How To Clear Blocked Drains

January 27, 2022

How To Clear Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are one of the most common yet frustrating and stressful plumbing problems that many homeowners have to deal with.

What may seem like a minor problem to many people can escalate into a major problem that can wreak havoc in your home if not treated properly.

If there is a blocked drain it will cause your water to back up into your bath, toilets, and sinks resulting in corrosion, flooding, and costly repairs.

And if the issue is prolonged you will start experiencing a pungent smell coming from the pipes that can cause breathing problems to those with allergies.

Also Read: What Are The Side Effects Of Blocked Drains?

There are some drainage problems that you can easily fix while some require the help of an expert blocked drain plumber.

In this blog post, we will explain how you can clear the blocked drains in your house.

Common Causes Of Blocked Drains

Here are some of the common causes of clogged drains.

  • Fat and grease accumulate on the inner lining of the pipes and then solidify and stick to the drains pipes.
  • Twigs, leaves, and other outdoor debris that fall into the drains from the gutters also block the drainage system.
  • When objects like flushable wipes, baby wipes, and other sanitary items are flushed down the toilet it clogs the drain.
  • Hair and soap scum also get accumulated inside the drain pipes and then block them.
  • Another common reason for blocked drains is broken and cracked pipes due to wear and tear.
  • Pipes are not made to handle a mountain of paper waste so when too much toilet paper is flushed down the toilet it seizes the drainage system.

Tips To Fix Clogged Drains

There are times when the cause of a blocked drain is not that severe and you can unblock the drain yourself. Here are some ways through which you can unclog your clogged drains.

Boiled Water

A common hack to unblock a drain is by boiling some water and then pouring it down the clogged drain in phases.

This method helps to dissolve the small amount of accumulation of grease, fat, and soap scum in your drain.

Use A Plunger

Sometimes all you need is a good plunger to unblock your clogged drain. Just make sure that the plunger is big enough to cover the drain opening and then just use your muscles to free the drain blockage.

Use Drain Cleaners

Another easy way to open your clogged drain is by pouring drain cleaner into it. Buy a liquid-based drain cleaner from the nearest store and pour it into your clogged drain to open it.

The Wire Hanger Method

This method is very effective and easy to use. Just bend a household metal hanger and make a small hook on one of its ends.

Then use it to fish out any object that might be stuck in the drain, then just carefully pull out the hanger with all the gunk.

This is an effective way to unclog your clogged drain but make sure not to push the metal hanger too deep into the drain.

When To Call A Professional Drain Cleaner

It may seem easier to try and fix the problem on your own but fixing a clogged drain can be more difficult than you imagine, especially when the issue cant be resolved with the aforementioned tips.

If after using the above-mentioned tips your blocked drain does not fix then it is time that you call a professional drain cleaning expert.

If the issue requires major repair work you should never try to do it yourself and should call a licensed plumbing company instead.

Because you will lack the proper knowledge and tools that are required to solve the difficult issues. By trying to solve it yourself you may end up making the situation worse.

Hence you should only hire a professional plumbing company to fix major clogged drain issues as they have the right tools and expert drain cleaners who will fix your issue quickly and easily.

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