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Clearing a blocked sink
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  • Initially remove any obstacle from in the plug hole i.e. food, hair and other blockages. This can be achieved by using a suitable chemical cleaner or caustic soda. (Ensure chemical is suitable for the type of sink and plug hole you have e.g. enamel sink or chrome plug hole).
  • If this does not clear the sink then a sink plunger will be required.
  • Before ‘plunging’ cover the overflow with a damp cloth and hold it there, this will force the air to hopefully clear the blockage.

  • Place the plunger cup over the plug hole, and plunge vigorously up and down for a minute or two.

  • Should the plunging not clear the blockage then the next step is to remove the trap under the sink. A bucket should be placed under the trap to catch the water, which will come from the sink.

  • Check the trap for any blockage, if it is clear then a pipe cleaner (such as a flexible curtain wire) should be used to dislodge the blockage if possible. (See Clearing a blocked waste pipe)

  • If the pipe cleaner does not dislodge the blockage then it is probably in the drain. (See Clearing blocked drains)

 
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