Our sinks in our homes are something that usually go unnoticed; however, they are doing an important job of removing our wastewater. It is usually something that we notice when something goes wrong – we might notice that a bad smell is coming from there or that water isn’t draining down the plughole very quickly or in worse cases at all!
Problems like this are not going to go away on their own – they are only going to get worse in fact, so leaving it is the worst thing that you can do. If these problems worsen they can cause problems that are harder to tackle yourself and will need professional help as it will be deeper in the pipe, like this drain lining company www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/news/drain-lining-no-dig-repair/ who deal with blocked drains and pipes.
If you have noticed something is wrong with a sink, you need to get on top of it straight away – here are a few things that you can do to fix the problem yourself…
Soda Crystals are a good way to clear a blockage in the sink. They will work to remove a partial blockage, but in some cases, it might be too large – another reason for why it is important to get to the blockage as soon as you notice it. It is a cheap and easy thing to do, just pour boiling water into a slow draining plughole, wait for it to nearly drain and add the soda crystals. Then add some more boiling water and leave for 5-10 minutes. If necessary, treat it again straight after.
If you have a blockage that soda crystals are not managing to solve alone, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda mixed with hot water and follow the same process – these two are at opposing ends of the acid and alkaline scale so their reaction together can help with the sink unblocking process.
Of course, if the blockage is not shifting, there are other ways that you may be able to deal with it yourself – use a plunger to try to get rid of the blockage, and you can also buy specific tools to use for sink unblocking – it is worth doing this and then treating again with one of the previous methods to ensure that the pipe is clear.