Blocked drains are one of the most common problems that all Australian families face. However, there are several easy solutions that you can try yourself before seeking professional help.
In this article, we look at some simple ways in which you can unblock your sink, shower or bath using items that you probably already have in your home.
The first step to take when dealing with blocked drains is to remove any debris such as hair that may be clogging the plug hole. If the water still does not drain away, you could try using a plunger to see if it releases the blockage. If this too fails to produce a result, you could try one of the following options.
Use A Wire Coat Hanger
Take a wire coat hanger from your wardrobe and bend it so that it is straight. Using pliers, bend one end to make a hook shape and push it through the plug hole to try to release any gunk that is blocking the drain.
Make sure to pull any debris upwards rather than pushing it down as that will only make the blockage harder to shift. Once you have removed as much as possible, run your hot tap and hopefully the water will drain away.
Use Vinegar And Baking Soda
Another solution that using ingredients found in most Australian homes is to mix a third of a cup of vinegar with a third of a cup of baking soda. Pour the fizzing liquid straight into the drain and leave overnight to unblock the pipes.
Use A Wet & Dry Vacuum
If you are the owner of a wet and dry vacuum, you can use it to unclog your drain. Change the setting to vacuum up liquids, create as tight a seal as possible over the plug hole and the turn the vacuum on at its highest setting. It often draws the debris causing the blockage up and into the bag.
Cleaning Out The Pipe
Although not a pleasant job, removing the U-bend trap of your sink’s pipe will help to unblock your pipes.
Remember to put a bucket under the U-bend first to catch any waste water that comes out of the pipe. Undo the slip nuts at both sides of the pipe with a wrench and then remove the trap, tipping it upside down to release any blockages. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to loosen any residue inside the pipe, then rinse it with clean water and screw back into place. It should unblock the drain.
Baking Soda And Salt
Mix half a cup of baking soda with the same amount of salt and tip into the blocked drain. Leave it to stand for between 10 and 20 minutes then pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain.
The chemical reaction produced should unclog your pipes effectively.
If none of these tips works, it is probably time to call in professional help. A plumber will be able to use professional grade products to remedy your blocked pipes in no time.