Pa­tience down the drains

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Who would have thought a kitchen drain could cause so much stress.

It was the clas­sic round-the-house type job come back to bite me. The kitchen sink had been be­com­ing sus­pi­ciously slow to drain over the past few days and I had de­cided to put my blink­ers on to the is­sue.

How­ever, by Mon­day night the prob­lem was be­yond what I could ig­nore. Out came the plunger, which had worked to some ex­tent a few days be­fore.

I vi­ciously ap­plied the tool as best I knew how but only man­aged to bring up filthy wa­ter from the bow­els of the pip­ing, and splash it all over the place.

Maybe if I just leave it, I thought. But of course that didn’t work.

I took the pipes apart and found no block­age be­neath the sink.

The prob­lem had to be fur­ther down, be­yond my reach. I would have to call a plumber – great. Then, all those ad­verts I had turned a blind eye too about drain un­block­ing prod­ucts came to mind.

Spend­ing a few dol­lars on chem­i­cals would be OK.

Back home with the most ex­pen­sive and pow­er­ful prod­uct I could find (it warns against con­tact with your skin or even alu­minium) I put the su­per­mar­ket so­lu­tion to the test. No re­sult.

The weight of the prob­lem, which ham­strung wash­ing any dishes felt im­mense. Un­til, a loud gur­gle brought mas­sive re­lief.

The in­dus­trial strength, alu­minium melt­ing chem­i­cals had fi­nally done their job. I never thought I would be so happy to hear wa­ter drain down a sink.

Sven Hersel­man

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