Each household has multiple drains that get used for a variety of purposes — including those that they shouldn’t — when they are only made for draining water. Incorrect use can sometimes lead to blockages, so if you’re someone who has find themselves in a bit of a pickle, check out some great tips below to clear your pipes.
1. Check the Pipes
What better way to attack a problem than to go right to the source? Pipes don’t always run in a straight line, and the U-bend underneath your sink can attest to that! These can store things like food and hair, and over time this will build up until water can’t flow through. If possible, dismantle and remove this section to manually clean out any blockages.
2. Hire a Pro
Sometimes with blocked drains, the problem is not with the ‘stuff’ in the pipe but rather, it’s the pipe itself. If you’re finding that none of your best cleaning strategies are working, then this could be the issue. Corroded or broken pipes can create issues, and this problem will keep occurring no matter how many times you clean it out. Your best option is to hire a professional – companies such as Nuflow Technologies offer pipe repair and use technology, such as the Redline system, to skilfully reline and fix your damaged pipes.
3. Deep Plunge
If clogged drains are becoming a constant problem in your home, consider purchasing a plunger for some heavy duty unblocking. Force is the key – the more force used, the more you are going to get out. The best way to do this is to ensure the plunger is sealed tightly around the drain, try filling the sink with a bit of water while you hold the plunger over the drain to help.
4. Snake It
‘Snaking the line’ is another useful process for persistent clogs. This requires a drilling device – you can get these in handheld or larger sizes. The device extends and retracts a snake cable that has a coiled end which turns as it moves. When it then encounters an obstruction, the cable can snag it and pull the clump back up the pipe to clear it. It’s best to repeat the process a few times to make sure the blockage is clear, then run warm water down the drain to flush any excess residue.
5. The Right Mix
Drain cleaners from supermarkets and home maintenance shops are an easy way to break down blockages – all you have to do is pour the liquid down the drain. Just make sure to read the instructions carefully and wear appropriate clothing because you’re dealing with chemicals. If you’d rather something simple you can mix at home, then baking soda and vinegar is an effective cleaner too. Mix these ingredients 50:50, and once it’s fizzing, pour it straight down the drain. Let it sit for a few hours, or overnight, then run hot water through the pipe.
As every blockage is different, it’s sometimes a matter of trial and error to find the best way to clear your drain. Whatever method you choose, it is likely to be a messy affair, so be prepared!
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