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Blockages in sinks are a common issue that most households in Cumbria, North West England, and England at large face. Blocked sinks can pose both health and environmental hazards. That's why Drainage Cumbria has put together this comprehensive guide to help you unclog your sink and keep it debris-free.
What Causes Sink Blockages?
Before we delve into how to unclog your sink, it's essential to understand what could cause it to block. The most common culprits are food debris and grease. Over time, these accumulate in your sink's drain and form a clog. Other causes include hair, soap scum, and foreign objects like toothbrushes and jewelry.
How to Unclog Your Sink
When your sink is blocked, you need to act fast to remove the blockage. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Use a wire hanger- This simple method is effective if the clog is near the surface. Straighten the hanger and use it to snake down the drain to dislodge the debris causing the blockage.
Use a disposal- While this method is effective for food debris, It requires a garbage disposal unit. Turn it on and feed the debris into it.
A toilet snake- A toilet snake can be used to snake through the pipe and remove the blockage. You can build a homemade toilet snake using a wire coat hanger.
Use a plunger- This is a common and effective method for unclogging a sink. Fill the sink with water, place the plunger over the drain and plunge up and down several times.
Use boiling water- Boil a kettle of water and pour it down the sink. This method works best for sinks clogged by grease.
Drain cleaner- Commercial drain cleaners are readily available in local stores. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use it.
Preventing Sink Blockages
Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some preventive measures you can take to ensure your sink remains blockage-free:
Dispose of food debris in the trash- Do not pour it down the sink as it will accumulate and form a clog.
Wipe oily dishes- Grease and oil can quickly accumulate in your sink's drain, leading to a blockage. Wipe off any oily residue before washing.
Use a plughole filter- A sink plughole filter will prevent debris like hair and food from going down the drain.
Run hot water after every use- Hot water is effective in clearing out any residue left in the drain after use.
Avoid placing foreign objects in the sink- Jewelry, toothbrushes, and other objects should not enter your sink's drain.
Unclogging your sink doesn't have to be a difficult task. With the right tools and preventive measures, you can keep your sink debris-free. However, suppose you've tried these methods without success. In that case, it's time to call in the experts. Drainage Cumbria is here to help you with all your drainage needs. Call us today on 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected]. Remember to visit our website at drainagecumbria.uk for more information.