5 Tips for unblocking your drain
A blocked drain can be a real nuisance to your day, or potentially your week if it doesn’t get solved quickly! This could disrupt the use of your toilet or kitchen, while also creating potential health hazards via flooding or the accumulation of harmful bacteria.
Sometimes, a drain blockage is so severe that you’ll need a professional cleaning service to help you out. At Worth Every Cent Cleaning, we’ve assembled a useful guide of tactics to get that drain unblocked immediately!
#1 – The Plunger
Using a plunger is the simplest way to get rid of a blockage and is a common first place for people to start. A plunger works by forcing the block from the plumbing pipe through the force of the air produced by pushing it in. If you have more than one kitchen sink attached to the same pipe, blocking off the second drain will allow the pressure from the plunger to work properly. Give it a few plunges and see if it works!
#2 – Make-it-Yourself Drain Cleaner
Less severe blockages may be able to be cleaned using boiling water and natural enzymes to dissolve the blockage (caused by common things like fat). A DIY cleaning solution can be made using half a cup of salt, half a cup of bi-carb soda, one cup of vinegar, and one cup of boiling water. This will ideally work on easier blockages, but don’t expect miracles if you have a tough clog. This solution has the advantage of costing little and not harming your pipes or the environment. It’s worth a shot!
#3 – Unscrew and Have a Look
Sometimes, blockages occur at an extremely superficial level; in the first segment of the pipe under the drain and often where there is a bend. After turning off the water, place a bucket underneath to catch waste, and see if you can unscrew the first connection under the sink to have a look.
#4 – Heavy Duty Cleaning Products
An old-fashioned method to clear a blocked drain are traditional heavy-duty chemicals. Products such as Drain-O, Caustic Soda, or Hydrochloric Acid are usually available at hardware stores and supermarkets. It’s important to wear gloves and a breathing mask when applying these chemicals, as they can be damaging to your skin and lungs.
The standard method is to pour the substance down the clogged drain, leave it for a half hour, and follow it up with cold water (hot water can make the chemicals more volatile and is potentially dangerous). These heavy-duty chemicals are often effective. However, they’re nasty to use and can be bad for the environment and your plumbing.
#5 – The Coat Hanger Method
Using a bent coat hanger or piece of wire can be an effective way of ‘fishing’ for blockages, especially superficial one. This can be particularly helpful if your shower drain is clogged with hair – which is very common. Think about what is likely to be blocking this specific drain, and choose your strategy wisely.
Need Professional Help? Speak to Worth Every Cent Cleaning
If you’ve tried everything and still have no luck, talk to the professional team at Worth Every Cent Cleaning. We have an array of cleaning products and devices available for your convenience. With over ten years of experience in both commercial and house cleaning, we will be able to sort out those nasty, disruptive clogs. If a blocked drain is giving you a headache, contact us today and call 1300 854 401.