A smoothly flowing sink is essential for a hassle-free kitchen or bathroom experience. Over time, sinks can become blocked due to accumulated debris, leading to slow drainage or even a complete blockage. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to effectively unblock your sink, ensuring you can get back to enjoying your space in no time.

Essential Tools & Equipment

You will also need hot soapy water, a washing up bowl to collect dirty water and an old toothbrush or similar.

Step 1: Using a Plunger

  • Place the plunger over the plug hole.

  • Pump vigorously to create suction and dislodge any blockages.

Step 2: Using a Waste Pipe Cleaner

  • Insert the corkscrew end of the waste pipe cleaner down the drain.

  • Push and pull the cleaner through the pipe to dislodge any debris.

  • This method is especially useful if the blockage is most likely hair, as the pieces get caught on the corkscrew and can easily be pulled out.

Step 3: Dismantling the Pipework

  • Place bowls underneath the sink to catch any water, and put on rubber gloves to protect you from dirty water.

  • Unscrew the U-bend or bottle trap.

  • Clean the U-bend or bottle trap in a bucket of hot soapy water, using a toothbrush or pipe cleaner for thorough cleaning.

  • Reassemble the pipework, ensuring all washers are in place.

  • Run the water to ensure the sink drains properly. If it doesn't, the blockage is properly deeper in the pipes and you should seek professional advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

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