10 Tips to Clear Any Blocked Drain in 2021
The blocked drain. Sure, it’s highly inconvenient, but all plumbing systems develop clogs; there’s no way to avoid them. How you go about unblocking drains is pivotal, but minimising the risk is equally important. easy with a few simple tips.
Metropolitan is here to break down and show you how to prevent stubborn clogs in a kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet and floor drain.
Our prevention protocols will dislodge virtually any clog, too. But it’s sometimes best to call in our professional plumbers. If you can’t clear a slow draining blockage after a few attempts, make sure you admit defeat and turn the job over to our drain cleaning service with a licensed plumber. Exerting too much force when clearing blocked drains can lead to a permanently broken pipe or fixture. Then you’ll be left with some more serious long-term problems and costly repairs.
Let’s avoid the major problems. Here are 10 tips to clear any blocked drain.
The kitchen is where the magic happens. Marvellous dinners, scrumptious breakfasts, and tasty treats in between. However, behind the scenes, the kitchen’s plumbing is always in heavy use. From the sink drain to the dishwasher, all sorts of cooking grease, oil, food debris, coffee grounds and leftovers are going down the drain.
When it comes to kitchen drains, the most important thing to keep your drain clear is maintenance. Things like food catchers and strainers are great for stopping items from entering your drains. But that’s not foolproof. Fat, oil and grease can pass through before it settles and solidifies.
Here are the best things you can do to stop blocked kitchen drains.
1. Never put food scraps or waste down the drain
The best prevention for a blocked kitchen drain is to dispose of food waste safely. Dispose of oil and grease in containers which can be thrown in the bin. Always put food waste in the bin or compost.
2. Run hot water to flush down fat, oil or grease
If you have to wash leftover cooking oil or grease down the kitchen drain, run a stream of hot water as well. The hot water keeps the liquid moving down the drain, instead of settling at the first U-bend and building up as a thick, hardened layer.
3. Unclog your drains naturally with baking soda and vinegar
Recurrences of a clogged drain line may be due to an inadequate cleanout and will require further inspection from our highly qualified plumbers. Our plumbers can fix your blocked drain in your local area today.
Working Time: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
Equipment/Tools to have:
2 to 4 cups boiling water
Baking soda – ½ of 1 cup
Vinegar – 1 cup hot water with vinegar solution
Unblocking Drain Blockages with Baking Soda and VinegarIn addition to hot water, baking soda and vinegar are brilliant natural cleaners. Their chemical reaction helps dislodge stubborn food waste, clearing the drain and removing bad smells. You can do this in 4 quick steps:
- Pour boiling water down the drain.
Bathroom Sink and Tub Drains
Compared to the kitchen, both the bathroom sink and bathtub drain are going to be prone to slightly different clogs. There’s no food waste, instead, there’s soap and hair. Still, you can use the same drain cleaning methods in the bathroom as you would elsewhere. Boiling water, baking soda and vinegar can all make for simple DIY cleaning solutions as a way to clear minor blockages.
But when there’s hair down there, you might need something different.
4. Catch hair with a wire coat hanger
Always do your best to catch long hair before it runs down the drain. But if there is a likely build-up, a coat hanger can help! Using an old-school wire coat hanger as a form of DIY drain snake, bend it into shape so you can wriggle the hooked end down the drain. Twirl the wire hanger around and it will latch onto any hair within reach. You can also purchase a small, handheld plastic drain snake for the same job!
5. The trusty plunger
Both the tub and sink can benefit from a plunger. In the bath, plug the overflow drain to help create a vacuum seal, before setting the plunger in place. Fill the tub so the water level is just above the rubber seal of the plunger, then get to work. The vacuum will help draw up any shallow drain blockage.
6. Use a wire drain auger
You can purchase or hire a wire drain auger from your local hardware store for more stubborn drain blockages. By feeding the auger down the drain you can catch any minor blockages within 6 metres.
By straightening out a wire coat hanger into a long hook, you can easily catch any hair caught near a shower drain, floor drain or sink.
The most likely place for a blockage is in the toilet. Not only can man-made materials cause a nasty clog, but so can foreign tree roots or pipework damage. That’s why there are simple solutions like a plunger that can fix a temporarily blocked toilet drain. But there are also more serious tools and tricks.
7. Prevention and plunging
The best way to avoid a blocked toilet is by never flushing disposable wet wipes, sanitary products, solid objects or basically anything but toilet paper and human waste. Still, clogs happen. If they do, a toilet plunger or bellows plunger is the best way to see if you can easily displace an offending clog.
8. Hydro jet drain cleaning
When tree roots have forced their way deep down, past the influence of a plunger or auger, you need the hydro jet to clear blocked drains. It uses high-pressured jets of water to slice apart any severe blockage. It’s best to book a local plumber for professional handling of a hydro jet. They have undergone regular training to use a hydro jet and understand how to protect existing plumbing and drains.
9. Your floor drains are just as susceptible to blockages
They’re a part of your entire plumbing and drainage system and will be affected when hair or toilet paper causes an obstruction elsewhere. But you can at least think of it as a handy access point!
Floor drains should always contain a small amount of water so sewer smells remain trapped. So you should always expect to see some water if you even look into the kitchen or laundry floor drains. Always pay attention to how well the water is flowing through. If the level rises too much, you may have a blockage located deep in your plumbing.
10. Keep your stormwater drains clear with regular garden maintenance
Rake the leaves regularly, tidy up grass clippings, and always pick up loose debris after pruning or a storm. This act will reduce the risk of your outdoor drains flooding when the next storm hits.
If you are ever struck by a blocked drain and you just don’t know where the problem is, call Metropolitan Plumbing. Our team is available 24/7 for professional advice and drain clearing services. We’ll have your plumbing flowing with same day service.
The Bottom Line Is To Prevent Blocked Drains
The best way to avoid blocked sinks and drains is with prevention. Avoid washing food waste down the kitchen sink, or hair down the shower drain. Once something ends up in your drain pipes, you really don’t know if a blockage is forming.
Regardless, it can be handy to have a plunger or drain auger at home. They are simple solutions for minor clogs, including in the toilet. For anything more serious, though, often the best option is to contact a professional plumber. Their expertise will ensure long-term success in clearing clogged drains.