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How To Clear A Blocked Drain – 6 Handy Tips!

tips on how to unblock a drainBlocked 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

kettle with steamSimply 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.

2. Plunge

plungeA 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

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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

wire hangersA 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

checking the u-bendIf 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

jet blasterFor 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!

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We moved into our new house without realizing there was a blockage. Steve’s service was outstanding. He arrived and was on the way to solving the issue within an hour of us calling. His no-nonsense approach has allowed us to be excited to move into our new home again. Thanks so much.

Hayley Legg
Google

Highly recommend. Marvin fixed a blocked drain at our home. He was friendly, upfront with the pricing and clean. He also provided suggestions on how to prevent the problem from happening again which was considerate and nice. I would call them again!

Sofie Dimos
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Highly recommended. After calling another plumber, our blocked shower and basin was still not fixed. Marvin came to the rescue. Same day service – he was on time, honest, and knew exactly what needed to be done to get the job completed the first time!! I will be calling again!

Aret Elamasian
Google

Highly recommend! We were recommended by a friend who used Fixed today and we could not be happier. The job was carried out exactly the way it was explained and they even cleaned up.

Andrew David
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We had two separate issues, a burst pipe in the laundry and the hot water system needed replacement. The team came on the same day and fixed the leak and replaced the hot water system. Very professional, friendly, clean and efficient. I would recommend Fixed Today to all my friends.

Bianca McConell
Google

Nothing was too much for Steve and Jamie. They sourced a new toilet cistern and fitted it the same day. All cleaned up after the job was done too. Highly recommended.

Alan Greaves
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Had Steven over and he solved my tab and got water issues so quickly! Called the next day to check up and ensure all was working well. Really hard to get good service these days and this company deserves massive praise!!! Amazing service

Nathalia S
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Prompt to arrange inspection and find issue. Pricing was a bit expensive, but did a good job. Steve is easy to communicate with and returns calls.

Keen Consumer
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Steve & team did a great job around the house and were very quick.

Valchuba
True Local

Great experience . This is a customer focused business who did a great job at a reasonable price. Terrific with an elderly client under difficult circumstances. Thank you so much.#reviewtowin

J Greenaway
True Local

Very good plumber, very reliable

Damiem Esposito
True Local

Thanks for fixing my blocked drain efficiently and with little fuss. Great service from Mathew and Marvin. 5 Stars!

Dela
True Local

Thanks for replacing our Hot water System at such short notice and in the dark! Competitive pricing and courtesy calls to let me know you were running behind a huge help . All very much appreciated. Would recommend these guys and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Suzy
True Local

Really you are fabulous for give your best service , I just called you and you were at my home.However the fault in pipe joint was small but you gave your precious time for solving such type of small things without any extra charges.Thanks for that guys.

Leo B
True Local

Great service and price Will definitely use again

Scott
True Local

Hi Fixed Today thanks for un blocking the pipe that was overflowing I was having a panic attack until u guys came and fixed thank u again

Shabe
True Local

Thank you for your prompt service will definitely recommend your company,

Linda Burke Harden
True Local

Steve installed a new hot water system for me. He’s very well price and has outstanding workmanship. Well done Steve. Thanks

Steve
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Thanks Steve for your quick response and honest feedback. Although I was a bit embarrassed at how simple the hot water fix was, you did advise me earlier that it could be a simple do-it-yourself fix. Happy to give you the business. Darren

Dazmenow
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Had a problem with the hot water system. Steve diagnosed the problem quickly and found that it was a faulty thermostat. Replaced the part and solved the problem. Steve communicated well and was very professional. Would recommend Steve for any of your plumbing problems

Colin
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Steve is honest and reliable… friendly and professional… no job too big or small.

Steven Bou
True Local

thank you steven, job well done

Touke
True Local

I found Steve and his team on here – After speaking to approx. 6 other plumbers Steve answered all our questions and had his team here to fix our problem within the hour (in the dark!) Might I also say he was the cheapest! I would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for a plumber that doesn’t want to rip you off. Thanks again Steve.
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Craig
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Thanks to the team at Fixed Today. Great fast friendly service. Got the job done right first time no hassles. Highly recommended.

Patrick Gh
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Thankyou to Steve and his team for all the plumbing work they done at my house. Renovating two new bathrooms seemed hard but Steve and his team made it so easy. Very professional, hardworking and efficient. Love the way my bathroom turned out so modern would recommend to anymore!!

Vanessa Shaw
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These guys are awesome, I had a leaking pipe in the morning they instructed me to turn the water off at the main until they came they where there with in the hour and fixed the pipe and mind you the price was very reasonable.. Thanks guys.

Marvin Shm
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Thank Steve, prompt service just wanted to say keep up the great work with us.

CtCC Group Pty Ltd
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I would recommend these guys to anyone. On time very professional and there prices are very reasonable for great service and top quality products.

Lili Bossnija
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This is the second time I have used Platinum hot water and plumbing. On both occasions I have been 100% satisfied with the service. It is very rare to find tradesmen that demonstrate professionalism and have genuine pride in their work. Will highly recommend them

Vanessa Va
True Local

Thanks Steve for a great job , you and your team are great due to your reliability and honesty Also very well priced ! Well recommend and use your services again

George Zab
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Thanks very much Steve for coming at such short notice to help fix our toilet! Rescued us from another long weekend of hassle. A very professional job! Highly recommended!

Gareth
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Thanks guys u did a really good job fixing the leak under my sink.

Norma Bahb
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Thanks for fixing my plumbing issue. Very courteous and professional service. Much appreciated

Roger Mendis
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Prompt service, good advice and price quoted before job done. Would recommend to friends.

Fran B
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Thanks for your help great friendly service, prices up front would certainly use you guys again

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