A blocked drain is common occurrence at home, and for many, it’s one that pops us over and over again. So it’s understandable that you want to get rid of it once and for all; to completely rid your life of the problem.
That’s why we’ve come up with a guide here to help you get rid of that blocked drain for good.
Know when there’s a blockage
The biggest issue for many homeowners is that they learn of a blockage too late. There could be a build up for months before the problem makes itself known, by which time, it’s too late. Noticing a blockage is easy; you’ll spot that waste water isn’t draining away; toilet water won’t flush; and manhole covers will start to overflow.
You might also notice a smell, which over time will only get worse.
Before you head out to tackle the blockage make sure that you have the necessary clothing. Gloves, goggles, and overalls; you’re going to need all of them. And don’t forget to wash everything when you’re done!
And now you’re ready to take on the blockage.
Note: You’re going to need a set of drain rods to complete the job. These can be purchased in most DIY stores.
Locate and clear the blockage
The first step is to lift the manhole cover nearest your home. The covers are often heavy and sometimes may be rusted shut. Use a screw driver to chisel away the rust and then lift it off. We recommend having someone help you do this because if you drop it on a finger or toe, you’re going to break a bone. One person can lift; the other can slide something underneath the cover.
Once the cover is off attach a plunger to the end of your drain rod and send it down. It may take several minutes of twisting and poking, but it should eventually dislodge whatever’s causing the issue. Once you’ve shifted the blockage, flush the drain out with water to get rid of any remaining debris.
And hey presto! Your drain is no longer blocked.
Prevent the problem
So now you’ve shifted the problem, let’s look at how you can ensure it doesn’t happen again. The best way is to regularly check your drains and look out for any minor blockages. Catch it early and you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle further down the line.
Watch what you flush too. Nappies, cotton wool, and face wipes are just three things that can cause problems. And remember to always rinse you plates of food before they go in the dishwasher. Excess leftovers end up in your drains, which in time, will cause a blockage.
Call in a pro
If you don’t like the idea of unblocking the drain yourself or you’re having trouble doing it call in us here at Trio Plumbing. With years of experience and a team of highly skilled plumbers we’ll help rid you of that blocked drain for good.