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Help, My Drain is Blocked! 4 Tips for Dealing with a Blocked Drain

Help, My Drain is Blocked! 4 Tips for Dealing with a Blocked Drain

Whether it’s slow-moving or completely clogged, problems with your drain can be a huge bummer. The good news is that some issues with your drain can be easily fixed with things you have around your home. For minor blockages, try out these simple, tried-and-tested solutions:

1. Flush it with boiling water

One of the most common ways to unclog blocked drains is by flushing it with boiling water. This is typically ideal for minor blockages, which the hot water can help loosen. Before you use this technique, let the sink drain completely until it is empty.

You should also check the type of material your drain pipe is made of. Metal pipes will hold up well against hot water, but not PVC pipes. Using hot water on PVC may warp the pipe and melt the adhesive used in its joints. Be careful not to pour too much hot water at one time as if it’s a serious blockage, you could have an overflow issue.

2. Use a plunger

Another common way to unclog your drain is with a plunger. It works by creating pressure to suck in water and material that’s clogging the drain, to then force the bockage to dislodge. While a dome-shaped plunger with a flat-bottom rim is commonly available, remember that it’s only designed to be used for sinks. If you wish to unclog a toilet bowl, use the toilet plunger, which has a tall dome and a collar.

3. Try baking soda and vinegar

No luck with boiling water or a plunger? It’s time to try a bit of chemistry. Adding vinegar to baking soda causes a chemical reaction, which you’ll see in the form of foam. This concoction can help remove grime that has built up along the surface of your pipes. To apply this DIY method, first pour some baking soda into the clogged pipe, add vinegar and watch the magic happen. This method can be a good alternative to commercial chemical uncloggers, which may actually do more harm than good to your drain.

4. Call a plumber

While the tips above are all well and good for minor blockages, there are times when home remedies won’t cut it. When that happens, it’s time to call for reinforcement. If you are experiencing flooding or a serious blockage, it’s definitely time to call a plumber to get in and sort out the problem to avoid further damage.

At PlumbCare WA, we offer plumbing services for a whole range of drain blockage problems. We recommend that you give us a call as soon as possible to solve the issue immediately and prevent any potential damage to your sinks, pipes and toilets. We are available 24/7 because we know plumbing problems always happen at the most inconvenient times. Our plumbers are certified and experienced to ensure that you receive quality results and within time. If you have a plumbing emergency, get in touch with us today.

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