Every family understands the importance of keeping the kitchen and bathroom sinks clean and tidy. These places are used daily, and therefore, have the tendency to get dirty quickly.
With kitchen sinks seeing so many pots, pans, glasses, and silverware scrubbed every day, and each family member using the bathroom sink to wash, shave and brush their teeth, chances are that every now and then, you’re going to run into a clogged drain.
Clogged drains are a nuisance – they can even cause flooding and create unpleasant odours around the home. But they needn’t be difficult to resolve. In fact, clearing clogged drains can be hassle-free.
How to Unclog a Drain
A range of products can help you get the job done quickly and effortlessly:
Chemical Drain Cleaners
There are products designed exactly for this task, but to get the best out of the products- always remember to read the label first. When poured directly into the clogged drain these chemical drain cleaners work to dissolve the grease and build-up that has caused the blockage. They also contain special ingredients designed to eliminate the nasty germs that cause a clogged drain to smell bad. After the drain cleaner has done its job, use Domex to kill any residual germs and eliminate the stagnant odour.
It’s important to always follow the instructions when using heavy duty cleaning products – not only from a health and safety point of view – but also because different types of clogged drains require different solutions. A standing water blockage in a kitchen sink, for example, should be handled differently to a clogged bath from which water can still drain slowly.
Natural Drain Cleaning
For environmental and safety reasons, many people prefer to try clearing clogged drains with natural ingredients before using chemical cleaners. For example, this natural drain cleaning method can help clear blockages:
In a dry sink, pour at least 1 cup of baking soda down the clogged drain and ensure that the powder makes its way down the drain.
Pour approximately 2 cups of boiling water in and wait for several minutes.
Add one more cup of baking soda and immediately follow it with one cup of plain white vinegar.
Plug the drain, here you will notice bubbles and a sizzling noise being emitted from the drain. Don’t panic – this is good!
Once the bubbles disappear, add another 2 cups of boiling water.
Using these two methods is an effective way to make sure your sink remains unclogged. Try it once a month to prevent unwanted blockages and keep the water flowing freely in the pipes.
How to Unclog a Toilet
As always prevention is better than cure – clean toilets are less likely to end up with a blockage, so make sure you scrub your toilet regularly using a high-quality bleach-based product such as Domex. But sometimes you can end up with a clogged toilet even despite your best efforts to keep it clean. Here’s what to do in that situation:
Grab some rubber gloves, a plunger, a bucket or large bowl and some old towels or paper towels to mop up leaks.
Start by working to prevent any overflow. You’ll find a flapper valve in the bottom of your toilet tank – close it to cut off the water to the toilet.
Try to figure out what’s causing the toilet block. If the object is solid, you might be able to solve your toilet problems just by reaching in with your gloves on and pulling it out. If it’s not, it’s time to take the plunge – cover the hole at the bottom of the toilet with your plunger, making sure it’s fully submerged in water. Press down to create a seal, and then pump the plunger firmly until the blockage is gone.
Add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl to help break up the blockage. If hot water doesn’t do the trick, a foaming detergent such as dishwashing detergent might help. Leave it to sit for a few minutes, then flush.
If that doesn’t work invest in a plumbing snake that you can feed further into the toilet to dislodge the blockage – or, it might be time to call in a professional.
Make sure you clean the toilet thoroughly after the blockage has been dislodged!
- Consider what you throw down the drain. Investing in a sink filter is a good way to reduce the risk of blockages and keep your sink clean, clear, and odour-free.
- Use products designed specifically for killing the worst germs, like Domex. Remember to wear rubber gloves and ensure the area is well ventilated.
- Always follow the safety instructions when using heavy-duty cleaning products.
There you have it. With these methods handy, you’ll be able to handle drain and toilet blockages with ease, keeping your kitchen and bathroom fresh and odour-free.