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Technique of How to Unclog a Sink

While there are a variety of plumbing problems that can be encountered in a home, one of the most common involves a clogged sink. No matter what room of the home it may happen in, there’s little doubt the goal will be to get it cleared as soon as possible.

While there are many different ways to approach the problem, there are certain techniques experienced engineers recommend as being the best. If you find yourself facing tough clogs on a regular basis, here are some of the most recommended techniques engineers everywhere agree will take the fight to the toughest clogs you’ll face.

It’s All in the Kitchen

Believe it or not, one of the best ways to get rid of clogs can be found by simply opening the kitchen cabinets. White vinegar and baking soda, two staples of most kitchens, can be combined to get rid of many common clogs.

Using about one-half cup of each, the two can be combined in a bowl and poured down a drain. For best results, let it stand in the drain for 15-20 minutes, then run hot water from the tap to see if the fizzing worked its magic.

Should You Take the Plunge?

For some clogs that are more stubborn, it may be necessary to take the plunge and use the plunger. For the most effective results, engineers recommend having about one inch of water in the sink to allow the plunger’s suction cup to be covered.

Afterwards, put the cup over the drain opening and use anywhere from 15-25 strokes to dislodge the clog. Run some hot water to judge the results, and if needed repeat the cycle of strokes. If the clog remains after this, another option is available.

Here Comes the Drain Snake

If you need to put the plunger aside, engineers then recommend using a drain snake in yet another attempt to clear the drain of clogs. It’s best to use a high-quality snake, and make sure it’s at least 25 feet in length so it can reach far into the pipes and reach the clog.

After being inserted into the drainpipe, it should continue moving until it feels as if it’s pushing against something. Once it can go no further, it should be removed. In some cases, it will pull the clog with it, while other times the clog will be broken up in the pipe.

Need assistance with your clogged London, UK sink? Give FD Plumbing & Heating a call today at 020 7060 4770 and we would love to help.

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