How to clean a blocked drain

If you have ever had a blocked drain, then you know exactly how much of a nuisance it can be. At first, you will notice the foul odour emanating from the accumulated muck that is stuck in there. Then, before you know it, nothing will be draining away at all, and you will be left with a real mess on your hands. To help you prevent this nightmare scenario from becoming a reality, we have compiled a list of tips to help deal with blocked drains.

  1. If the odour from the blocked drain is overpowering you then you should try pouring a healthy amount of lemon juice down the drain. Within an hour, the lemon juice should have neutralised the odour of the pipe, providing you with enough fresh air to get on with the job of unblocking.
  2. The first unblocking method to try is to boil a kettle of water and pour it slowly down the drain. Hopefully, the heat of the boiling water should be enough to melt or dissolve whatever is causing the blockage, and then the water should flush through the pipes, leaving your drain freshly unblocked. You could try adding a cup of Arm and Hammer baking soda to the hot water for an even more efficient clean.
  3. For the nastiest blockages, try pouring a ½ cup of baking soda mixed with a ½ cup of Salt down the drain, then pour the hot water down 20 minutes later.
  4. If hot water doesn’t work, then maybe Baking Soda and Vinegar will help. Pour 1/3 of a cup of Baking Soda mixed with vinegar down the drain, and the force of the reaction should contribute to clear the grime which has built up in the pipe.
  5. Perhaps you’ll need to use a plunger. Fill the sink with water to help create a seal around the plunger when you use it on the drain. Plunge several times in rapid succession, and hopefully, the sink should begin to drain as whatever caused the blockage starts to dislodge.

Find the U-shaped pipe in your drain system

You could try some very simple plumbing if the other techniques haven’t worked. Find the U-shaped pipe in your drain system and place a bucket underneath it to catch whatever comes out. Loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe and slowly work the piece of pipe free. Drain the contents of the pipe into the bucket and then rinse it thoroughly with water. Put the pipe back together, and hopefully, your drain should now be performing as expected.

Bath drain clog

If it’s a bath drain which has become clogged, then try pouring 1/3 of a cup of Baking soda and vinegar down the drain and leaving it for 1 hour. After the hour put the stopper on the drain and fill the tub. When you remove the stopper, the force of the water from the tub should be enough to clear out the dirt which has already been loosened by the baking soda and vinegar.

Biological drain cleaners

Finally, there are some handy biological drain cleaners available in stores. If you buy one of these, then you should periodically pour some down your drain, and leave it there overnight. If you follow these instructions, then you should never have a problem from your drain ever again.

So, hopefully, now you should be well armed with advice for dealing with blocked drains. Just remember to try these tips, and if you should ever again be hassled by a blocked drain, then you should know exactly what to do.

Julie Endicott

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