Below are some of the steps to unblock an outside drain:
The first thing to do is to conduct a visual inspection of the area in which a blocked drain is present. Try to find out why it is blocked in the first place. Usually, blockage on external drains is built up of debris, leaves, silt, human waste, household food, fat, oils, and the likes. There are times when a simple build-up didn’t cause the blockage, the problem could be buried deep down, so it won’t be instantly visible. You can remove the maintenance hole covers yourself for inspection, but don’t attempt to go inside if you’re not a professional. Aside from visual inspection, you can also try inspecting through the use of your other senses.
- Smell: Foul smells
- Noises: Gurgling noise inside the plughole
- Toilet drainage: The water does not easily flush, and in some instances, it rises.
- Sink drainage: Water doesn’t drain fast enough into the sink.
2) Do it Yourself Solutions:
- There are things that you can do to unblock drains outside of your property. If you think a foul water pipe is blocked, run your water into the sink and observe. If a rainwater pipe is blocked, pour water into the pipe and observe.
- If you want to remove the blockage, use a drain rod or plumber’s auger. If the blockage is simply caused by a build-up of leaves and debris, wear your protective glass and manually remove it.
3) Expert Solutions
If you think the problem can’t be done by the regular usage of the drain rod or plumber’s auger, you’ll need an expert solution. The ideal agency to call is something that is near your vicinity because they mostly know the area and the sewage design of the place.
Here at Mr. Drains, we carry out an in-depth inspection using CCTV video footage and 360 ? camera technology. Our inspection methods go deep within cavities. After locating the problem, our reliable personnel can easily devise a plan because they have collected enough experience to see all sorts of drainage problems.
Still, the best way to go is prevention. To not go through the hassle of scheduling and paying someone to block your drains, try to follow some preventive guidelines instead. Avoid flushing or dumping the following waste into your drainage entry points (i.e., sink, toilets, and the likes).
- Fats, oils, and grease (FOG)
- Wet wipes
- Nappies and pads
- Sanitary products
- Tampons, applicators, and wrappers
- Razor blades
- Bandages and plasters
- Dental floss
- Medicines and syringes
- Cotton buds