What to do when your sink won’t drain

Have you ever stood over a sink full of standing water that just wouldn’t go down the drain, despite your best efforts? A clogged drain is not only inconvenient but also a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and unpleasant odours. Thankfully, we’ve got some simple solutions you can try at home before calling a professional from Flow Plumbing and Heating Services.

Causes of a blocked sink drain

There are numerous reasons why a sink won’t drain. Common culprits are a buildup of hair, soap, grease, or food debris, sometimes even small objects accidentally dropped into the drain. Over time, these materials can accumulate and impede the free flow of water.

Simple DIY solutions for a blocked sink

Hot water
The simplest method to try is to pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain. This can often break down the organic material causing the blockage and clear the drain. However, do not use this method if you have PVC pipes, as hot water can loosen their joints.

Natural cleaners
Another eco-friendly solution involves baking soda and vinegar. Pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with boiling water.

A good old-fashioned plunger can also be effective. Ensure you have a good seal, then plunge vigorously. This could dislodge whatever is causing the clog.

Plumber’s snake
A plumber’s snake, or hand auger, is a handy tool. This flexible coil of wire can reach deep into the drain to dislodge blockages.

When to call a professional

If none of these methods work, or if your sink consistently clogs, it’s time to call in the experts from Flow Plumbing and Heating Services. Our experienced technicians can diagnose and resolve even the most stubborn drain issues, using advanced tools and techniques to ensure your sink drains smoothly.

Remember, trying to fix a severe blockage yourself can sometimes cause more damage. If you’re in doubt, it’s always better to call a professional local plumber.