How to unclog a sink

Sinks tend to drain slowly or completely unclog due to grease and particles that should ideally not be washed down a sink. However, if you face a situation of a slow draining or completely clogged sink try the following methods.

  1. With baking soda and vinegar

Going back to our elementary class experiments of creating a volcanic effect using two simple household products - baking soda and vinegar. These two freely available household products have long been much valued as natural cleaning agents that can be used for several applications. When combined, a vital chemical reaction occurs, acting as an efficient, fizzing process creating bubbles. Ideal for stubborn clogs and stains, it is a simple DIY cleaning solution.

Caution: Do not add any baking soda or vinegar after using a chemically cleaning agent.

  1. With a plunger

Simply fill the clogged sink with water and place a plunger over the drain hole and keep pressing it down several times and then release the plunger.

The plungers are available at any hardware store and in most super markets. Always keep a plunger handy.

Caution: If the clog is severe call a professional plumber.


Take care not to wash dishes with grains of rice, dhal, etc. curry leaves, tea leaves, onion skin, etc. as they cause clogging.

Place a strainer with fine holes over the drain hole and frequently remove the particles that keep gathering in the strainer.

When washing highly oily dishes, pots and pans always rub off the excess grease and then rinse the utensil in the sink.

Do not use sharp tools or objects such as iron rods to clear the clog.

Regularly use a natural or chemical solution to keep the drain free of grease.

In the event of a severe clogging, call a professional plumber.

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How to fix a pipe leak

Temporary repair

In the event that you need to do a quick fix of a leaking pipe, you can do a temporary repair using any of the following methods until a permanent repair is done.


Immediately disconnect to the water supply to the pipe concerned.

Hose and clip method

Cut off a piece of garden hose of sufficient diameter to go round the pipe.

Cut it length ways and place it over the damaged part of the pipe.

Fasten it with a minimum of three Jubilee Clips - on either side and in the centre of the piece of hose.Fasten the clips to prevent no further leakage of water.

Fasten the clips to prevent no further leakage of water.

Epoxy putty method

Using emery paper clean both sides of the affected area of the pipe.

Mix the two ingredients of the putty strictly following the manufacturer's instructions.

Apply the putty over the damaged area of the pipe and smoothen it out with small filling knife.


Check for how long it needs to be left for drying up without allowing water to flow through.

Always ensure that both sides of the affected area of the pipe is thoroughly cleaned in order to ensure bonding securely.

Minor leaks

Most minor leaks can be stopped with wrapping the affected area with No Leak tape.

Always keep a reel of No leak handy.

Permanent repair

The above directions are only as temporary repairs. It is important to affect a permanent repair as soon as possible.

Drain the affected pipework.Cut out the damaged part of the pipe.

Cut out the damaged part of the pipe.

Cut in a new length of the pipe using a matching gauge.

Fit in the new length using National Solvent Cement.

If necessary use compression or solder fittings at each end.


It is advisable to contact a professional plumber to carry out repairs.

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