A blocked drain is an occurrence that happens eventually to all households. You may
have experienced being in the shower with the water level slowly forming a puddle or
even quickly rising, submerging your feet. Whilst brushing your teeth, you may be
surprised to find out that the sink is already half filled with water. The worst possible
drain blockage that could happen in an establishment though, is if your toilet would
not flush properly even with after several attempts. Aside from being unhygienic, this
is also gross and could lead to embarrassing situations.
Blocked drains are the result of an obstruction in the area between your bathroom
drain and the drainage pipes that it leads to. It is usually caused by trapped solid
objects such as hair, dust and particles. The blockage gets worse when household
products such as shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and detergents accumulate. This will
eventually become denser and will hinder the water from flowing smoothly through
your drain pipe.
There are several ways to get your pipes working properly again. Several gadgets
found in the market could remedy blocked drains given that the cause of obstruction is
a simple material such as hair. If the blockage is at a single sink trap, illuminate the
trap with a flashlight. If you could clearly see that the cause of the jam is accumulated
hair, you may use a wire bent at the end like a hook, or even long nosed pliers to pull
our the clog of hair yourself.
A toilet plunger could also be used to clear a simple blocked drain. Just ensure that
the rubber cup of the plunger fully covers the sink, tub, or toilet drain. There must
also be plenty of water around the plunger. Push the plunger up and down until the
block is successfully dislodged. This may take a few minutes, but be patient because
this method actually works. It may not suffice, however, if the blockage is caused by
rust or mineral build up or a broken drain line.
The plumbing snake is one tool used to clear drain blocks. It is a flexible wire that is
forced down through a drain and may be rotated by hand or by a machine, depending
on its size. Caution must be taken, though, as using a power snake could lead to
serious injury. This tool is best left in a professional plumber’s hands if you do not
know how to control it.
Another tool that is used for unclogging drains is the kinetic water ram. It can
unblock some drains even if the block is distant, as long as the drain pipe is full of
water when the ram is used. It compresses air in a cylinder, and releases this air
forcefully to loosen the obstruction in the pipes. It is imperative not to use too much
pressure than what is needed to clear the drain. You could end blowing the trap right
off the sink if the air pressure is too high.
Using de-clogging chemicals could effectively unclog your blocked drain. But these
chemicals are dangerous and may harm our environment as most of the chemicals are
toxic and might cause burns or poisoning.
A blocked drain poses a serious health hazard. Sewerage-borne germs may cause
fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach ache. It is important to be observant and if
any family member exhibits any of these symptoms, consult a doctor right away.
Objects that come in direct contact with the dirty water should be disinfected using
household bleach diluted with water. Any items that could not be disinfected such as
stuffed toys and the like should be disposed of immediately.
In dealing with a blocked drain, it is always best to leave the dirty work to the
professionals. Your trusted plumber could quickly solve the problem. This might be
more expensive than doing it yourself, but you can be assured that your blocked drain
is completely cleared and it will not bother you again in the near future. Most of all,
calling a plumber will ensure the safety of your family, since most of the gadgets and
methods mentioned above are best used by a professional.
Be sure to have your plumber’s number among the list of your emergency numbers.
In most cases, a plumber is just as important as a doctor. With his help, your blocked
drain could be gone in a jiffy.
This article was prepared by Wolfgang Hofbauer on behalf of Arscott Plumbing
http://www.ArscottPlumbing.com.au. With the wide area around Melbourne that
Arscott Plumbing services you can sleep soundly knowing that an Emergency
Plumber is only a call away