Unblock a Sink
Step One: Identify the Cause
Blocked sinks are often caused by a build-up of hair or dirt, and by regularly cleaning your sink you should prevent this from happening in the future. However, if this isn’t the cause and water isn’t running away freely than you need to take action; but before you do anything you should block your overflow hole which is located beneath the taps at the top of the sink.
Step Two: Grab a Plunger
Once you’ve blocked the
overflow hole you can then use the plunger. You simply place the plunger over
the plug hole and quickly pump it up and down. This will create enough force to
send water down your pipes fast enough to dislodge the blockage. Do this until
the blockage is clear, and afterwards run water and some cleaning products down
the drain just to make sure that the blockage is completely removed.
Step Three: What to Do If it Hasn’t Worked?
If this has failed to shift
the blockage try and get as much of the standing water as you can from the
sink. Once you’ve done this grab a bucket and place it under the sink. You
should see a ‘u’ bend and you should be able to unscrew this. Warning, this may
be very smelly so open the windows and wear gloves. Once you’ve removed this, you
can then begin to remove any debris which may be causing the blockage. This is
usually bits of hair, but you may be surprised at what you will find in there!
If this still hasn’t cleared the blockage it’s time to call in a professional plumber, something that we at Partners Maintenance can help you with. We are able to send a fully-qualified plumber out who has the experience and expertise to identify and repair the problem with minimum fuss and disruption.