Jordan Chance, product manager from PlumbNationba, said: “A blocked drain is a common household problem, however, it can be easily fixed with a few helpful tips.
“First, you should try using a plunger to remove the blockage. Perform a vertical up-and-down motion with the plunger, keeping the handle straight for 20 seconds and repeat until you see results.
“If plunging hasn’t removed the obstruction, you may need to snake the drain. A plumber’s snake is a thin, flexible auger or a steel cable on a handle that can be fed down the drain until you reach the clog.”
When the blockage is reached, turn the snake’s handle and bring it back up. If the blockage is too big, keep turning the snake handle inside to break the clog up into smaller chunks.
If looking for a natural method, a solution of baking soda and white vinegar can be used, two common cleaning products.
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This method doesn’t always work for the most severe blockages though, according to the expert, but it can be attempted.
Jordan said: “It is a cheap an eco-friendly step which is worth trying for a slow-draining bath, sink or shower waste.
“First, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, followed by half a cup of baking soda and let it settle for a few minutes before pouring half a cup of white vinegar and a little more hot water down the pipe.”
Leave the solution for around five minutes before flushing with boiling water and the blockage should be cleared.
White vinegar is made up of water and acetic acid which helps to break up any material in the drain as well as flush out bacteria and bad odours.
The bubbling reaction from the baking soda and vinegar helps to loose hair, grease or any soap scum which may have built up.
If nothing works, Britons can turn to using a specialist unblocking solution, but the expert warned that it is important to be careful with these products.
They tend to be highly corrosive and will “damage the sink” if spilt, as well as causing nasty burns when making contact with the sink.
Adam Logan, training manager at GROHE UK & LIXIL EMENA, who also used to be a plumber, added: “Only use these products in well ventilated spaces as there is the possibility that they could give off strong noxious gas.”
To prevent the drain or sink from becoming blocked in the first place, it is important Britons never put certain items down their sinks, such as coffee grounds.
Adam noted: “It is not a good idea [to put coffee grounds down the sink] as coffee grounds are not completely water-soluble, meaning when they mix with butter, oil or grease from cooking that’s already coating the pipes, you’re increasing the risk of your drain blocking up.”
Make sure to always dispose of coffee grounds in the bin, and never put them down the sink.
Cooking oils such as vegetable oil, coconut oil and olive oil can be a “huge contributor to blockages”, according to the pros.
No matter how tempting and easy it can seem to simply pour leftover oil down the sink, it is advised never to do so.
This is because it can mix with other debris inside the drains to create a build-up of sludge which can be hard to shift.
Post source: Express