tips to clear any blocked drain

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.

Kitchen Sink

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

Half a cup of vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and boiling hot water is a simple and environmentally friendly way to clear drains.

2. Follow with ½-1 cup of baking soda + 1 cup hot water/vinegar solution.
3. Cover with the drain plug and let it sit for 30 minutes for maximum benefit.
4. Remove the plug from the drain hole and flush it with boiling water.

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.

Instructions for how to unblock a sink trap.

In terms of simple DIY tricks, the best home remedy is ½-1 cup of baking soda mixed with 1 cup vinegar and boiling water poured down the drain. Let the solution sit for 30 minutes before removing the plug and rinsing it with hot water.
Compared to a sink or basin drain, a toilet blockage is likely caused by a larger object than fat, oil or grease. As a result, one way to fix a blocked toilet drain is with a plunger that can help dislodge any offending clog. However, it may not be a long-term solution, you might require a more thorough cleaning with a hydrojet drain cleaner or electric eel.
It’s best to check your local tenancy rights and rental laws, for specifics. However, responsibility for plumbing maintenance can be shared to an extent. Often it is the landlord’s role to organise and cover the costs of a plumber. They may also permit a tenant to contact their own plumber. If a tenant is at fault for the blocked drain or broken pipes, it may be their responsibility to pay for an emergency plumber.

Published: 2020-08-28

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