Blocked sink or toilet? These handy tips can help

PlugholeIf you have a blocked basin, bath, shower, sink or toilet, it’s your responsibility to clear it. It could cost you up to £200 to get a plumber to unblock your drain.

Badly blocked basins and sinks can often be cleared with a drain clearing product available from supermarkets or DIY stores or with a plunger.

If your toilet is blocked, wait until the water subsides and pour in a bucket of water from a height. This is often a very simple way of clearing it. Alternatively try plunging the toilet with a toilet brush or toilet plunger.

Keep it clear – top tips to prevent blockages

  • Save cooking grease in an old tin then dispose of it in the rubbish.
  • Throw coffee grounds, vegetable peelings away or add them to your compost.
  • Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimize problems with hair and soap scum.
  • Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Put everything else in the bin.
  • Don’t flush any of the following items down the toilet: nappies, wipes, other sanitary items, breast pads, cotton pads, dental floss, razors, plasters or condoms. Remember to let your visitors know too.

To keep drains running freely:

Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.

Baking soda and vinegar. Tip a handful of baking soda down the sink and leave it to sit for a few minutes. Then pour down a cup of vinegar. Leave it to sit for a few minutes and pour hot water down afterwards. Baking soda is a great cleaning agent and it’s also great for absorbing bad odours and leaving your drain pipes smelling clean.

If the problem is caused by an external blockage then we will attend to it.