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How to unblock your drains the easy way

August 1, 2016 | Comment

Struggling with the issue of blocked drains at home? Looking for a way that you can tackle the problem without needing to call out a professional? If you are then we have put together some of the best (and easiest) ways to unblock your drains and have them functioning again.

Baking soda and vinegar

If you like the idea of using natural products to try and unblock your drain, then this particular tip might appeal to you. Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of vinegar and as soon as it starts fizzing pop it down the drain.

This fizzing action will remove all the debris, grime and grease that has built up over time in the pipe.

It will work better if you leave the mixture overnight before flushing through with hot water. If you can’t do that then make sure that you get as much dry soda down the drain as you can and then pour in the vinegar instead of mixing the two together.

Clear out with a coat hanger

This isn’t the most scientific method to use, but if you can see the gunk that has built up then a coat hanger may be able to help. Straighten out the coat hanger and bend over one end to create a hook.

This hook can then be used to try and fish out the debris from your drain, it is important to never push the things down into the drain further as this can worsen the blockage.

Washing liquid

Washing up liquid is not only a grease buster but it is a lubricant too. Best of all, it is often found close at hand. Pour some neat detergent down the drain that is blocked before pouring in boiling hot water.

If the blockage needs a bit of elbow grease, then why not grab a plunger and see if that can help to move all those things that have built up.

Caustic Soda

Now, this particular method isn’t for the faint hearted. Also known as Sodium Hydroxide, Caustic Soda can give you a nasty chemical burn. It requires rubber gloves and eye protection when being used.

In order to deal with your blockage 3 cups of caustic soda should be mixed with ¾ gallons of cold water and then properly stirred.

This should be poured into the drain and left for around 20-30 minutes before being flushed away.

Boiling water

Looking for the easiest of the easy ways to unblock your drains? It can’t get any easier than this. Simply pop a full kettle on to boil some water. Now pour it slowly into the drain in three stages, with a small pause between each stage. If you only have a small blockage, then this may be all you need to clear it!

If none of these tips work for you, or you find that you need the help of a professional, then why not get in touch with us? We have the expert knowledge to be able to quickly unblock your drain and ensure that you are full functioning once again!

 

 

 

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