Is the water in your sink flowing painfully slowly leaving a slimy mess? Perhaps your tub seems as though it is not draining at all. If any drain in your home seems to be working slower than normal then you are dealing with a clogged drain. You need to deal with this as soon as you notice it before the drain becomes fully blocked. Remember that is not just your kitchen sink that can fall victim of this though it is the most commonly affected due to frequent use and exposure to many different materials that cause blockage. From the dish washing soap to soups, dirty water and so much more, they all go down this drain. Another commonly clogged drain is the shower and tub drains thanks to soap and hair building up and the bathroom sink when toothpaste and hair gets too much. Toilet, floor and downspout drains also commonly get clogged when debri accumulates in them. No matter what the reasons for the clogging are, plumbing clogged drains is a must. A clogged drain will not only slow the flow of water but also the pace at which you can carry out normal activities resulting in time wastage.
There are several simple remedies every home owner can try successfully eliminating the need to call for a qualified company. One of the simplest methods that work temporarily is pouring hot water down the drain. You could add in some salt to make it more effective. This is ideal for use when you notice the clogging at night and do not fancy going all the way with the plumbing in darkness. It even is a great preventive measure ideal for use in kitchen sinks every night to keep the drains from clogging.
Another method for plumbing clogged drains is preparing a home-made anti-clogging mixture using ingredients readily found in your kitchen. This should simply be an acid and base mixture that will react when mixed so as the reaction takes place, the clog is dislodged. Some of the commonest mixtures include salt, borax and vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda and lemon juice and baking soda. Dissolve the mixtures in water and let them sit for a while for the reaction to occur. Then pour this into the drain and cover and leave for about 30minutes. Fill the sink or tub with water and use a plunger to agitate the clogged material and force the clog to open. If you have a drain snake, use it to catch the clog and remove it. If you do not have it, twist a metal hanger and use to rake the clog out. Once the clog is out, flush the drain with hot water to clean it up. If you do not have the materials available, you can always call a Brisbane blocked drain specialist to do the job. It may cost a bit, but they will definitely fix the issue.
Yet another method is the manual removal of the clog. This will usually have formed in the P-trap which is the u-shaped piece beneath every drain hole. In order to access this, simply unscrew the nut holding it in place. Remember to wear protective clothing including gloves and gumboots as the job can get really messy. Place a bucket underneath the p-trap before unscrewing so all water gets into the buckets rather than on the floor to give you extra cleaning work. Once the p trap is off, use a drain snake to pull off the clog. Once cleared, return the trap and flush the drain with hot water.
If all else fails & you still have issues with blocked drains, we recommend No Leak Plumbing – Brisbane. They are a local plumbing company with great prices.