1. Plunge inSkip arm day at the gym and workout at home! A plunger is a simple yet effective and easy way to clear a blocked drain. All it takes is muscles and persistence. Make sure the plunger is the right size for your drain hole as you need to create an airtight seal. If you’re working on a double kitchen sink then be sure to plug up the second drain hole to keep things air tight. Now pump away!
2. Liquid optionsNext, you can try pouring some stuff down the drain to break up the blockage. This method works with a blockage caused by a build up of everyday household things like toothpaste, cooking oils, hairs and food scraps. There is evidence for and against whether chemicals work. You could spend the money and not worry about the environmental impacts, or save your dollars and use hot water and detergent. They are the two most common methods and are listed below. It’s your personal preference as to which type of liquid to use. Also, you may like to check out this article for a myth bust on why bicarb soda is all fizz with no substance when poured down a drain.
Whichever chemical you use make sure to follow the instructions. You’re obviously open to suggestions because you’re reading this blog, so keep being smart and follow all safety directions! That stuff can blind you!
Hot water and detergent
If you’d prefer not to put harsh chemicals in to the waterways then go simple. Detergent is a degreaser which carries fats and oils away and hot water obviously has some kick. Get those two together by running the hot tap (if your hot water is really hot) or boil some water and trickle the detergent in at the same time.If you suspect the blockage is in the U bend of a sink drain then you may like to read our blog How To Unblock a Kitchen Drain. It has the nitty gritty details of getting under the sink and pulling things apart.