Are you tired of dealing with a blocked sink in your Cumbria home? Don't worry, you are not alone. Blocked sinks are a common plumbing problem that many homeowners face. Luckily, Drainage Cumbria is here to help you fix your problem quickly and efficiently.
Drainage Cumbria is a leading blocked sinks company in Cumbria with years of experience in dealing with various drainage problems. We have the knowledge, tools and expertise to handle any blockage, whether it's in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry area. We understand that blocked sinks can cause a lot of inconvenience and frustration, so we are committed to providing our customers with prompt, reliable and cost-effective solutions.
Before we dive into the solutions, it's essential to understand what causes sink blockages. In most cases, blockages are caused by the following:
Oil and grease - these substances can solidify and stick to the inside of the drain, causing a blockage.
Food debris - if you don't dispose of your food scraps correctly, they can accumulate in your drain and cause it to block.
Hair - long hair can quickly become tangled and caught in the drain, causing a blockage.
Soap and detergent residue - Over time, soap scum and detergent residue can accumulate in the drain and cause a blockage.
Foreign objects - small items such as jewellery, toothpicks, and toys can find their way into the drain and cause a blockage.
Now that you know the common reasons for sink blockages, let's explore some solutions.
One of the simplest ways to clear a blocked sink is by using boiling water. Boiling water is an effective and straightforward way to clear fats and oils that may have accumulated in the drain. Here is how you go about it:
Boil a kettle or two of water.
Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.
Repeat the process until the water flows freely down the drain.
It's essential to be cautious with the amount of boiling water you pour down the drain. Pouring too much water down the drain can cause it to crack or break.
Another easy and efficient way to clear a blocked sink is by using a plunger. Here is the process:
Fill the sink with enough water to cover the plunger head.
Ensure that you cover the overflow outlet with a wet cloth.
Place the plunger over the sink's drain and use a forceful up and down motion.
Repeat the process until the blockage clears, and the water flows freely down the drain.
It's essential to use a plunger specifically designed for sinks as using a different plunger can damage your sink.
Remove the sink's drain stopper and clean it. Here's how you can do it:
Locate the sink's drain stopper.
Unscrew the stopper's securing nut under the sink by turning it counterclockwise.
Lift the stopper out.
Clean the stopper and remove any hair or debris caught in it.
Reassemble the stopper and place it back into the drain.
This process may seem like a hassle, but it's essential in keeping the drain free from hair and other debris.
If the blockage is stubborn, you can try using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Here is how you go about it:
Pour a cup of baking soda down the blocked sink.
Pour a cup of vinegar down the sink.
Let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
Pour hot water down the sink to rinse out the mixture.
This method works by creating a chemical reaction that dissolves fat and grease from the drain.
If all else fails, use a drain snake. Here is the process:
Insert the drain snake into the sink's drain.
Turn the handle to inch the snake forward.
Continue turning until the snake reaches the blockage.
Use a back and forth motion to dislodge the blockage.
Once the blockage clears, remove the snake and run hot water down the drain to clear any remaining debris.
It's important to wear gloves when using a drain snake as the debris in the drain can be unsanitary.
Blocked sinks can be frustrating, but with the right knowledge and tools, you can easily fix them. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, so ensure you dispose of food scraps correctly and avoid pouring fat and grease down the drain.
If you have tried all the above methods and the sink remains blocked, it's best to contact professionals like Drainage Cumbria. We are your trusted blockage specialists in Cumbria and the North West of England. Call us on 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist you. You can also visit our website at drainagecumbria.uk to learn more about our services.