Sink Blockages – How to Avoid Them in Your Home

Blocked sinks are one of the most annoying plumbing problems that we face in the home and they are far from rare in most homes across Manassas. Plumbers here often find themselves being called out by homeowners who are annoyed that water has stopped draining from their sinks properly.

However, there is no need for sinks to become blocked. By following a few simple tips you can avoid blocked sinks in your home. Here are a few key recommendations to ensure that your home remains free of blockages for the foreseeable future.


Prevention Tips for Sink Blockages

For those people who live in Manassas, plumbers can be easily called out to deal with an annoying blockage if a sink should become a problem. However, surely it is better to avoid calling them at all.

The first thing that you will want to do to avoid blockages is to buy a simple drain guard. This will cover the plughole to allow the water to drain out while catching all of the larger problematic bits of food that can cause blockages. This drain guard can then be emptied into the trash.

Another thing that you should get into the habit of doing is tipping any oil into the trash rather than down the sink. Whether you have just cooked up a juicy steak or some fried bacon, the leftover oil should never be poured down the sink. Instead, tip it into a container filled with paper towel and throw it away. That way the fat will not cool down and stick to the side of the pipes, which can lead to a serious blockage.

As well as following these two simple tips, you should also try to get into the habit of tipping a kettle of boiling water down the plug hole on a regular basis. This will help to dislodge any fat that has managed to get stuck on the sides, keeping the water flowing freely for longer.

What If It Still Gets Blocked?

Follow the above tips and you should find that you are able to avoid sink blockages most of the time. Indeed, the more you get into the habit of taking care of your sink, the less you will have to think about it.

But what if your sink still manages to get blocked one day?

In this case, you have a few options. If you reside in Manassas, plumbers are always available to help you clear up your sink and get the water flowing. However, sometimes unblocking a sink is quite easy to do yourself, depending on how blocked up your drain is. You could therefore first try using:

  • a common plunger
  • a solution made from baking soda and vinegar
  • a plumber’s snake
  • a solution bought from the store

None of these are hard to use and they could help you to clear up your blockage yourself, so it is worth trying them before calling a plumber. If you live in Manassas, plumbers are not hard to find but it is always worth saving some cash by attempting to unblock your sink yourself. Why not give it a go?