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Kitchen Sink not draining, what do you do?

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When your kitchen sink becomes blocked it can be a real nuisance. Our sinks are an integral part of our kitchen and used regularly throughout the day, so when they become blocked you need yo know what actions to take.

Please follow our list below of some of the things you can try before calling a professional plumber.

Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar This handy trick is a sure fire way to unblocking your kitchen sink. Simply pour a cup fall of bicarbonate of soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. The two solutions will then fizz up in your waste pipes where the blockage is. After a few minutes pour boiling water down the plug hole to flush away the solution and any remnants of the blockage.

The Simple Plunger A cheap and cheerful way of clearing a blocked kitchen sink. You simply place the plunger over the plughole and press down to create a vacuum. Ensure that you cover the overflow outlet to prevent air pushing back up instead of down. This is a very effective, tried and tested way of unblocking a sink or toilet.

Take off the U-bend If the above methods did not clear the blockage then you may need to get into the U-bend and clear it yourself. Before you start ensure you have a bucket or saucepan under the sink and wear suitable gloves, especially after the different chemicals you have poured down the sink. Unscrew the U-bend until water begins to pour out. Wait until all the water has come out and continue to unscrew until you can remove the U-bend. Clear the blockage and replace the part. ensure you screw the nut up as tight as you can and that the part is fixed square and straight.

Call a professional plumber If after all of the methods above have failed it may be time to call a professional plumber. Home Assist Plumbing can come out and unblock your kitchen sink with minimal fuss, quickly and efficiently.

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