Clogged drains are a common household problem. In many cases, you can sort the issue yourself. However, before attempting it, it’s important to know where to start. Here’s all you need to know about DIY drain unblocking and when it’s best to contact a professional emergency drain unblocker.

Is it safe to try and unblock my kitchen drain myself?

If your kitchen sink is blocked, there are a few things you can try before calling in an emergency drain unblocker.

First, check to see if there is anything visible blocking the drain. If so, you may be able to remove it with a pair of pliers.

Is the blockage further down? Try using a plunger to dislodge it. Pour a small amount of water into the sink to create suction, then place the plunger over the drain and push and pull vigorously until the blockage clears. 

You may also want to try using a chemical drain cleaner. However, these products can cause irritation, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully and wear gloves and eye protection.

What causes a severely blocked sink? 

A third of UK households block their kitchen sink every year. There are a number of things that block a sink – from hair and grease to food scraps and even toilet paper.

Hair is a particularly frequent blockage source, and it is especially tricky to navigate as hair pockets will knot, latch onto pipes and merge with other substances like fat and grease. 

Over time these obstructions can increase in size and be potentially problematic, especially in shower and sink drains where hair is more common.

What can help unblock my kitchen drain fast?

Drain unblocking can be a tricky business. If you’re not careful, you can end up making the problem worse. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to maximise your chances of success. 

Home remedies for sink unblocking

1. Identify the cause of the blockage

First, try to identify the obstruction. This will help you choose the most effective course of action. If the blockage is located near the drain opening, you may be able to remove it with a plunger. 

2. Salt and hot water

You can also try pouring hot water down your sink, this can help break down fat and grease deposits. Adding a heaped tablespoon of salt on top of your plughole and then pouring hot water down your drain can also help shift any blockages by acting as a mild abrasive. 

3. Emergency drain unblocker

If the obstruction is further down the drainpipe, you’ll need to use an emergency drain unblocker. These powerful products use chemicals to break down blockages quickly and efficiently. Always wear gloves and protective eyewear and read the instructions carefully to avoid getting any chemicals on your skin.

How can Royal Flush Drainage help with my blocked sink?

Drain blockages can happen at the most inconvenient of times. You might not have the time to deal with your kitchen sink blockage yourself, and they are often a smelly, dirty job to say the least. Sometimes, it’s best to leave your drain problem to the experts. 

Fortunately, Royal Flush Drainage provides a comprehensive drain unblocking service 24/7.

Our fully-trained, experienced team of drainage engineers are on hand to clear blocked drains quickly and efficiently, with minimal disruption to your home or business. 

We understand that drain blockage can be a real nuisance, so we always aim to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. In addition to our standard drain unblocking service, we also offer an emergency drain unblocking service for those times when you need us urgently. 
So, whether you’re dealing with a slow-running sink or a completely blocked drain, we can help. Contact us today and let us take the hassle out of drain clearance.