Plumbing Advice

In case you face a blockage

Blocked sink? We’ve all had them. Whether in your kitchen or bathroom, they cause smells and frustration. Given the number of products that we dump into our drains, it is no surprise that calls to unblock sinks are common.

Can anything be done? Using a little know-how, you can avoid these problems. We would always advise you to have a plunger, limescale cleaning products, sponges, and spare beakers on hand in case you face a blockage. Bicarbonate of soda can also help break down particulates and solid deposits inside your drains.

In the event of a blockage inside your sink, be sure to drain your sink of any water first. Seal off the overflow hole, which lies under the tap. Make sure your floor is protected from any excess deposits. You will then need to clean the plughole with a limescale-based product, after which you can use a plunger to remove any residue and deposits.


We understand that not everyone has such products available to hand. But have you tried using bicarbonate or soda and some white vinegar? Other suitable alternatives include biological washing power, and Alka Seltzer tablets. As these products contain both akaline and acidic elements, they will eat away at the accumulated residue inside your drains.

A tablespoon of soda and vinegar (or any other combination) followed by hot water will allow your blockage to disintegrate in many cases. Should your blockage remain, don’t hesitate to call Local Plumbing Services and we will be able to remove it entirely.

As plumbers Bristol, we would advise that you avoid dumping cooking grease and food particles inside your drains. Over time, these will solidify, making it more difficult for you to drain a sink effectively. Invest in a good quality strainer to catch all particles and clean your sink regularly.