is very toxic. Read the instructions carefully and do not use it around other chemicals like bleach – when the both come in contact, the combination can release dangerous gases.
Spread some petroleum jelly around the rim of the plug-hole to protect it from the chemical’s damage.
Step 3: Clear Your Waste Trap
You’ve done Step 1 and Step 2, and the water still isn’t draining well. It’s time to tackle the problem at its source – remove the waste trap to get at the blockage. Wear your rubber gloves and put a bucket under the trap to catch any spillage, this can get messy!
First, unscrew the trap and let the contents empty into the bucket. You can give it a quick rinse before putting the trap back together. Don’t screw on the cover too tightly, as it will be difficult to undo in the next time you need to open it.
Once you’re done, turn on the tap and your sink should clear up.
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