31.12.2014 | 23:45
If you have a blocked drain and don’t deal with it as soon as you see the signs it could lead to health problems and/or a need for the water to be switched off while extensive work is undertaken.
To avoid this is it extremely important that you try to remedy the situation by following the simple techniques outlined here.
If you don’t, you run the risk of breaking a sewer or drain pipe (Which then must be replaced by either being dug up, or from the inside using a technology called pipe relining) or having a water damage situation on your hands.
Water damage can cause mold to grow and in the event of waste water can lead to those in the property getting sick. If a leak occurs extensive damage could lead to your property also being damaged and even mean you need to leave the home for a period of time while repairs and drying out takes place.
Most blocked drain problems are simple enough for the general public to deal with without the need for professional equipment.
How to unblock a toilet
Every household should have a plunger to unblock drains and toilets, but there are other methods if you find the toilet filling up and not draining. You should first wear rubber gloves and remove anything you can physically reach from blocking the drain. If you still find no or little improvement you should use a plunger until it empties. If you don’t have a plunger you can tie a plastic carrier bag to the end of a mop and use that instead. Another option for harder to reach blockages is a bent coat hanger.
How to unblock a sink
If you don’t have a plunger or it is not having an effect you will need to remove the pipe underneath it. Before starting this you should make sure the plug is in the plughole to avoid further water entering the pipe, or area where pipe would usually be had you not removed it. Put a bucket underneath the pipe before removing it and rinse the pipe thoroughly. This should remove anything that is blocking it. Use the coat hanger method for anything that is not removed by water. This is the safest method to avoid using chemicals that could harm children and animals.
How to unblock a bathtub drain
The most likely cause for a bathtub drain to become blocked is due to human hair. As the average person can lose anything up to 120 hairs each day it’s easy to see how it can collect in the pipes with soap debris and cause a problem. Preventative measures such as a drain hair catcher are better, but if you are already faced with this problem you will need to remedy it as soon as possible. Try using a q tip first and twist it round to collect as many hairs as possible and see if the tub drains. In the event of the tub drain still being blocked try a bent coat hanger or flexible drain snake to collect caught hair.
Certain Industrial chemicals are available to break up hair and soap scum if the methods above don’t work for you: they need to be left to work for at least an hour so where possible it’s best to use the chemical and leave overnight before running the faucet.