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Monday, February 17, 2020

Advice from Your Local Plumber in Brentwood

How to prevent blockages to kitchen & bathroom sinks

Often, blockages to sink wastes can often be avoided by doing a simple regular home maintenance, without requiring any special products or tools. All you need is some washing-up liquid and a kettle of boiling water.

Pour 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid down the sink plughole, followed by a boiling hot water – but in several increments. If carried out on a regular basis, it will remove any build-ups of grease that could have led to a blockage.

Be careful not to allow too much fat to go down the drain. We are often called to clear blockages, where a vast amount of fat has been poured down the drain where it has then hardened within the pipework, making it impossible for the occupant to clear themselves.

How to resolve a blockage

Using a sink plunger - A sink plunger can solve the majority of sink blockages (of general build-up). Simply place the round rubber section of the plunger over the plughole. Apply downward force to the plunger handle, repeatedly depressing and releasing in rapid motion.

If there is not already sufficient water to cover the rubber, you will need to add some - boiling water works best but you should protect your skin from being scalded, in the event you splashed water on yourself when pumping the plunger.

Unblocking agents - If you have tried the above and have not been able to clear the blockage, you can obtain unblocking chemicals from DIY stores and supermarkets. Generally these require the sink to be manually emptied, the chemical is then poured and left overnight before flushing through with water.

Sometimes blockages can be too stubborn and cannot be removed with chemicals or a plunger.  Going to the next level of removing blockages usually involves using specific tools.

Time to call in a plumber?

If none of these solutions works you may feel that it is time to call in a professional plumber. Whilst being trade certified and highly experienced, we are competitively priced and aim to please.

We also operate a 24/7/365 emergency call out service. If you need immediate assistance, we welcome your call 07956 170 1701.

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