How Can You Unblock or Clear A Blocked Drain?
Blocked drains are the most common problems that homes and businesses have because of constant use of toilets, sinks, and baths. They are bound to happen when you least expect them to and they will definitely happen more than once in your lifetime. Every home or business owner is likely to experience clogged drains in their lifetime. It’s normal. They happen all over the world.
Before calling your local professional plumbers and save yourself from plumbing expenses, you can try to fix the problem on your own. We do advise you to consult a licensed plumber before going ahead with DIYs because the problem might be more than what you think it is. Or, that it may be a complicated issue that can only be addressed and solved by a licensed professional. However, if you go with your wits and sure that you can solve the problem on your own, we will not compel you to call the plumbers and pay for their services. The choice is all yours to make but we are sure that consulting a licensed plumber will help you in many ways.
Some DIYs that you might want to try in unblocking or clearing a blocked drain include:
Pour a pot of boiling water into the drain. Boiling water is good for metal or ceramic pipes but not for PVC ones. They are good in loosening and removing grease, oil and food build-up but will not work on solid blockages. If you are using PVC pipes, use hot water instead, but definitely not boiling one, because this can loosen the joints of the pipes.
Use a DIY natural cleaner. Make your own drain cleaner using kitchen items like baking soda and white vinegar. Pour the baking soda and then the vinegar into the drain, cover the drain and let the mixture clear out the pipes. You might need to do this more than once to clear out the blockage and once it is successful flush the pipes with hot water to get rid of any residue.
Use a caustic cleaner which you can buy in your local supermarket. This item is made of harmful chemicals so be careful when you use them. Apply a required amount to the blocked drain and it will dissolve clogs caused by grease, hair, food and other common blockages. Be warned that this does not work with solid clogs, roots and small objects.
Clear drain blockage with a plunger. Plunging in an up-and-down motion will create pressure that will clear blockages. The plunger is perfect for solid blockages but not for grease and mineral build-up.
Use a drain snake and CCTV. With this tool, we recommend that you have a professional plumber do it for you because it is a very delicate procedure that could potentially damage your pipes if done in a wrong way. The drain snake, or otherwise known as the plumber’s snake is good for severe blockage close to the opening of the drain. The rotating coil at the end of the cable will chip away the blockage or clog until it is cleared.
Let out a powerful stream of water through your pipes with a hydro-jet. The water pressure will force out the blockage through the pipes and will clear the clogs. It is safer than snaking, but it is likely more effective if a professional plumber does it for you. Please also note that it doesn’t work well with solid blockage.
Excavation might be required if your problem is much worse than any of what we have discussed so far. This is necessary if the problem is already in the pipes. There might be a need to change some pipes if the problem is there. To do this, you will definitely need a professional plumber to fix the problem.
We hope you have learned something on how to unblock and clear blocked drains. Should you have more questions about blocked drains, feel free to give us a call. We’ll be right with you and help you solve your drain problems. Have a clog-free day!