Have you recently noticed a stink in your sink? Or is the water taking longer than normal to drain out? Well, these are early signs that your drain is getting blocked and if you are not giving immediate attention, get ready to face the disgust. To spare the horror, you can fix this yourself by using some simple techniques that are mentioned above. To know more about the reason behind blocked drains, read on.
Why do Drains Block?
- Kitchen sinks are used daily for washing vegetables, fish, meat or dishes. Therefore, it is likely that food particles or vegetable parts may get stuck down the sink and block the path. As a result, it may give out foul smell and also take longer time for water to drain out.
- Bathroom outlets have to go through with a lot dirt, sand, body oils, shampoo, shower creams, hair and other greasy substances on a daily basis. And sometimes, more heavy objects like hairclips or tissues may also get stuck in the outlets. Slowly, all the gunk and grease starts to accumulate in the outlet making it difficult for water to pass by.
All kinds of blocked drains are breeding grounds for harmful germs that cause diseases. This makes it unsafe for the family.
There is one simple technique to clear out blocked drains with items that are already available at home.
The Hot Water Treatment
If your drains aren’t too clogged up then this can be an effective treatment and probably, the simplest one of all. This requires no chemical.
- Just boil as much water as you can and pour the water while it is still hot.
- Pour some amount, wait for a while and then pour again. Do this three-four time. In this way, you can let the hot water clear the blockage gradually, penetrating through layers of gunk.
White Vinegar-Baking Soda Treatment
- Dry out your basin completely by draining off the water then add 1/2 cup of baking soda and white vinegar each through the opening. A reaction between them helps in clearing out the debris collection in the blocked drains. There is no strict rule on which one to pour first as the reaction will happen anyway.
- Keep it like that overnight for better results or at least for a few hours.
- After that, pour in hot water through the same opening to rinse off the chemicals. You can extend the process by waiting for a while and then again by adding baking soda and hot water.
- The vinegar can be replaced by lemon juice or borax salt but the quantity changes too. In case of lemon juice, use one cup each and for borax salt, ¼ cup of each salt and vinegar is sufficient.
Use a Plunger
If your kitchen sink or bathroom is getting water clogged due to some blockage, the above treatments is of no use. In such cases, a plunger comes handy. Choose a perfect size to match the outlet opening. For kitchen sinks, cup-style plungers are a standard. Move the plunger in and up and down motion repeatedly. The suction of the cup helps in loosening of the clog and clearing the blocked drains.
A Bent Hanger
This is one more home item to clear clogged drains. Or should we call it a hack? Put the hooked end inside the drain and scoop out the dirt which is causing the blockage.
So these are some of the easy techniques to clear out clear blocked drains. If your priority is hygiene, make sure to do the cleaning process at regular intervals after every 1-2 months to ensure the good health of your family.