When your sink is clogged, it can be a serious nuisance. However, this is actually a typical circumstance for most Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York homeowners. A clogged sink can be caused by hair buildup, gunk and dirt. It is likely that you are tired of utilizing chemicals or trying to minimize carbon footprint. But you surely want to use some effective methods to get rid of the clog in your sink.
Here are some steps to do it.
1. Remove Everything Under the Sink
By doing this, you will be able to have enough space to work. Also, this will protect suppliers and items from getting damaged by excess water.
2. Turn the Water Line that Goes to the Sink Off
The water line can be found at your back wall under your sink. You can see this as a silver knob. This must be turned clockwise to the right so that water supply will be closed off. Additionally, if you have a sink with standing water in it, you need to make sure that the sink is plugged before you remove the pipes.
3. Put a Towel in the Sink Cabinet’s Floor
After doing this, you must put a bucket under your pipes so that the standing water contained inside the pipes will be caught. Then remove the pipes. In general, clogs can be found on the drain pipe system’s elbow or curve and can be caused by fruits, potato peels or other food items not flushed trough your garbage disposal.
4. Unscrew the Pipes
Usually, new homes have pipes made of PVC with built-in handles that can be unscrewed without using any tools. However, if your pipes are not such kind, you can make use of a wrench to loosen the pipes. When the pipes are removed and you have found the clogs, you can make use of your fingers or fork for removing all debris. If there debris that you cannot reach or see, you can use a wire clothing hanger.
5. Attach the Pipes Back
Make sure that you tighten the pipes gently and they are on properly to avoid leaks. When you have reconnected everything, you can turn the water source on. Be sure that the sink with standing water does not have extra foods and then take the drain plug away. The water must be flushed with hot water. You should also do this with the food waste disposal.
Blockages can be slow moving, but if the water isn’t moving in your toilet, sink or bath at all, this would mean that the drain is completely blocked. If the blockage is letting through slowly, then there may be a chance that they would be able to clear the blockage on their own. However, if the drain is completely blocked, then the property owner would more likely than not, not be able to clear the blockage on their own. The next step would be to call a professional drainage company in, usually incurring a cost. The cost is usually dependent upon how long the company is at your property, and the more stubborn the blockage is, the higher the cost will usually be. You can help to prevent your drains from becoming completely blocked by taking care of them in the first instance.
Blocked drains are usually caused by carelessness in the home. Toilets can be blocked very easily, from something even as simple as flushing too much paper down the toilet in one go. The main reason though, is for using the toilet for anything other than what its main purposes are – e.g. putting anything other than waste or toilet paper down the drain. These would include baby wipes, sanitary ware and even nappies. Nappies would cause a blockage quite quickly, however, the other items build up over time, slowing the water flow down, eventually blocking the drain. Kitchen sinks can become blocked when there is no guard around the plug hole, allowing particles of food and other articles to enter the drain. Bathtubs and showers can end up blocked when items such as hair and soap aren’t caught by the drain hole protector.
You can be as careful as you like, but sometimes, you cannot avoid your drain becoming blocked. Other issue such as broken/cracked pipes cause by subsidence in land, or a tree root infiltrating the walls of the pipe can cause blockages. These however, require immediate attention, as the damage would need to be repaired by a professional only.
If you do come across a blocked pipe/drain within your property, you can try to clear it yourself using purchasable products including chemicals or acids, however, these can often do more damage than good. Some chemicals do damage to the actual pipes, while others can even harm yourself if they come into contact with your eyes. There are some old traditional remedies for cleaning your drains. They start by simply running hot water through your drains on a regular basis. This can help clear any buildup of fat or grease, because as we know, fats and greases become more fluid when warmed up, helping them to move down the drain. If you see the start of a small clog in the drain, you could also pour vinegar & baking soda down the sink, leaving it for a short while, before flushing it down with hot water. On many occasions, this will clear a small blockage, however, you may need to seek further advice if the problem remains.
You should look at your house drainage and plumbing system as you do your car. You wouldn’t keep on driving your car for an endless amount of miles without having it serviced, or in fact putting it through and MOT to ensure it is still safe. This should be the same as your drainage system. Regular maintenance should be carried out, to ensure that you don’t ever need to find yourself in the position of having to call a professional out, incurring yourself high drainage fees. You can start by understanding what is, and what is not meant to be flushed down the toilet or put down the sinks. If you are not familiar with what you can and can’t put down the drain, then take a look online, just so that you are sure. You could, as a preventative measure, have a drainage company take an inside look of your drains every 12 months, to ensure that there are no unwanted articles in your drain, including tree roots.
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