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To unblock a bathroom, laundry or kitchen sink using a plunger:

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how to unblock a sink using a plunger

    1. Remove the pop up drain from the sink (if you have one).
    2. Wet a tea-towel and use it to seal up the sink overflow drain (if applicable)
    3. Apply vasoline to the bottom lip of the plunger.
    4. Place the plunger over the drain hole.
    5. Run water in the sink so it covers a few cm’s of the plunger.
    6. Now, plunge up and down several time in quickly – you should feel a bit of ‘suction or resistance’.
    7. Now lift the plunger up out of the sink to allow the water to drain.  Note if the water now drains more freely?
    8. Repeat steps 4-6 a few times.

If using a plunger doesn’t clear the drain, remove the P-trap from under the sink and clean it out by hand.

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Note: this page contains general advice only and Mr Pipes ACT highly recommends the use of a licenced and experienced plumber for all plumbing related work – Mr Pipes ACT accepts no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss or damage to person or property as a result of directions followed on this website.