What do I do if my sinks are blocked?
A blocked drain can be a huge inconvenience, and if left ignored it can become very expensive and cause a great deal of stress.
It is important to take action as soon as you notice the signs of a blocked drain, as they can easily build up and cause more damage which ultimately will cost you more money to resolve and waste more of your time. Kitchen sinks are one of the most common drains to get blocked, particularly if they are not treated with the proper care and attention. However, if you have found yourself with a blocked kitchen sink, don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to alleviate the situation and restore your drains back to normal.
One of the most common reasons for a blockage in your kitchen sinks is incorrect disposal of food waste. Fatty and greasy substances do not break down quickly enough for a drain to wash them away, and so they stick to the walls of the drain. Over time this creates a buildup of waste which will eventually block the drain. To avoid this happening, it is best to dispose of these food substances in the bin. Even waste such as coffee granules cannot be washed away properly and must be thrown away into the bins.
If your kitchen sink is blocked, we recommend calling a professional drain engineer for help. It is certainly possible to attempt to fix the issue yourself, but often this leads to more problems which are more expensive to rectify. Calling a drain engineer is by far the cheaper alternative as you are guaranteed a high quality service for a great deal, without the fear of something going wrong.
However, if you are going to attempt to unblock your sink yourself, there are a few ways of doing this. Baking soda is a handy tool that you may not have even thought about. Begin by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain, and follow this up with a cup of baking soda and some hot vinegar.
Leave the mixture to do its work for a few minutes, and wash away with more hot water. The chemical reaction of the vinegar and the baking soda causes the blockage to dislodge and break away from the drains, making it easier for the hot water to wash it away. This process can be done as a regular method of maintenance for your drains, as there may well be blockages that have begun to build that have gone unnoticed. It is always a good idea to use this method as a precautionary step, nipping any problems in the bud before it can cause you more stress.
While this is a relatively simple step to take in order to clear your drains, it is does not provide guaranteed results. We absolutely recommend calling a professionally trained drain engineer, as they will be able to use the latest technology and equipment to fully clear your drains. A very common method used by drain engineers is high pressure water jetting. This method uses advanced tools and technology to blast water through the drains at a high pressure and speed, and so there is far more chance of clearing the drains completely in one go. This will save you a great deal of time and money, as well as relieving some of the stress and pressure you may be feeling.
Whatever you choose to do, the most important thing is that you act on the blockage immediately. A blocked drain never goes away on its own and when left unattended it will build up into a much bigger problem that can cause a great deal of damage to your drains. Blockages are one of the main reasons for burst pipes, and this can lead to flooding. Flooding is a major problem and poses a very serious health risk, due to all the waste water contaminating your property. To avoid this, it is important to act as soon as you notice the warning signs of a blocked drain. These can include bad odors, gurgling noises when trying to flush water away, and slow draining water.