Most people realise that they may have a blocked drain when their sink is overflowing with dirty water that refuses to drain. However, a blocked drain can be spotted much earlier than this or even prevented from happening at all with a couple of pre-emptive measures.
It is important to remember that if you take some precautions then you can avoid blocked drains altogether. Try to avoid any large bits getting flushed down your drains. You can do this by putting strainers in all of your sinks. Don’t let soap go down the drain. It is a common misconception that soap will simply dissolve away in the drain, it will not. Finally, wash your drains frequently, you can do this by pouring boiling water down your drain occasionally or pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain, wash this away with hot water and your drains should smell fresh.
To be able to spot the first signs of a blocked drain you need to look out for the tell-tale signs of a blockage. Bad smells are usually the most obvious sign. Most kitchen sinks and wash basins are built so that smells can’t come up through the pipework. If you can smell something it is probably because something is in the drain. The next symptom is slow water drainage. The slow drainage is more likely to get worse than better so it is a good idea to unblock the drain before it becomes fully blocked. Additionally sometimes taps will gurgle when turned on if you have a blocked drain, although this can be caused by other things as well. Blockages can have a wide variety of causes which could include soap, hair dirt or anything else that goes down your drain.
A large amount of people use chemicals to clear a blockage. These chemicals are usually a thick liquid that are intended to sink to the blockage and dissolve it. However, these chemicals are very dangerous and harmful to the environment. It is just as effective and much less damaging to use another method to clear your drains. This article does not recommend that you use chemicals to clear your blockage.
A plunger is the most common way of trying to clear a drain. A plunger creates a large amount of suction and tries to shift the blockage out of the way. The best method is to coat the rim of the plunger with some grease to ensure an airtight seal and then fill the sink or basin with enough water to cover the cup of the plunger. Pump the plunger strongly several times and the blockage should move.
If you have a U- bend trap this can be easily cleared by removing it. Place a bucket underneath the trap and unscrew it from the pipework. Be careful as drain water will spill out as you remove the U trap. Once the U trap has been removed look for the obstruction and remove it from the pipe. Replace the U bend and the drain should work as good as new.
Most DIY stores will sell ‘drain snakes’ which are effectively long flexible metal rods which you can put down your drain and will remove the blockage. The snake needs to be fed down the drain and rotated. Pull the snake back up and the blockage will eventually be moved.
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