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How To DIY Unblock Your Kitchen Sink 12th June 2015

Unblocking a sink is something everyone will have to do in their own homes at some point during their lives.  DIY in your home is a necessity.  In the kitchen, food debris often slips down the plug hole when you’re washing up and most of the time it will get caught in the U-bend under the sink.

When too much waste is caught in the pipes you will notice slower draining times.  To speed this up you must unclog the U-bend, and this can be done by trying one of the following suggestions.

Try a plunger

Before spending your money on chemical solutions to dissolve any blockages, why not try a good old fashioned plunger.

Place the plunger over the top of the plug hole and push up and down to move the air around in the pipes.  This can often do the trick to dislodge any large bits of waste that might be causing a blockage.

Remove the U-bend

If the plunger idea doesn’t work then you could always remove the U-bend located under the sink.  The U-bend is a piece of pipework that is, unsurprisingly, in the shape of the letter ‘U’.  This bend in the pipe is usually filled with water and prevents the horrific smells of your sewerage system from rising up through your sink.

Debris can also get stuck in this pipe, so it’s worth cleaning it out if the plunger doesn’t succeed.

Removing the U-bend is actually quite simple.  It is a case of unscrewing the first thread on the bend nearest to the sink and then move on to removing the second thread at the end of the U-bend.

As we said earlier, the bend will be filled with water so make sure you have a bucket in place to catch any spills.  Once removed, clean the pipes and then replace it.

Chemical cleaners

This is the easiest option out of the three.  However, if your sink is from expensive or corrosive metal then these aren’t a good idea.  On the other hand, a standard sinks will be fine.

These chemical drain cleaners can be purchased from any hardware store or supermarket.  Keep in mind that what you can buy at a supermarket will probably be of less strength than what can be found in a hardware store.

If none of these work then it could be time to contact your local plumber.  They will have the necessary tools to diagnose the problem and will be able to fix it for you.