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Various Ways To Unblock a Drain

Posted by on February 27, 2014

When a big pool of water collects around the sink, its normal to begin to feel frustrated and worried. Typically, it can cost you money to call out a plumber but the excellent news is blocked drain are easy enough to unblock yourself. A normal house owner can usually unblock a drain in less than one to two hours. This obviously depends on how bad the sink is blocked. The article below will give you a couple of free tips to unblock it without calling a plumber.

Clear the Strainer or Stopper

Many blockages occur around the strainer or stopper in the sink or shower. To unblock the drain hole, all you may need to do is remove the strainer and clean it out. Here are a few easy tips to try:

  • If a strainer has been placed over the blocked drain, you need to remove any screws holding the strainer in place and then pry the strainer up with the tip of a standard screwdriver. If the strainer is somewhat loose, remove it and wash away anything that has collected around the strainer and clean around the top of the drain.
  • Stoppers should be cleaned on a often because hair tends to twist around their base. Start the process by  removing the sink stopper. Many stoppers can be removed by being turned with your fingers. Other stoppers require you to unscrew a pivot rod that is connected to the sink opener. The rod is can be found under the base of the sink. If you are going to use pliers to remove the stopper, make sure to pad them so you don’t chip the chrome finish. Be sure to clean and wipe out the base of the drain.

Using a Standard Household Plunger

One of the most trusted and utilised tools around for unclogging drains, the plunger, can usually clear the blockage if it’s not too far into the main drain. Follow these tips to make plunging work well for you:

  • Be sure to block off the overflow holes, other drains in adjacent sinks, or any other openings by stuffing wet towels into the holes.
  • If water is not already present in the sink, run  three to five inches of water over the drain hole. The water will help to force the obstruction out of the way and lets you know when you succeed in plunging the blockage out.
  • Importantly, place a thick layer of petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger. The petroleum jelly helps to create a tight seal, thereby producing better suction on to the plunger.
  • Force the plunger handle downwards with force a few times. After plunging for a short while (couple of minutes), stop to test whether water will drain from your sink. Try plunging again and again if the drain is still slow in draining.

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