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If you have a slow sink drain, you will be happy to hear that this is a very common plumbing problem that you can quickly fix yourself. These five steps will show you how simple it can be to clear it fast without needing to call a plumber.

Easy solutions to fix your slow sink drain

Common causes of a slow sink drain include a build up of soap scum, skin flakes, dirt and hair. For your sink to function properly as soon as possible, you need to remove these objects from the pipe. You can do this by using inexpensive store-bought products or homemade solutions. Having a slow sink drain can be very problematic, especially if you have a busy lifestyle or a large family, so clearing it fast is essential to keep your routine running smoothly.

For minor blockages which are causing your sink to drain slowly, you shouldn’t need to call a plumber, but if DIY solutions aren’t for you, Plumbers Milton Keynes are a great option. They offer bathroom installations, emergency call-outs and expert drain services which will fulfil all your plumbing needs.

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Zip-It tool

Using a zip-it tool is a simple yet effective way to rid your drains of unwanted objects such as dirt and soap scum. It is also one of the quickest solutions and shouldn’t take much longer than 30 seconds. If you don’t know what a zip-it tool is, it is just a thin piece of flexible plastic with small barbed edges. Due to its strong polymer construction, it can quickly remove unwanted objects in your drain with ease. Moreover, as it does not use chemicals, the zip it tool is an eco-friendly way to clear your slow sink drain.

All you need to do is place the zip-it tool as far as it will go into the drain, move it up and down and in circular motions to collect whatever is clogging the drain and then slowly pull it out. Your sink should now be free from any hair or skin flakes that were previously clogging it up, and you can either wash the zip-it to use again or throw it away.

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A plunger is the best option when trying to remove objects stuck in the p-trap beneath your sink. To use a plunger effectively, you should first fill your sink with enough water to cover the rubber part. If your sink is already full of water, you can skip this step. Next, if your drain has a pop-up drain stopper, you should remove it. This can be done by unscrewing from the top or disconnecting it from the pivot rod. You can now place the plunger cup over the opening of the drain – make sure it is entirely covered. Once you have done this, thrust the plunger in an up and down motion ensuring there is constant contact between the sink surface and rubber plunger cup. After using the plunger for about 30 seconds, you can pull the plunger away and see the water draining.

However, if you find the water is not draining after you have used the plunger, your slow sink drain might be a result of a more significant issue, such as poor sink installation. Plumbing Services Oxford will be able to fix the problem with high-quality results.

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Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda

A useful natural cleaning trick for your clogged drain is vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Although there are a few more steps for this option, it is just as effective.

Firstly, pour a small pot of boiling water down your drain followed by 65g of bicarbonate of soda. Allow this to sit for a couple of minutes before adding 240ml of hot water and 240ml of vinegar. At this stage, a chemical reaction will occur between these ingredients so you will want to cover your drain with a plug. You may have noticed bubbles forming or a sizzling noise emitting from the drain, this is a good sign it is working. Leave your drain to sit for a further 5-10 minutes, or until the bubbles disappear, at which point you can pour another pot of hot water down your drain to clear any unwanted articles.

Chemical sink unblocker

There is a vast selection of unblocker you can buy from most supermarkets at minimal cost. Buster has specifically designed two different plughole unblockers for two different types of sink: bathroom and kitchen. The bathroom unblocker aids in dissolving hair while the kitchen unblocker dissolves fat and grease. The blend of chemicals used in these products will not only clear the blockage fast and fix your slow sink drain but will also kill any germs that have accumulated and remove odour.

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Drain auger

Sometimes referred to as a ‘drain snake,’ this cleaning spring works in an opposite way to a plunger. For the best results, insert the drain auger into the clogged drain and use the handle to push it in as far is it can go. The purpose of this product, similar to the Zip-It tool, is to locate what is causing the blockage and pull it out. The benefit of using a drain auger is that they are very long so can reach further into the drain; this is ideal if your drain has a deep-rooted clog. If you feel resistance, the drain snake has probably reached the curve in the pipe, and you will need to keep turning the handle to get it through. Once you feel the auger head entangling an object or the twisting getting significantly easier, pull it out of the drain, and hopefully, you will also be pulling the clog out.

Problem solved

These five steps prove that clearing your slow sink drain does not have to be a hassle or cost you a lot of money. However, if you find these ideas have not solved your plumbing issue, and you need help fast, the best option is to contact an emergency call out service. Before you know it, your plumbing problem will be fixed by highly skilled and knowledgeable plumbers.

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