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Most Common Tips to Clear Blocked Drainage

///Most Common Tips to Clear Blocked Drainage

Most Common Tips to Clear Blocked Drainage

The warning signs are showing: sink takes longer to drain, water is pooling around your bathroom floor when you shower, strange, unpleasant odors from your kitchen and bathroom. Those are all the signs of having a clogged drainage system. Then, one day, your drain is completely blocked! This is something that must be dealt with quickly. Otherwise, your pipe can just snap or burst and you have a useless bathroom.

10 Tips To Clear Blocked Drainage

So nothing happens when you removed the gunk and excess hair that’s built up the surface of the drain. You tried using liquid plumber and plunger, but no good. Don’t lose hope. Before contacting that expensive emergency plumber, here are the 10 most common tips and tricks to clear blocked drainage.

Bent Wire Hanger

This sounds simple but it is surprisingly effective. As best as you can, straighten your regular wire coat hanger. Then, create a small hook by bending one end over. Then, start fishing by pushing it past the drain cover. That way, you will be able to get all sorts of nasty junk and hair out of the drain. The goal here is to pull all the gunk out, and not pushing it further. After getting as much junk as you can, run the hot water so it clears things up nicely.

Bent Wire Hanger

Vinegar & Baking Soda

This is a very common method of clearing blocked drainage. In a measuring cup, mix 1/3rd cup of baking soda with 1/3rd cup of vinegar. These two will fizz immediately and you wouldn’t be wasting any time pouring it down the clogged drain. Further, this mixture and fizzing action helps remove the hair, grime, and gunk that has built up in the pipe. Then, let it sit down for an hour or overnight if possible. After that, flush it with hot water. Another way of doing this method is by putting as much dry baking soda down the drain before pouring in the vinegar.

Vinegar & Baking Soda

Wet & Dry Vacuum

Another great tool to unclog drains is by using a wet & dry shop vacuum. The first thing to do is to set it to vacuum liquids and covering up the vent to prevent a mess. Next is to create the tightest seal possible over the drain. You can get creative with this, such as adapting an old plunger head for this purpose. Turn the vacuum on its highest setting so it is powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. Although it doesn’t always work, it is worth the shot.

Wet and Dry Vacuum

Boiling Water

Here’s another easy way to deal with this. Boil up as much water as you can with the kettle. If you don’t have one, you may use a stove or microwave to boil water. Then, pour the boiling water down the drain in two to three rounds, allowing as much hot water to work for a few seconds in between each pour. This trick is usually the quickest and easiest way to unclog drains. If there’s any hot water left, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea.

Boiling Water in Blocked Drains

Caustic Soda

In this method, you will need some rubber gloves and eye protection. Sodium Hydroxide, or Caustic soda may cause nasty chemical burns. You may buy these from your local hardware store, but you must use caution when handling it.

In a mop bucket, pour ¾ gallons of cold water and add three cups of caustic or corrosive soda. Mix them well with an old wooden spoon. This will start to fizz and heat up. Then, pour it into the blocked drainage and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Lastly, flush the drain with boiling water. You may repeat this process if necessary.

Caustic Soda in Blocked Drains

Cleaning the Pipe

This job is easy and doesn’t require you to ask help from plumbers. Put an empty bucket underneath the U-shaped pipe below the sink. That bucket will be used to collect the water and junk that will spill. Take a plumber’s wrench, loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe. You can do this operation by hand.

After freeing the trap, remove it and turn it upside down, emptying all contents into the bucket. You may also fish around inside it for debris if necessary. Do the same job for the pipes that were holding it. You can also use an old toothbrush to get tough junk out. Then, rinse the traip with water and put it all back together. This will usually do the trick.

Cleaning the Pipe

Drain Snake

This piece of equipment is fairly low-tech and works wonders to blocked drainage. Basically, it is a long flexible metal rope with a spiral metal at the end.

Drain Snake for Drain Clearance

Baking Soda and Salt

Similar with the vinegar and baking soda trick, just mix ½ cup of table salt with ½ cup of baking soda and pour them down the blocked drain. Leave this on for 10-20 minutes. While that settles, boil water and pour it down the drain. The baking soda, salt, and boiling water will generate a chemical reaction that dissolves some or most of the nastiest blockages.

Baking Soda and Salt

Dish Detergent

This trick works best in a clogged toilet. Just pour ¼ cup of dish detergent in the bowl, while boiling some water on the side. The dish detergent will act as a lubricant and aid in breaking up any greasy residue. Next, pour hot water down and start plunging. In the event that the plunger doesn’t work, rubber gloves are your next option.

Dish Detergent

Vinegar, Baking Soda, Gravity, and Pressure

If you have a clogged bath drain, mix up some vinegar and baking soda such as mentioned above. Pour them down the drain, and place a stopper over it. Then, fill the bathtub with water after 45-60 minutes. After that, remove the stopper. The 40-50 gallons of water will create pressure that should be enough to dislodge the blockage that’s been loosened by the vinegar and baking soda mixture. You may also try the drain snake or plunging in conjunction with the weight of the water.

Vinegar, Baking Soda, Gravity, and Pressure

Bottom Line

So those are the 10 easy and quick tips to help you deal with the most stubborn blocked drainages. Keep in mind these easy and economical tips. You won’t need to call a plumber to deal with these issues. Otherwise, if none of those methods work, you may call the plumber as a last resort.

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Hugo March
Hugo March
19:29 24 Jan 19
Like many others I just cannot recommend Matt and M.R.Drains more highly. Recently we had a very elusive problem with water ingress in the basement flat of our building on the New Kings Road, Fulham. Over a period of a month several so called drainage experts came to take a look. In short none of them had a clue despite charging vast amounts of money for camera surveys etc and giving eye watering estimates. It was our good fortune to stumble across Matt. First of all he arrived when he said he would and secondly had identified the problem in under half an hour. The cost of the video survey was peanuts in comparison to others and his equipment state of the art. By that evening he had emailed us the video, a report and a quote to send to our insurers. It was more than reasonable. Matt came several days later, again exactly when he said he would, and within a couple of days had repaired and lined the damaged pipes etc I felt completely comfortable leaving him with the keys of our property. We now have no water ingress and fully operational drains with a ten year warranty. Matt was very user friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I will definitely be recommending him to others.read more
Niki Wigram
Niki Wigram
10:03 22 Dec 18
Mr Drains’ team were all so attentive and professional. We had an urgent job and they were willing and able to fit us in last mintute at a very busy time of year. We highly recommend them.read more
David Edward
David Edward
23:14 23 Nov 18
Unbeatable on price, speed and efficiency. A total breeze organising and completing the job with Matt. Very reasonably priced and we were even charged £5 less than quoted, which rarely happens. Honest.read more
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natalie weber
15:59 23 Nov 18
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. We contacted MR Drains Ltd and spoke with a their reception team who advised the person we needed to speak to was on the other line, but he'd call back within 5 minutes, which he did. We got a call back within minutes from Matt, who arranged to visit the property on the same day within 3 hours of receiving our call. He worked with our plumbers on site to investigate the drainage and track it with a camera. He went above and beyond in staying around to help the plumbers locate and lift other manholes. An absolutely lovely guy, who clearly knows his stuff. Fast, polite, super efficient. If only all companies were like this! Thanks again Matt. From a very happy customer!read more
Tracey Pierce
Tracey Pierce
14:03 07 Oct 18
Excellent service received from Matt and Harry. I had an urgent, serious drain and rodent issue at a residential property. I received an immediate response to my initial enquiry, and the work started within the week. They identified the issues, and were solution orientated, rectifying all of the problems. They were reliable, on time and tidy. They were not the cheapest quote, but the work and materials were of high quality, and you generally get what you pay for. A 10 year guarantee was also provided. I would definitely recommend them.read more
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