It's frustrating when your sink's blocked and won't work properly. It can also be hard to work out the best way to deal with the blockage. But don't worry – below you'll find all the information you need on how to unblock your sink and help prevent blockages in the future.
This will depend on where the sink is. Most kitchen sinks get blocked because cooking grease or oil builds up on the pipe walls. Blocks in the bath or shower are generally down to dirt, skin flakes and hair getting caught in the pipes, reducing water flow.
There are a few simple solutions to remove this grime and get your sinks working again. But if your sinks are regularly clogged, there could be a problem with how the drains were designed and installed. If this is the case, you'll need to call a qualified plumber.
If other methods don't work, you can try clearing the blockage by removing and cleaning out the U-bend. This is the first bend in the pipe underneath the sink.
To remove the U-bend:
If you're still having problems with drain blockages, or don't want to remove the U-bend yourself, you should call a qualified plumber.
Like sinks, cleaning chemicals can be used to unclog your toilet. Pour the cleaner down the toilet. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. You may have to wait a while, but this should unblock the toilet, causing the water in the bowl to go down.
If chemical cleaner doesn't work, you may need a plunger to unblock your toilet. Make sure you have the correct plunger. Toilet plungers have an extra bit at the bottom that sticks out of the plunger base. If you have one without this bit, it’s meant to be used on sinks.
To unblock the toilet:
If using a plunger doesn't work, you should call a qualified plumber.
There are several things you can do to stop your sinks getting blocked in the future.