Can I use baking soda to unblock my sink?
When your drains become blocked, it can cause a great deal of stress. It is important to call a professional drain engineer as soon as you notice that your drains are blocked, before they can elevate into a situation that is much more damaging and expensive. You will know if your drains are blocked if you can smell a bad odor, or if the water is draining very slowly. As soon as you notice these warning signs, you must act quickly before the blockage begins to build up and create more damage.
If you believe the blockage to be small, there are a few simple tricks you can use to clear it away. Baking soda is a handy tool in unblocking sinks, provided that the blockage is not too large. Bigger blockages require more powerful methods of clearing, but if the blockage is small then it can often be cleared using home methods.
However, there is always the risk that the blockage is much bigger than you thought, and trying to clear a blockage when you are not familiar with the type of blockage or the method can often lead to creating additional problems. To be safe, we recommend calling a professional drain engineer, as they will have years of experience and knowledge under their belt which guarantees you high quality service without having to pay for more than necessary.
If you wish to clear the blockage yourself using baking soda, begin by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain. Follow this with a cup of baking soda and some hot vinegar. If you have a cap for the drain, place it over the mixture and leave it to work its magic for a few minutes. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and the soda dislodges the blockage and allows it to move away.
To flush it away once it has been dislodged, pour another pot of boiling water down the drain. You may need to repeat this process if this is the first time you have cleared your drains, or if it has been a long time since the last time you used this method.
Baking soda can also be used as a preventative method to ensure that if there are any blockages that have not made themselves obvious yet, they are cleared away quickly and efficiently. Using this method regularly will keep your drains clear of any small bits of debris that play a pivotal role in the buildup of waste and resulting creating of a blockage. Any time, call your drain technician for assistance.
You can also use baking soda if you are going away for a short length of time, to avoid coming home and finding drains that are giving off bad odors. After pouring the first pot of boiling water down the drains, add the mixture of hot vinegar and baking soda and leave a cap over the drain to contain the reaction. Leave this mixture in the drains while you are away, and when you return pour the residue away with more boiling water. It is important to note that this method must only be used if you are away for a couple of days. Leaving the mixture too long will run the risk of the acid in the soda and vinegar damaging the drains and you will come home to a much worse problem.
It is far better to avoid creating a blockage in the first place, so it is important to know what you can do to prevent this from happening. Make sure to properly dispose of all food substances that do not wash down the drains easily. Food substances that are greasy, fatty, or oily do not break down fast enough to be washed away properly and they can stick to the walls of the drain. They will often go unnoticed for a short while, and if in that time you continue to wash food away down the drains then they will begin to build up and create an even bigger blockage that is tougher and more damaging. By throwing away this food waste you are ensuring that your drains are not becoming blocked by waste that they cannot handle.
If it seems a little too late for the baking soda method and need a more heavy-duty service, call Blocked Drain Plymouth.