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5 Ways To Unclog Your Blocked Drain

13 June 2019

The DIY jobs are great for saving money and enjoying the challenge of fixing things, but some household jobs are better left to plumbing professionals or in this case drainage experts.


It can be a frustrating feeling when the kitchen or basin sink won't drain. With water building up, it may be tempting to contact a reliable plumber. Thanks to Zabs Plumbing in Melbourne for these handy DIY tips for unclogging your drain:


1.      Boiling Water


This is the easiest and less expensive solution, which makes it your first option to try. Boil a kettle of water. While you're waiting for the kettle to heat up, remove as much built up water from the sink as you can, using a pot or small mug to empty out the water.


Then, once the water has boiled, pour the entire kettle of water into the sink and wait. If the water is still building up in the sink and the clog is not removed, give the water time to cool and try pouring more of the heated water. You may need to repeat the process several times to remove the clog, but this often works on many types of drain blockages.


2. Salt and boiling water


After removing the water build up from the sink, pour about 1/2 cup of table salt down the drain before pouring a kettle of boiling water. Let it sit there for a few minutes, and then flush it again with hot water to clear the mixture.


3. Vinegar and baking soda

Once again, remove the build up of water from the sink. Pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar. The mixture will then bubble, when they subside, put the stopper in and wait about 20 minutes. Then, run hot water to see if the clog has cleared. Repeat this process if needed.


4. Plumber’s snake


This handy tool can clear a blocked drain that may be stuck further down the drainage system. You’ll have to remove the drainpipe that runs underneath the kitchen sink. Next, insert the snake tool into the pipe until you can feel resistance in breaking up the clog.


5. Coat hanger


Another easy option if you don’t own a plumber’s snake would be using a wire coat hanger. Although it won’t reach as far as the snake would, it may be long enough to reach some of the clog. Straighten out the wire hanger, insert it into the kitchen drain or sink to push through and pull out the clog if it can be reached.


If you’re still having no luck with unclogging your drain, give Zabs drain experts a call today.