Blocked Drains

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Blocked drains are a common problem for Australian home owners and if you haven’t had the problem yourself, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Apart from blocked drains being an obvious health hazard, they can also lead to many other inconveniences that can become both disruptive and expensive if not attended to.

Blocked Drain ClearingCommon Blocked Drain Problems

  • Unsanitary environment
  • Building structural damage
  • Flooding
  • Damage to carpets and floorboards
  • Damaged furniture and appliances
  • Irreparable drain damage

How We Fix Your Blocked Drains

Investigation

block drains cleaning by Service Today PlumberAll Service Today trucks are equipped with advanced CCTV Drain Camera’s that enable our technicians to position and manoeuvre a camera within the drain. This technology allows them to see exactly what the problem is via a video monitor at ground level. Whether it is stormwater drain clearing or bathroom drain cleaning, CCTV inspection is very helpful to find the right solution for drain clearing.

Location

Service Today use highly advanced pipe locators that allow our technicians to pinpoint exactly where the problem lies by tracking an electrical signal omitted from the head of the drain camera. This enables us to establish how far along the drain the blockage is and it even tells us the depth.

Blockage removal

In addition to the sophisticated CCVT drain camera’s and pipe locators, Service Today vehicles are also fitted with the latest in ‘High pressure water jetting’ equipment for drain cleaning. A high pressure water jetter will cut through just about anything in it’s way, including rubble, silt, tree roots and in some instances solid matter such as concrete and timber posts.

Confirmation

Once the blockage has been cleared and the pipe has been cleaned, our technicians will camera the line once again to make sure that the drain is completely clean, giving you peace of mind. We can even make a recording for you in the event that you need to provide proof to an insurance company or strata corporation.

Recommendation

Of course clearing blocked drain may not be enough to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Our technicians will be upfront and honest with you when suggesting the best options moving forward, whether it’s periodic drain cleaning, replacing sections of pipe or using advanced pipe relining technology. Technology has come a long way in the space of blocked drain investigation, detection, diagnosis and repair. When use by our highly experienced Service Today technicians, the odds are in your favour.

How to Clear a Blocked Drain – 8 Techniques

If you can reduce plumber visits, you can surely cut back on your expenses; so you should know the basics of unblocking a drain whenever the need arises and it isn’t as hard as some might think. By using some pretty easy and uncomplicated methods and tools, a large range of blocked drain problems can be solved. After having cleared the blocked drain once, you should work towards preventing or lowering the likelihood of it occurring again.

8 Techniques to Clear a Blocked Drain

  1. Attempt Using a Plunger
  2. Pour Hot Boiling Water into the Drain
  3. Use a Plumbers’ Snake (a.k.a. Toilet Jack or Electric Eel)
  4. Remove the Drain Cover and Take out the Block Using Hand
  5. Use a Hook
  6. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar (Natural Substitute to Chemicals)
  7. Use Chemicals
  8. Call a Professional Plumber

We’ll go into each of these procedures in detail underneath. We have taken into account the amount of involvement and expense required for each procedure. We’ll go over the simplest and inexpensive methods first, which will be continued by more complex and costly methods (The only omission to this sequence is probably the chemical alternative, which is fast, simple, and cost-effective, but can impose some harm to your pipes, particularly if used frequently).

In our experience, unblocking a drain often needs a mixture of more than one of these procedures.

  1. Attempt Using a Plunger
  2. Attempt Using a PlungerIf you are facing blocked kitchen drain related problems, then plunger can be helpful to solve the problem. First of all, take out the drain stopper. Get a wet sponge or rag and block up the overflow hole. Using the plunger, cover up the drain and ensure that water is coming up at least halfway up the rubber cup on the plunger. Now, without breaking the seal, push the plunger up and down. Push the plunger down until it reaches the drain and then sharply take out, but cautiously without breaking the suction. Repeat the same procedure couple of times. This method requires minimal expense and time and so it is worthy of a try.

  3. Pour Hot Boiling Water into the Drain
  4. Hot Boiling Water At times, this can break down the grease or soap that is holding the block together and clear the obstruction. In case, you’re having a serious blockage that has built up over time then this method alone may not work. Though, it may somewhat clear the obstruction and work fully when used in combination with other methods mentioned below.

  5. Use a Plumbers’ Snake (a.k.a. Toilet Jack or Electric Eel)
  6. If there is a clogged toilet drain, You need to push the snake into the drain until you get to the block then turn the snake’s handle and carry it back up. Continuously pour water to test the drain and confirm that the block is completely eliminated.

  7. Remove the Drain Cover and Take out the Block Using Hand
  8. Drain Cover It is recommended to wear rubber gloves for this method while performing the task. First, remove the cover of your drain. Look inside the drain carefully and find the block. If need be, use a flashlight. If the block is within easy reach, just pull it out with your fingers (remember you should be wearing the gloves when doing this task). In case, it is out of reach then jump to method number 5 below.

  9. Use a Hook
  10. In case, you aren’t able to reach the blockage using your hand then you can try fishing the block out with a piece of wire. You can invent a tool with a wire coat hanger by making a hook at the end of it.

  11. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar (Natural Substitute to Chemicals)
  12. Compared to using cleaning chemicals, this is a natural remedy. Take baking soda and pour a cup of it into the drain and just wait for a few minutes then pour a cup of vinegar as well. You’ll need to wait for a couple of hours to find out if the block gets melted then clean out the drain by pouring hot boiling water into the drain. Albeit this method is eco-friendly, thus, preferred and would not inflict harm to plastic pipes, yet you may finish up taking the assistance of chemicals.

  13. Use Chemicals
  14. Purposefully designed to clear the blocked drains, most of the supermarkets and hardware stores sell strong chemical cleaners. Act on to the instructions with good care. Do not take chemicals lightly because they can inflict harm to your drainage pipes, particularly, if you use this method often. Indeed, using chemicals is usually a simple and cost-effective method that gets you fast results; nonetheless, you can reduce their future use by preventing future blockages (read through the bottom of the page).

  15. Call a Professional Plumber
  16. You will have to call a professional plumber if you do not desire to begin by taking your drain aside and are uncomfortable on using chemicals or they do not work. Indeed, it is perhaps the last option if you’re looking to save on your expenses; however, it is also the option that will give you the slightest of trouble. If the stormwater drain blockage arises, call blocked drain plumber from Service Today for blocked stormwater drains and sewer drain cleaning services.

Symptoms of a Blocked Drain

Some of the most common symptoms of a blocked drain include the water will drain slowly; you will experience bad odours coming out of it and you will listen gurgling sound from it. Regrettably, drainage issues will normally just get worse over time once they have commenced. The simpler it is to resolve the faster you can deal with the problem.

How does a drain become blocked?

A blocked drain is normally caused due to several factors such as foreign objects (some people even dump food leftovers in their toilets), materials like jewellery parts or soap (that go unnoticed), leaves, plants, tree roots, hair, grease/fat and toiletries (i.e. baby wipes and nappies are also being flushed down the toilets nowadays). All of these factors contribute to a blocked drain situation.

Avoiding Future Blocks

Don’t forget to reduce the opportunities of your drain getting blocked again as prevention is always better than cure. In case, you haven’t got a drain protector, you should surely think of purchasing one so as to protect your drain from all unwanted objects including grease/fat, toiletries, plant/tree leaves, hair etc. from blocking the drain.

 

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