“The chance of experiencing a blocked drain goes up proportionally with the number of guests you are about to receive.” That may be more hearsay than fact. The fact is that a blocked drain may take a while to build up, but once it has started, it becomes obvious at lightning speed.
Signs of a Blocked Drain
- Your toilet, shower, bath, or sinks are draining slowly – or not draining away at all. (Tip: If only one of these fittings is having drainage issues, then the blockage is probably in the fixture itself. If they are all blocked, then the problem is most likely to be in the main drain.)
- A foul smell is the most obvious and most offensive sign. The sulphurous smell indicates trapped and rotting elements.
- Gurgling can be caused by trapped air in the pipes being displaced and pushed up through the system. The gurgling can come from your pipes, drains, plug holes and toilet flushes. They are another sign that it is time for plumbing equipment hire.
In this day and age, pouring toxic chemicals down your drains is a no-no.
Step 1: The first step to cleaning blocked drains is to try a natural combination of bicarbonate of soda followed by an equal quantity of white vinegar.
Step 2: If that does not work, you may need some drain cleaning equipment:
- A drain rod set (comprising 2m x 8mm heavy duty rods) is ideal for clearing blocked sewerage systems, pipes and for final cleaning operations.
- An electrical or manual drain cleaner is used in domestic applications, industrial pipeline systems, in public buildings, by maintenance companies, hotels and hospitals, on mains systems, sewers and guttering.