Do you have a blocked drain that has been bothering you? Blocked drains are a common issue that comes up in many households. The good news is, if you deal with them on time you can save yourself great discomfort. If you have one that has been bothering you, it may just be the time to call a plumber.
At Mates Rates we have fully qualified and experienced plumbers that can help you out. Below are a few causes of blocked drains and some DIY methods that you can use to clear blocked drains.
What causes blocked drains?
All piping systems have a P trap. This could be the where the blockage is located. This is caused by an accumulation of debris over a period of time. To unblock it you start by unfastening the P-Trap from the drainpipe. When it is loosened, clean it out then put it back in place.
In kitchens, foreign objects or built-up residue can cause drain blockages. Some of these blockages can result in standing water. If this is not dealt with quickly enough, water blocked drain can make for a very messy situation. Read on to find out how to clean blocked drains.
Home remedies for blocked pipes
Drain cleaner can be used to unclog blocked drainage. You can buy this from your local hardware or home improvement store. A drain snake is a simple tool that can also be used to unclog small blockages.
Plunging can also work when you need to unblock a blocked drain. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit the size of the drain that you need to be unclogged.
Baking soda and vinegar can be used to clear clogged drains. You start by pouring hot water down the drain to loosen any debris that will be stuck on the wall. This should be followed by half a cup of baking soda. Let this rest for 10-15 minutes to allow the hot water and baking soda to erode the grime and get rid of the blockage.
Mix one cup of vinegar with an equal amount of boiling water and pour down the drain. This will loosen any other remaining debris. After 10 minutes, wash down the drain with more hot water. If there is a lingering smell which can mean that the blockage is not fully eroded, you can repeat this process as many times as you would like until you get the results you want.
If you have tried all the above and you still have a blocked drain, it might be the time to call a professional plumber to take over.
At Mates Rates Plumbing we have a team of fully qualified and experienced plumbers that will be able to resolve the issue for you and teach you how to prevent blocked drains later on. Call us today or visit website - www.matesratesplumbing.com.au