Blocked Drains: 4 Methods of Unblocking Your Drain At Home

22 October 2019
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In cases where good workmanship has been applied (that is, where quality pipes and proper fitting has been done) it is rare to encounter blocked drains. However, over time, debris such as fats, grease, oil, hair, and household items may get into the drains, causing blockages.

Several methods can clear your blocked drain depending on the type and quantity of debris that has filled it. 

Here is an analysis of some of the methods that might help you when you're looking to clear your drains; read on to understand how you can remove all types of blockages in your drain.

Boiling Water

Boiling water is an easy and readily available remedy that can quickly clear your drain in some instances. This method can help dissolve or loosen some types of blockages. If the blockage on your drainage is not so tight, then boiling water will probably solve your problem.

Using a Plunger

Using a plunger involves inserting it at the opening of your drain by making sure it covers the opening tightly to create pressure and then pushing it up and down to loosen the blockage. It is a very good solution for solid debris, such as household items like soap.

A Plumber's Snake

A plumber's snake can be suitable for unblocking solid blockages in your drain. As you are pushing the snake, you can break the clog and get deeper into your drain, reaching even materials that are deeper in the drainpipe.

Caustic Cleaner

Caustic cleaner is made out of sodium hydroxide and can dissolve oil, hair, fats, grease and even protein-based deposits from food and other common deposits in your drain. At home, most of the debris that blocks your drain originates from food; that is, from oils, fats, grease and proteins. Therefore, the caustic cleaner will clear all these types of common clogs in your drain.

It is important to cover your hands and face when pouring the caustic cleaner into your drain, and it is also important to remember to flush the pipes with water afterwards to remove any caustic chemical that may be on the pipes.

No single method exists that is perfect for your drain; it all depends on the type of clog that you are dealing with at the moment. While a DIY approach to this problem may work for you, it is advisable to seek the help of professional plumbers, as they are experienced in unclogging drains. Find a professional to help with your blocked drain today if you have this problem.