Sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms have a chance of getting blocked at some stage with the high frequency of being used. This often happens at the worst time possible. Usually this happens when you are entertaining guests! However, there is no need to panic. Help is right under your nose in your own home or office.
What you will need to unblock your drain
- Baking Soda
- Hot water
If possible, the 1st thing to do is find the reason for the blockage. There is usually a good reason for a blockage & hopefully this isn’t hard for you to find by yourself. By locating the blockage, you have done most the work required to unblock it.
However, if you cant find out where the blockage is occurring, then you must keep reading on.
Usually when there is a blocked drain in your home you are able to unblock the drain yourself by using a good plunger. In this case, no plumber will be required thus saving you your money! Should a plunger not do the job, then you will need to use other methods and materials in your home to unblock the blockage thats occuring.
Other than a plunger, vinegar & soda serve as a great tool and is extremely effective to unblock drains. Most people store vinegar and baking soda in their kitchen. Follow the steps below to try unblocking the drain:
- Boil water on your stove
- Pour approximately one cup of baking soda down the drain
- Pour approximately one cup of vinegar down the drain
- Allow the baking soda and vinegar to settle for ten minutes. This should hopefully dissolve whatever is causing the blockage.
- Pour the pot of boiling water down the drain to remove any debris that may still be left.
It’s important that you start practicing preventive measures to stop your drain for blocking again and again. Many people perform the baking soda and vinegar routine once a month as a precautionary measure. Be sure that after washing your hair, you remove any hair that is lodged in the drain to prevent blockages from occurring again. Use a strainer in the sink to prevent food and other debris from clogging up your drain.
If none of the above techniques work, you may have a more serious problem in your drain. You will need to contact a Perth plumber to help you rectify the issue.