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Drain cleaner being used to flush an unblocked drain

Overview

Many things can block a sink. Food scraps, hair or even tree roots can get into the drains. We show you how to unblock a sink and flush it with a cleaner to get rid of any residue.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Pump the plunger over the drain hole

Place the plunger over the drain hole and pump the plunger. The suction cup has to be below the level of the water that's standing in the blocked sink.  When it is unblocked the water will drain away nicely and you'll have a free flow of water.
A plunger being used to unblock a drain

2Flush the sink with drain cleaner

Use drain cleaner to make sure nothing else is left in the pipes. Put your gloves on and mix up the drain cleaner, following the instructions on the packet. Tip the drain cleaner down the drain and leave it to sit for the appropriate amount of time. Flush it through with clean water.
Drain cleaner being used to flush an unblocked drain

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