Clearing A Drain – Advice From An Expert

We’ve all been in the situation – you’re going along perfectly happily, having a steamy shower and then, suddenly, the water stops draining away. Or you tip away a bowlful of dirty dishwater but it doesn’t do anything. Yes, this is the blocked brain – enemy of householders everywhere. Read on for some top tips on shifting this menace. It sounds too good to be true, but boiling water is brilliant at shifting blockages. Tip some down the drain to wash your blockage away.

Another good tactic when it comes to drain unblocking is the plunger. Position the bell-shaped end of the plunger over the drain, creating a seal which will in turn create suction. It’s this suction that ultimately sucks the blockage up and out of the drain, leaving clear pipe in its place. Once the plunger’s in place, simply pull and push for the suction to do its job. Make sure you’re not too vigorous, though, or you’ll run the risk of damaging your pipes.

If these simple methods don’t work, you could also try using chemicals as they are another great way of sorting out the problem. Be careful, as these chemicals are often corrosive so you should take care to wear old clothes, plastic gloves and goggles to avoid damaging your clothes and skin. You can use strong, thick bleach or, more commonly, caustic soda is used. Simply tip the chemicals down the drain and then wait a while for them to dissolve the blockage, before rinsing.

If your blockage is too stubborn for chemicals, it’s time to bring out the big guns. You could try using a pipe wrench to loosen the bolts on the bit of pipe closest to the blocked area and then remove the section of pipe. Give it a rinse to get rid of the blockage. You can cover the jaws of the wrench with electrical tape to stop it scratching chrome pipes. Make sure to have a bucket and old towels handy to clean up the mess.

If dismantling pipes isn’t your thing, then you could try using the plumber recommended drain snake. These are long, thin, and specially designed to get into deep, narrow pipes and so are great for getting at hard to reach blockages. They have adjustable handles so you can drill into the blockage, snag it and then pull it clear of the pipe. Check the pipe by running hot water through it. Of course, though, if all else fails, make sure you have a trusty plumber’s phone number to hand!

*Disclaimer* This information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as the sole source of information on this issue. We cannot be held responsible for any loss, inconvenience, damage (whether special or consequential) or claims arising out of the use of this information.

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