Fix Blocked Drain

Fix Blocked Drain – How it’s done..

A blocked drain around your home can be extremely frustrating! A lot of the time the blockage has been a slow build up, going from a slowing down of the drainage, to a partial blockage that takes minutes to empty, to a full on blocked drain. As we’re all aware, ignoring the build-up usually means a greater problem further down the road. But we’ve all been there, and here are some simple tips to help you when you find yourself in such a predicament.

If the blocked drain is located in the bathroom, laundry or kitchen, it is more than likely a build up over time of hair and other gunk becoming trapped in the drain. The good news is this is usually an easy fix!

Try removing the drain cover and removing any blockage by hand. If the blockage is located deeper down the drain, using a piece of wire or a bent coat hanger with a curved tip usually does the trick. Slide the wire down through the blockage, hook it into the build-up and pull out. Often times the whole mess comes out in one heap, if not repeat the process until the drain is clear.

If the drain is located elsewhere in the home, it could be a similar build-up, or food and other items being lodged somewhere down the drain. If the wire/coat hanger trick doesn’t do the job, it’s time to call in the plunger!

Plungers are a great way of forcing free any blockage, and can be effective for use on kitchen sinks, toilets, and other drains. Firstly make sure there’s enough water covering the drain as you want to be forcing water not air down the drain. Also if the blockage is on one side of a double sink or has an over flow, be sure to cover the other sink or outlet with a wet towel or cloth to prevent water flowing out and prevent any damage. Cover the drain with the plunger ensuring a tight seal, then pump up and down vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Most of the time this is enough to clear the blockage, if not repeat the process.

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The third way to fix blocked drain is to pour drain cleaner down the drain and leave for the specified time. These chemicals eat their way through most substances, and followed by a hot water flush will have your drain clear in a matter of hours. For those after a more environmentally friendly solution, try pouring a cup of baking soda down the blocked drain followed by a cup of vinegar or vinegar/hot water mixture. These two have a reaction which can be quite violent, so be sure to cover the drain, and flush once again with hot water afterwards.

Regular flushing of your drains will save you larger trouble in the future. Make a monthly habit of flushing your drains with boiling water, or use the baking soda/vinegar combo on a regular basis to maintain clear drains. Also be sure to prevent as much hair and rubbish as possible from entering sinks and drains. Prevention is better than a cure!

For stubborn or hard to get to blockages, give Oceanside Services a call on 07 5520 7100 today! Our expert team has all the right equipment, and we’ve seen it all before so we’ll have your drains flowing smoothly again same day, guaranteed!

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