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Tips on How To Unblock A Drain

Do you need tips on how to unblock a drain? You’re not alone. A blocked drain is one of the most common plumbing problems to frustrate homeowners. They happen, and they’re generally messy. But you can try to solve problems yourself before you resort to calling a plumber.

Baking Soda with White Vinegar.

If you don’t have baking soda and vinegar at home, they will be easy to find at the supermarket. Mix the two ingredients to generate a chemical reaction to help unblock a drain. Safe, cheap and environmentally-friendly, many people find it a very convenient option for unblocking drains.

Use a funnel to pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour in two cups of boiling water. After a few minutes, add another cup of baking soda. And then finally one cup of white vinegar. Plug the sink so that the foam does not come out. Wait for a gurgling noise. Once the sound stops, pour more boiling water to flush through.

Use a Plunger.

Suppose you don’t have a plunger, head to your more convenient DIY centre. There is a useful and inexpensive item to have handy. Pick up some Vaseline too. Apply the Vaseline to the rim of the plunger. Place the plunger over the drain opening to make a seal. Cover the entire gap. Push the plunger down several times. Repeat for five to ten minutes. Check to see if the drain is unblocked by running some water.

Use Wire Clothes Hanger.

Bend a wire clothes hanger to make just one small hook - at one end of the wire – big enough to fit inside the plughole. Push the wire down until you feel the blockage. Slowly twist the wire into the blockage to pull up the trapped mass. Take care not to push the blockage further down the pipe. Once you have pulled up as much as you can, run hot water to clear the rest of the clog.

Don’t Use a Chemical Drain Cleaner.

Chemical drain cleaners can damage both plumbing seals and septic tank systems. And whatever you do try, keep an eye on water levels. A blacked toilet is inconvenient, but overflow is a bigger mess. If you try all the above options and none of them works, you’ll need to call a local plumber. All plumbers have the tools and know-how to unclog drains. Use their expertise and tell them what you have already tried. Contacting your local plumber may be the best option, but at least you will speed up their call out time in attempting to unblock the drain yourself first.

Need Help? Contact Heating Engineers London

If you need drainage help or a local plumber in London, do not hestitate to contact Heating Engineers London today. Simply call us or fill in our contact form, tell us your problem and get a no obligation quote. We have plumbers and heating engineers based all across London including in Wembley, Teddington, Wimbledon, Brixton, Camden, Lewisham, East Ham, Putney and Peckham.