• July 21, 2024

How to unblock drains with common household staple engineer claims ‘works wonders’

Blocked drains are a common problem that can release unpleasant smells across the home and cause a major headache.

According to the experts at Checkatrade, repairing an internal clogged drain, such as those in sinks and showers, can cost around £240.

To avoid shelling out this much money, Sam William at SGS Engineering, has shared a step-by-step approach to effortlessly unclog drains using low-cost household items.

Hack one: Baking soda and white vinegar 

The engineer claimed that as baking soda and white vinegar are at the opposite ends of the pH scale, they can “unclog sinks” in just “four easy steps”.

He said: “Thanks to its alkali properties, baking soda easily dissolves grease and dirt, all you need to do is add half a cup of baking soda to your sink.” 

Follow this by adding one cup of white vinegar to the drain. The drain should be covered with a cloth to “contain the reaction”.

Households then need to leave the mixture to “do its magic” for 15 to 30 minutes.

Once the time has passed, remove the cloth and carefully pour some hot water down the drain to wash away any remaining debris and fully clear the clog.

Hack two: Washing powder

According to Sam, this drain unblocking hack “will work wonders” for sinks. He said: “Most people are unaware that enzymes found in washing powder cannot only break down grease and oils in your garments but also do the same to unblock your sink.”

To use washing powder for blocked drains, simply add two to three tablespoons of washing powder – this depends on the severity of the clog and the size of the sink – to a pot of boiling water.

The expert said: “The hot water will help you activate the detergent and break down the clog.”

Just allow the washing powder solution to sit for 20 to 30 minutes, and then pour in some more hot water to flush away any remaining grease or dirt.

After, check if the water is draining freely. If it’s still slow, you may need to repeat the process.

Hack three: Wire coat hanger

The last method Sam suggested was using a wire coat hanger to physically remove blockages.

He said: “You can effectively pull out the gunk and any stubborn debris that has been preventing water from flowing freely by using a hanger to unclog your sink.”

Start by unwinding the hanger and create a hook at one end. Insert this into the drain hole, carefully twist and search for the gunk blocking the drain. 

However, for those who choose this approach, Sam urged: “Just make sure you’re pulling and not pushing as this will block your drain further.” Once the blockage is removed, add some hot water to clean everything up.

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