Blocked Drain Cleaning: Non-Chemical DIY Methods

Blocked Drain Cleaning: Non-Chemical DIY Methods Blocked Drain Cleaning: Non-Chemical DIY Methods

Drains remain the unsung heroes in the homestead. For the lucky homeowners, it is possible to stay for very many years without even being aware that drains exist. But they all of a sudden become a priority when that dirty water in your sink won’t just go down or when that toilet stops flushing. The drains can then grow into a major source of frustration.

A clogged drain will certainly warrant attention, but having it sorted is perhaps something that you could try yourself. That way, results will be faster than when you call in a pro, and certainly, it will be healthy for your bank account too.

How successful you will be in unclogging your drains will be dependent on how well you know the pipes layout in your house and having several simple tools. Some specific areas of every system of drainage are typically prone to clogging and as such, it pays dividends to understand the location of the typical trouble areas in advance, even before it turns into some serious plumbing emergency.

Drain-Clog Hotspots

Plugged or clogged drains are in all likelihood likely to happen in three specific locations:

  • The curved pipes sections known as “traps” located underneath your showers, tubs or sinks.
  • The internal pathways inside your toilet.
  • Someplace within the house main drainpipe as it moves away from the house.

wentworthville-blocked-drain-repairs3If your drainage trouble probably appears to be more than what meets your eye, it could signify a larger systemic problem. It may be necessary to call in the professionals who are qualified to handle the problem in accordance with the 2002 Regulations on Standard Plumbing and Drainage.

Blocked Drain Cleaning, Sydney

Any curves in a drainpipe, particularly those in the trap section of your sink, tub or shower encourage clogging. These are the areas where most blockages occur.

  1. It is normal to reach for that drain cleaner bottle when we experience a blocked sink. However, rather than use chemicals, begin by trying to remove sink strainer, then using your fingers reach inside the drain and pull out all solids inside there. Though not an enjoyable task, it is nevertheless very effective.
  2. If the above doesn’t work, you may need to employ a sink plunger. This is time for getting under that sink. Odds are high that the clogging is happening at the sink trap.
  3. Remove the trap bottom using slip-joint pliers or a pipe wrench. In all probability you’re going to be rewarded with positive results in the form of gush of sticky stuff plus dirty water when the bottom comes off. If that doesn’t happen, use a flexible wire to poke up the drainpipe and remove the offending sticky gunk.
  4. Your final Do-It-Yourself option involves employing a drain snake or drain auger. This is a flexible long metal device that will bends around any corners when you push it inside the clogged drain. Whenever it hits obstructions, just turn your handle crank and the specially designed drain snake will chew or cut a way through the stuff.

Some useful resources that address water related matters can be found on the website run by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). In addition, the 2008 Building Code of Australia Part 3 addresses the requirements which Australians should adhere to in terms of plumbing.