Do You Have Blocked Drains in Bournemouth and Don’t Know What to Do?

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Do You Have Blocked Drains in Bournemouth? Many of us have experienced the inconvenience and mess that a drain blockage can cause. It doesn’t seem to matter how careful you try to be, at some time or other hair will clog the shower drain; fat, grease, or coffee grounds will block the kitchen sink; and someone will flush wet wipes or nappy liners down the toilet rather than putting them in the bin. It’s Murphy’s Law but a blocked drain always seems to occur when you’re about to leave for work or guests are coming to stay. That’s when you need a drain unblocker fast.

Now before you pick up the phone and call the first plumber you find, there are a few tips you can follow to sort out the problem quickly yourself.

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Five Easy-To-Follow Drain Unblocker Tips 

Tip 1: Try removing the blockage by hand

Large debris such as vegetable peelings, tea bags, or plastic wrap, can often be seen blocking the drain at the entrance. When this is the case, you can try to remove the debris using your hands, or a hook made from a bent wire coat hanger. Providing there is no debris further down the pipework, you can run the taps and check the water flow has been restored. Flushing hot water through the system will help to further clear the pipes and remove any small obstruction that could lead to a drain blockage in the future. After you are satisfied the water is running smoothly, it’s worthwhile getting a drain filter that will catch large debris and prevent it from being flushed down the sink.

Tip 2: Flush the drain with boiling water

Boiling water is effective in clearing away soap scum, mud, and, if used alongside detergent, a small amount of grease or oil, and it is good practice to make a habit of flushing your drainage system with boiling water once a month to help prevent blockages from occurring. But you do need to take care and understand your drainage pipework as not all materials will withstand boiling water being used. If your pipework is made of PVC, the heat can cause the joints to expand and loosen which means that not only do you need drains clearance, but your loosened pipework will leak and need repair. Also, porcelain sink bowls may crack with extreme heat so you must take care to pour the water directly into the drain by using a jug or funnel to help you target the water correctly.

Tip 3: Use a sink plunger

If we were to recommend a single DIY tool for your home, then the sink plunger would be it. A simple low-tech drain unblocker works by creating a vacuum that helps dislodge the drain blockage through upward pressure. The effectiveness of the plunger depends on you creating a tight seal around the edges of the suction pad and smearing a little petroleum jelly around the edge of the cup will give a better seal. It’s important to cover the drain completely with the suction cup and use a fast pumping action for 30 seconds before checking if the blockage has cleared. You may need to repeat the action a couple of more times to be sure you have removed all the debris. Once you are satisfying the drain blockage has gone, flush the system with water to check it flows properly.

Tip 4: Mix baking soda with vinegar

This is an old-fashioned, but very effective, remedy to clear blocked drains. You can find all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard, so it’s a solution readily available at any time. Mixing together baking soda with an acid such as vinegar creates a chemical reaction that will dislodge grime, grease, and other small debris, allowing you to flush them away. Using this method is simple: simply pour baking soda directly into the drain. Wait for a little while to allow it to absorb the grime. Then pour into the drain an equal amount of vinegar. The mixture will begin to fizz and after about 20 minutes, you can pour hot water into the drain to flush away the solution and any debris with it. If the blockage is stubborn, you can repeat the process.

Tip 5: Use a chemical drain unblocker

DIY centres and most supermarkets sell a range of drain unblockers. Some are multi-purpose, others target specific areas such as bathrooms and toilets, or focus on removing grease, soap scum, or hair, for example. Extra care should take when using chemical drain unblockers as they contain harsh chemicals that can burn your skin or cause an allergic reaction. As with any drains clearance project, it’s sensible to wear protective gloves and goggles and avoid spilling any of the liquid or gel on your clothing.

What If The Blocked Drain Just Won’t Budge?

As with any DIY project, there is always a risk of making the situation worse. Especially if you don’t have the experience or the tools to approach the job properly. If you get it wrong, you may cause a flood, damage pipework, or force the blockage down the drain and out of reach, and then no matter how hard you try, the drain blockage just won’t budge. Before you get to that point, why not call in the professionals?

Pro Drainage in Bournemouth is part of a national network of drainage professionals who know exactly how to find the problem and resolve it quickly with no mess and guaranteed service that is second to none.

Pro Drainage offers:

  • State-of-the-art equipment to resolve the problem quickly and efficiently.
  • Fast response.
  • Free call-out and quotation.
  • Fully qualified Safe-Contractor-Approved workers.
  • Friendly customer service.
  • 24-hour a day service 365 days of the year.
  • Guarantee workmanship.
  • Budget-friendly pricing.

It’s easy to get in touch with Pro Drainage through Live Chat on the website or by calling our Emergency Helpline on tel:0800 611 8277. We are always happy to take your call any time of day or night.

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