My drains are blocked – what should I do?
We’ve seen it before and we’ll certainly see it again: the warning signs of a blocked drain. Whether you’re in the shower and the water is taking longer than usual to drain so there is a pool of water at your feet, or maybe there’s a strong eggy smell coming from the kitchen sink; this is your drain telling you that it needs tending to! Don’t let the blockage build up and fester, deal with it as soon as you can – this will prevent complete blockages or, even worse, a burst pipe.
This month, the experts at Jet Rod are here to offer you a few pointers to help you with unblocking your drains. Don’t panic, simply follow our advice and your drains will be sinking water with ease, once again.
- Baking soda in a dry sink – pour baking soda into a blocked drain, then pour two cups of boiling hot water directly down the plug and leave it for a good few minutes. Place one more cup of baking soda back down the plug and follow it up with a cup of white vinegar. Pop your plug over the drain; you will hear a bubbling noise, but this is OK. After a few minutes, pour another two cups of hot water down the plug and this should eliminate any unpleasant smells or slow draining.
- Chemical drain cleaners – there are many heavy duty chemical products that can be found in your local high street stores. These are used to dissolve grease and kill any nasty germs that can be found lurking within your drains – nearly all chemical drain cleaners will get your plumbing smelling neutral once again. Always read the instructions on the back of the cleaner you purchase because the steps can differ from product to product.
- Pipe cleaners – using a pipe cleaner with little teeth, place it down the plughole and run it up and down the pipes repeatedly. After a few seconds, you will most likely feel tension as the pipe cleaner picks up the residue sitting inside your pipes.
- Boiling water – slowly pour boiling water from the kettle down the plug hole. This will help to loosen up the blockage should it be small food particles. Pour the water down the plug in three stages: the first one to loosen up the blockage, the second to push the blockage down the pipes and the third to flush it down and out of your system.
- Pour your dirty dishwater down the drain – use a food catcher, they’re cheap and will save you the hassle and your drains the strain.
- Add to the blockage – if your bath or sink is full of water and won’t drain, don’t add to it. Adding any chemical remedies will only exacerbate the situation, so you will need to contact a professional who will carry out the correct remedial action.
- Leave it another week longer – as life continues, so will your blocked drain if the problem remains unaddressed. Daily showers and regular washing up can add to the problem, causing the issue to worsen and potentially become more expensive.
Don’t just put up with slow or smelly drains, get to the root of the cause and keep your property running without a hitch. Should you try the pointers above but see no difference with your drains, call a professional who can help you today. Based in Macclesfield, our team of experts work throughout Warrington, Crewe and the surrounding areas. If you’re local, feel free to get in touch – we can offer you same day solutions.