What to do when you have a blocked sink
First of all, don’t panic! It’s usually very simple to fix a blocked sink, and can be done without buying any expensive equipment or flooding your kitchen. Follow this easy guide to diagnose and fix the problem.
Remember to look after yourself and your property
– Rubber gloves protect your hands while dealing with domestic blockages
– You can cover the bathroom or kitchen area with plastic covering if you are worried about damaging the surfaces
– We advise having a couple of strong bin liners with you as it may be necessary to dispose of waste
– Start off by pouring boiling water directly down the blocked sink. Two full kettles should be enough to move any stubborn organic matter
– If boiling water doesn’t do the trick pour down half a box of baking soda then pour down a mug of vinegar, swiftly followed by the plug stopper or old rags
– Wait at least 30 minutes and then pour down another kettle of boiling water
– If the vinegar and baking soda volcano didn’t shift your sink blockage, it might be time to introduce the plunger
– Fill the sink or bath with a little water (enough to fully cover the drain)
– If there is an overflow, plug it up with rags or a tea towel
– Wet the plunger and place over the drain
– Ensure you have a firm seal and use sharp fast plunges to remove the clog
– Remove the plunger and the blockage should flow away, if it does not then repeat.
– If you still have a blocked sink, this indicates that the problem is further down the pipe and will need an engineer to come out and investigate
Who is liable for the blocked drain?
Liability for drainage issues can be a minefield. It can be the responsibility of:
– Your local council
– The water board
– Housing association
– Property owner
– Letting agent
– The tenant
If you are renting, contact your landlord or letting agent before calling out an engineer. If you are unsure who’s responsibility it is, call our team and they will contact local authorities on your behalf and arrange works.
Ways to prevent blocked sinks:
– Avoid putting any solids down your sink; even a cotton bud will get wrapped in wipes and cause a blockage somewhere
– Using a plug strainer is a cheap and easy way to prevent a build up of kitchen waste in your pipes
– Using drain cleaner or the baking soda and vinegar mix once a month will help to keep your pipes free from blockages
– Never ever pour fat or grease down the sink. This is sure fire way to block your drainage system
What to do if the blockage does not go away:
Give us a call! Our skilled engineers are available 24/7 so can attend a job at any time to assess the problem and provide a solution quickly.
Over the past few weeks you can’t have escaped the press coverage that has surrounded the now infamous fatberg lurking under Kingston, southwest London. If you have then you’ve most probably been hiding down a sewer yourself! The supposed ‘bus sized’ fatberg could have potentially pushed raw sewage up into homes and onto the streets of Kingston but how has this been allowed to happen?
Weighing in at a reported 15 tonnes this mount of congealed fat, oil and grease mixed with other revolting waste products was brought to the attention of local water authorities after local residents complained about having difficulty flushing their toilets. But how can its weight have been calculated when it hadn’t even been removed. Surely the actual weight of a fatberg cannot be decided properly until the job is complete?
Subject to contrary belief we believe the fatberg is yet to be fully removed and in fact weighs a lot less than 15 tonne. Without the necessary equipment and technical know-how the removal of this particular fatberg will take a lot longer than expected, all the while still causing problems for local residents. Time and investment are an essential requirement when it comes to preparing yourself to undertake such specialist works. Megatron is a textbook example of this.
Megatron was commissioned back in 2008 when Hydro Cleansing invested over half a million pounds engineering this wastewater monster to our own personal spec. From our perspective we had three main objectives we wanted to achieve:
- Increase the capability of a single onsite vehicle, which also reduces our environmental impact and carbon footprint
- Cope with the inevitable migration from planned to reactive works
- Time efficiency, reducing job turnaround times
With Megatron now undertaking works that were previously relinquished, and with more units in the pipeline, Hydro Cleansing are more than capable of embarking on any major works or specialist projects all the while alleviating any concerns that the job is to big or can’t be done at all.