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First we need to determine what is causing your drains to block.

Blocked drains occur when unwanted material like hair, debris, dust & foreign objects become lodged or trapped between the drainpipe (from the sink, bath, etc) and the drainage pipe that follow underneath. The initial blockage then gets bombarded with more products like shampoo, detergents, grease and the likes and start to build up. Over time the blockage becomes denser resulting in no water or very little water being able to pass through the drainpipe. You only start to notice this when the sink, bath tub, shower, etc starts to fill up quickly.

 So how do you unblock your blocked drain?

 Now depending on where your blocked drain is will depend on the initial steps required to unblock the blocked drains.

If you blockage is in the sink or a bath tub you need to take some initial steps to clear the passage ways to get the flow going again. For the sink this can be done by removing the plug, investigating beneath the sink, you may need to remove a nut that secures the stopper or directly pull out the plug by the u-bend. For the bath tub you will may just be able to simply take out he plug, if not you will have to remove the overflow plate in order to get to the assembly.

If you are able to see the blockage then you are able to remove this with your hands (ensure you are wearing protective gloves). The blockage will typically include hair, debris, grease foreign objects all entwined in a jam inside the drainpipe. If the blockage is just out of reach then you can use a coat hanger, straighten it out leaving only a hook on the end. Feed the coat hanger into the drain and pull back up once reached the blockage to bring this closer to the opening and your reach.

 What happens if this doesn’t solve the problem?

 If you are unable to clear the blockage with a coat hanger or by hand then you should consider looking at some alternative methods. Some other methods that have proven to be successful include the use of a plunger. Before commencing you should plug the overflow drain to make sure you have optimum suction with the plunger. Now simply place the plunger over the drain access point and tilt to remove any air between the plunger and the drain access point. Proceed to move the plunger up and down (about 15 times should be suffice). Release the plunger which should result in the water being drained.

If this however doesn’t work then you need to look into a chemical drainpipe cleaner designed to eat away at your blockage. Be aware that chemical drainpipe cleaners should be used only as a last resort to avoid damaging the environment further & to prevent damage to your bathroom fixtures.

If all else fails then its time to get in contact with a Toronto drain cleaning professional or a plumber. A qualified plumber or drain cleaning expert has the equipment to be able to assess your blocked drains and clear it quickly for you without any hassle, the only problem is this solution will cost you money but your guaranteed to get the problem fixed promptly.

Mister Plumber specializing in Toronto, ON sewer repair, drain cleaning, and emergency plumbing, Mr. Plumber uses the latest technology to effectively troubleshoot and quickly repair any plumbing problem and offers a fast response and free estimates. Call us 416 939 1530 or fill the form for Online Free Estimate.

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