The sinks in your bathroom and kitchen have to do considerable work. If they are clogged, you will notice it immediately. These blockages occur due to the build-up of debris, grease, hair, food scraps, etc., within the pipes. While you will find many chemical drain cleaners on store shelves, these products are toxic and harsh, causing significant damage to your pipes.
Sometimes the cleaners only move the blockages further down the drain, resulting in a more significant issue. If you have a severe drain clog, you would have to call for an experienced plumber to handle blocked drains.
Tips to Clear Drain Blockages
We at Willow & Co Plumbing are a leading company in this industry and can handle all types of plumbing issues. We are always just a phone call away and will rush to your location if you need us to tackle any urgent plumbing issue. However, here are some simple ways to unblock a drain:
- Boiling of water can help to dissolve organic matter that is lodged inside the sink pipe. However, if you have PVC pipes, you should avoid using this method of clearing drainpipes, as the heat can cause the joints to loosen. You should also never pour boiling water onto porcelain sink bowls as they can crack. Pour the water down the drain using a large pot or kettle. You can repeat the step if required.
- If boiling water doesn’t do the trick, use a mixture of baking soda & vinegar. Pour some baking soda into the drain, follow it up with a cupful of vinegar, and cover it with a metal stopper. Wait for half an hour, then pour boiling water down your drain to clear the blockage.
- A plunger is a straightforward yet practical tool to clear obstructions in a drainpipe. Sometimes, the blockage is severe, and no liquid flows through the pipe. In these instances, a hand plunger can do the trick. When clearing a sink, you need to use a cup-shaped plunger and not a flanged one. Both full-length and handheld plungers are effective.
Regular Drain Maintenance
As you can see, you can take these simple steps to keep the drains of your kitchen and bathroom sinks clear at all times. One of the best ways to avoid clogs from building up is to take preventive measures. It’s always a good idea to hire the services of a licensed plumber for regular plumbing maintenance. As part of these services, the professionals will also check whether there is any build-up for blockage inside the drainpipes and clear it using specialised tools.
For more information about our blocked drains Melbourne services, please call Willow & Co Plumbing at (03) 8582 2019. You can also send us your requests through this Online Form, and one of our team members will contact you shortly.