TORC Top Tips for Tenants – How to Clear Blocked Drains

As part of a new feature, TORC Tenant Engagement will periodically be releasing #TORCtoptipsforTenants that will offer some advice, hacks, tips & tricks to help residents address some household issues they may facing. First up is how to clear blocked drains.

How to clear blocked drains

Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.

Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it is great for absorbing foul odours.

Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic build-up of crud in pipes.

For other issues that arise, please contact our Repairs Team by calling the TORC Helpdesk on 014852020 or logging a repair on our website here.