Top 5 Ways to Unblock Your Drain 


 Unblocking Drain


Ever had one of those days where you are emptying the sink to find the water is flowing oh so slowly? Or not emptying at all?


We've all been there and totally understand the frustration of slow running water caused by a clogged drain. Not to mention the odours that build up quickly when your drain is starting to get blocked, or is already completely clogged up.


But don't worry. Whether the blockage is in your kitchen, shower or bathroom sink, read on as we run through a few handy hints to unblock your drains - and keep them unblocked!


1 Blast it with Baking Soda

Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. The solution will start to fizz immediately, so pour it down the sink right away. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and other debris that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for an hour, or preferrably overnight for the best results. Finally, flush it all through with some hot water. 


2 Pull Out the Plunger 

Try a good old-fashioned plunger before calling out the plumber. Plungers offer a tried and tested mechansim for sucking up any blockages in your drains to get the water flowing again. Try a vacuum pressure plunger or one with a large bell which creates a more powerful vacuum.Place the bell securely over the sink hole and gently push the handle down to force the air out. Continue for around 20 seconds with quick and deliberate thrusts, directing pressure down the drain, without lifting the plunger or breaking contact with the seal. When you pull the plunger away, the clog should be cleared. Prevent any debris being ejected unexpectedly from the overflow, if there is one, by covering it with a wet towel - this also  improve the plunger's suction power. Important: If you are use drain-clearing chemicals, don’t use a plunger at the same time. You will risk splashbacks from harsh or toxic substances that could come into contact with your skin or eyes. 


3 Clear it with a Chemical Unblocker

At System Hygiene, we have a range of specialist drain unblocker products that are ideal to get your water flowing smoothly again. Many of these products can be used as a preventative measure once a month to regularly maintain the drains and ensure they are not blocking, or can be used as a final solution to dissolve any items that might have accumulated down there. 


4 Stop it with a Sink Strainer

It’s important to keep an eye on what is being put into your sink, this is especially important in the kitchen as certain food items can get blocked easily, and cause bacteria to grow making odours more prevalent in the future. Purchasing a sink strainer will allow you to catch loose debris as the water is draining to ensure that you are not letting anything fall down the drain that could cause a blockage. For outside, a drain guard will cover existing drains to stop leaves entering the drainage system. Both are inexpensive ways of preventing blockages.


5 Clean It Out . . . Regularly

Depending on which sink it is that you’re focusing on will obviously determine what kind of blockage you will experience; for baths and showers, most commonly it is hair that will cause a blockage and slow down the drainage of water. Whilst in the kitchen it will be left over scraps of food that causes problems. One of the best things you can do to prevent this from happening is simply cleaning it out regularly, a great idea is to use a wire (a clothes hanger bent out of shape is a great solution for this) to simply drag out anything that you might be able to visibly see that is causing the slow-down of water draining.


From all of us at System Hygiene, happy unblocking. If you would like free one-to-one advice on chemical unblockers, plungers or drain rods, please call us on 01282 777999 or speak wih your System Hygiene representative.


Blog Article Sources
Thank you to the following for inspiration and ideas: Arm and Hammer, Crunchy Betty, Direct Line Insurance, The Coastal Group.