Arrg Blocked Sink

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  1. clanjones

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    Busily prepping for first trip away and systematically checking everything and the sink suddenly won't drain. So off to get a drain plunger but any suggestions will be received with thanks. We don't put fat down the sink and it appeared to drain ok yesterday.

    I am not a fan of the drain buster products as I am not clear on what damage they could do. This is a 8 month old Rapido so I am a bit perplexed!

    Any suggestions gratefully received!
     
  2. Judge Mental

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    Stick a karcher jet washer nozzle down there and hang on!
     
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    You may need to follow the drain pipe through the cupboards and see if it has any kinks in it.
    Also first check the trap under the bowl if there is one.
    The pipe is not a large diameter and can easily become blocked.
    If it is Teed in with the bathroom sink that could also be the problem, the Tee has an even smaller internal diameter.

    Washing your hair in these sinks is not to be recommended, we have one of these in the shower waste, it catches a load of hair after every shower.

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    i wouldnt put chemicals down a van sink usually easier to take the pipes off and rod it out or push a hose down it
     
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    Is your grey tank empty?
    Is the van level?
    Have you tried removing the waste trap from under the sink and cleaning it?

    I wouldn't use drain blocker, but try hot water and soda crystals.

    Good luck
     
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    Go easy with a plunger.....you COULD blow a pipe off its spigot if the blockage is quite solid.
     
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    I would try some gentle pressure put about 5" of water in the sink put your cupped hand on the plughole and move your hand up and down. What you dont want to do is push the fitting off the bottom of the sink by using too much pressure it would be bad news!!!!. When it stats to drain slowlt put quite hot water in the sink and odds on it will start to drain faster there is probably some congealed fat in the u trap (never put fat down the sink the drain pipe is usually corrugated and when is sets it clogs easily best to save an empty tin can with some kitchen roll in put it in there to set and bin it)
     
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    Thanks guys making some progress - agree with all the comments being very carful with pressure. I'll keep you posted!
     
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    Put a couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda into the plug hole, make sure it goes down into the plug then pour distilled vinegar (white/clear) NOT malt over the bicarbonate of soda and quickly put the plug in (this will help make the fizz go down into the pipes). This will get rid of any fat etc and clear your pipes. Do this regular and you won't have anymore probs
     
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    Cheers guys all sorted now now need to fix a door that has sprung! Nothing too major!
     
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    Going to try this one, our sink is forever getting bunged up :D
     
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    Cupboard door fixed sink sorted I think, so off to Autogas2000 tomorrow for some alugas cylinders and then France via Newcastle. Happy days!
     
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    Tesco own brand drain unblocker is ace. Pour in and let it sit for a while and flush.
     
  14. clanjones

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    Thanks guys for all the suggestions - might be some trips to the supermarkets!
     
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    edit.....just noticed your sorted .....all good.
     
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    we keep a 2ltr bottle of own brand cola in the van to pour down the sink when it gums up. works well for 50p
     
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    Which ferry company are you travelling with, and which port in France do you arrive at?
     
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    Traveling form Newcastle to Amsterdam as we live in Scotland Need to dash got a man to see about LPG!
     
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    Sink, not loo! ::bigsmile:
     
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    be careful using conventional household drain unblockers. they are not really suited to motorhome plumbing and plastic sinks
     
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