Blocked drains are a nightmare for any homeowner, no matter what size or severity. They can cause an extremely unhygienic environment and can disrupt your home by causing leaks and burst pipes if left untreated. By following these 6 easy tips on how to unblock a drain, you can be prepared and clear your blocked drain without any hassle.
1. Boiling Water
Simply boil a kettle of hot water and pour it down your blocked drain. This method is perfect for simple and smaller drains that just need a little loosening of the grease build up. Make sure you use boiling water on your metal or ceramic pipes as using it on PVC will loosen the joints. This method is great for the environment as no chemicals are used.
A good plunge is sometimes all you need to clear your blocked kitchen or bathroom sink or even your blocked toilet. This method is only effective on solid blockages. A plunger should be large enough to cover the whole drain opening. Ensure that the up and down strokes are vigorous and are applied with a good amount of pressure. About 10 strokes should do the trick
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
This DIY remedy is a great way to naturally clear your blocked drain in the kitchen or bathroom sink. Start by pouring boiling hot water down your drain then add ½ cup of baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes. Follow by pouring a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water again. You can cover the drain with a plug to let the mixture react for 5-10 minutes. Finish off by flushing the sink once more with boiling hot water.
4. Wire Hanger
A simple and effective way of clearing your blocked drain is by using a household metal coat hanger. All you need to do is unbend the hanger and make a small hook on one of the ends. Feed it through the drain and carefully fish out any objects or debris that is causing the blockage.
5. Check the U-bend
If you have a blocked sink drain, the blockage could be lurking in the u-shaped pipe beneath. Luckily it’s easy to check. Firstly place a bucket under the drain pipe to catch water or waste that comes out. Then unscrew the two connections and clear the pipe, giving it a quick clean.
6. High-pressure Jet Blaster
For the more severe blockages, the use of a high-pressure jet blaster is best. Most experienced and licenced plumbers carry a jet blaster on them as this method is great for objects that blocked your drains such as tree roots lodged inside the pipework. Along with CCTV camera work, your blockage will be located and cleared at the same time.
Keep in mind that for any larger drains such as stormwater or sewer drain blockages, the help of a licenced local plumber is always recommended as they would have the best equipment and industry knowledge on clearing your blocked drains.
I hope these tips help clear your drains. For help with blocked drains in Sydney get in touch with the team at Fixed Today!