How to un­clog a blocked sink

Lesotho Times - - Property -

THE next time you have a blocked kitchen sink, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to re­sort to call­ing a plumber or pour­ing a bot­tle of haz­ardous chem­i­cals down the drain. By us­ing sim­ple kitchen sta­ples or a com­mon house­hold plunger, you can un­block your kitchen sink on your own with­out it cost­ing you a cent.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber not to plunge or open your sink drain if you’ve poured drain cleaner down the sink. The chem­i­cals can cause se­ri­ous burns if they come in con­tact with your skin.

Use drain clean­ers only if your sink is drain­ing slowly and is not com­pletely blocked.

Method 1: Use a kitchen plunger 1. Par­tially fill the sink with hot wa­ter. 2. Po­si­tion the plunger over the drain. If you have a dou­ble sink, keep the plug in the other drain open­ing and press down on it to en­sure that the plunger’s pres­sure is fo­cused on the blocked drain. 3. Quickly work the plunger up and down for about 15 sec­onds. Pull the plunger off of the drain open­ing and see if the wa­ter starts to drain. 4. Con­tinue us­ing the plunger un­til the block­age is dis­lodged.

Method 2: Ap­ply vine­gar and bak­ing

soda 1. Put on a pair of rub­ber gloves if the stand­ing wa­ter is a bit gross. Use a bowl or a cup to re­move stand­ing wa­ter out of the sink. Pour the wa­ter into a bucket or down the drain out­side your kitchen. 2. When the blocked sink is empty, push one cup of bak­ing soda down the sink drain. If nec­es­sary, use a spat­ula or a rub­ber spoon to force the bak­ing soda into the drain open­ing. 3. Pour one cup of vine­gar into the drain open­ing. Put the stop­per into the sink so that the vine­gar is forced to­ward the block­age. 4. Wait five min­utes to al­low the so­lu­tion to work on the clog. Run warm wa­ter into the sink to see if the clog dis­ap­pears. 5. Pour four cups of boil­ing wa­ter down the drain if the warm wa­ter fails to work. If the sink is still blocked, ap­ply the bak­ing soda and vine­gar so­lu­tion again.

How to pre­vent fu­ture block­ages To pre­vent fu­ture block­ages, avoid putting food waste, solids and kitchen oils down the drain. Even when the kitchen sink is not blocked, you can use the bak­ing soda and vine­gar method to reg­u­larly main­tain your sink so the drain flows as smoothly as pos­si­ble. If these meth­ods fail, give a pro­fes­sional plumber a call and they will as­sist you to get the drain un­blocked. — Prop­erty24

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