Blocked drains are among the most frequent drainage problems that residents of Potts Point encounter. Blocked drains can lead to water leakages and general damage to households. Blocked drains can also lead to burst pipes. The following are some of the causes of blocked drains:
Natural debris – this mainly occurs after heavy rains or storms. The drains get overloaded with the rainwater, leaves and even soil. This causes blockage in the pipes which leads to blocked drains. Cleaning the gutters regularly and tidying up the garden can help prevent this.
Toiletries – these include tissues and products for personal care such as sanitary pads and makeup wipes. When these products get lodged in the pipes, they usually lead to blockages. It is advisable to dispose of these items in a dustbin instead of flushing them down a toilet.
Soap – surprisingly, soaps can lead to blocked drains. Most of the soap bars we use in homes are made up of grease and fat. These fats can combine with minerals in the water and leave behind a hard residue that stains bathrooms and lead to clogging of pipes. This causes blocked drains.
Hair – is another main cause of blocked drains. When hair binds with grease or any other sticky substance it forms clogs. Drains that don’t have guards that can the hair get blocked very easily.
Cooking oil – the cooking oil or fats such as those obtained from bacon and other fatty foods usually form a sticky substance once they cool. When they cool inside the pipes, they tend to block water passage since they have hardened. In the long run, they block the pipe entirely.
The following are some of the options you can employ to unblock your drain by yourself;
Hot water – this is the easiest way to unblock your blocked drain. Pouring hot water into your drain can help loosen and dissolve the blockage. It is a very effective method for unblocking drains that have been clogged by grease or build-up of food wastes.
Plunger – a plunger tends to force the block down the pipes. The force from the push of the plunger force air down the pipe which clears the clog. You need to cover the overflow with a cloth to make sure that air is forced through the blocked drain.
Caustic cleaner – caustic chemicals are very effective in unblocking drains. These chemicals dissolve the grease, food remains or hair from the drains. After dissolving the wastes, you can flush them down the drain to unblock it.
U-turn method – most kitchen blockages occur at the U-bend of your sink. By unscrewing the connections in the U-bend you can easily unblock the pipe and clean it. You also have to put a bucket beneath the sink to catch the waste.
This is a method of replacing pipelines without incurring extra costs in digging up and replacing the current pipes. Instead, the pipes are cured of the inside by the use of a special resin that performs curing to form other strong pipes.
A blocked drain can be your worst nightmare. Fortunately, the plumbers at Sharpline Drain Clearing & Plumbing Solutions are experts at fixing blocked drains. Our plumbers are fully licensed and insured so you have nothing to worry about. Best of all, our plumbers have excellent experience when it comes to fixing your blocked sewer. We are your local blocked drain plumbers ready to help you out.
Pipe relining is an excellent option if you are looking to save money. There is no need to dig new trenches with pipe relining. Pipe relining technology is an excellent alternative to pipe replacement. There are many advantages to pipe relining. For more information, please talk to one of our expert plumbers who will gladly help you.
Contact us today to have a licensed plumber services your blocked drain or do pipe relining for you. We can be reached around the clock on 1300 993 212.
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