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How to unblock a Sink

A blocked sink can be a frustrating and inconvenient problem, but it's usually a problem that can be fixed with just a few simple steps. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of fixing a blocked sink.

A common blocked sink problem can simply be something like potato peels, egg shells, hair or coffee grinds that have built up overtime and stuck in the Trap piece, which is directly under the sink and is usually easily accessible.  

Start with Plunging:  Begin by trying to unclog the sink with a plunger.  Fill the sink with enough water to cover the plunger rubber part and then plunge up and down several times. If this works, the water should start to drain and the blockage should be cleared.

Check the Trap:  If plunging doesn't work, the next step is to check the "S bend" or trap under the sink. This is where most sink blockages occur, and it's usually easy to access.

Prepare a bucket or container:  To avoid any water leaking from the pipe and potentially damaging the cabinetry, get a bucket or container large enough to catch the water in the sink and place it under the trap.

Take a photo:  Before unscrewing the trap, take a photo of it so you know how to put it back together after you have taken it apart.

Unscrew the trap:  Once you have unscrewed the trap, you should be able to see what's causing the blockage. If you can't see anything, try using a wooden spoon or piece of wire to remove the blockage.

Reassemble and check for leaks:  After removing the blockage, put the trap back together and run some water down the sink. Check under the sink to make sure the trap isn't leaking.

Seek Professional Help:  If everything is not draining away, the issue is likely to be further down the drain and you may need to seek the help of a professional technician.

By following these steps, you should be able to fix a blocked sink in no time. However, if you are still having problems, we recommend seeking help of a professional plumber.


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