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Repairing A Clogged Sink Drain

With regular care, aclogged sink drain can be avoided. However, should this situation arise, tryclearing the drain with ordinary baking soda and vinegar. Use a plungerafterward to add air to the drain to clear it. This usually is the first lineof defense for clogged drains. If this doesn't clear the drain, you may needone of the chemical drain cleaners available in most hardware stores. Today,drain snakes are also available for household use. These can work to cleardrain up to 25 feet along pipe lengths.

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Blocked kitchen drain


If you have a wet dry vac, remove all the water in the sink. Then take 1 full cup of baking soda and 2 cups of white vinegar. Pour the baking soda into the drain, then pour the vinegar on top. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then flush with scolding hot water. If that doesnt work then do it again and let it sit for longer. Baking soda and vinegar make a acid that will eat through most anything that goes down drains.

May 31, 2010 | Plumbing

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moldy smell from front-loader Asko washer.


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First check to make sure that the machine is draining properly and that the pump filter is clear of any debris.

On a frontloader a common place for mold to build up is the rubber seal around the door. Clean this out as well as you can with ordinary kitchen cleaner then place a heaped cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run an empty hot/boil wash on a full cycle.

Baking soda has a cleaning and neutralising effect and will help remove any build up of mold or gunge within the machine. You may need to run two of these washes before you see a solid result.

Thereafter I recommend you run a monthly 'maintenance wash' with the baking soda to prevent the problem arising again.

Hope this helps. Thanks for using FixYa

Nov 15, 2009 | Asko W6461 Front Load Washer

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after washing my machine smells like stagnant water


Hi

First check to make sure that the machine is draining properly and that the pump filter is clear of any debris.

If the machine is a frontloader a common place for mold to build up is the rubber seal around the door. Clean this out as well as you can with ordinary kitchen cleaner then place a heaped cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run an empty hot/boil wash on a full cycle.

Baking soda has a cleaning and neutralising effect and will help remove any build up of mold or gunge within the machine. You may need to run two of these washes before you see a solid result.

Thereafter I recommend you run a monthly 'maintenance wash' with the baking soda to prevent the problem arising again.

Hope this helps. Thanks for using FixYa.

Sep 26, 2009 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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