How to clear and unblock a drain?

13 Oct How to clear and unblock a drain?

Tap N Go Plumbing Northern Beaches understands that blocked drains are the most common plumbing problem that customers enquire about every day. They can come about when you least expect it so it is good to be prepared to deal with all kinds of blocked drains. If you leave blockages unattended, leakage can occur from drains and this can cause damage to your home or business. When there is a sever blocked drain this can lead to burst pipes, which can then make the job more costly with more time taken to properly repair the drains.

There are a number of plumbing techniques available to combat blocked drains:

Boiling Water

For smaller blockages that are usually caused by food build-up or grease and oils, you can pour a pot of boiling water in to the drain to encourage the blockage to loosen. This should only be used on metal or ceramic pipes due to loosening of joints on PVC pipes. If you are unsure it is best to call Tap N Go  Plumbing on the Northern Beaches check as often the problem can return or may become worse particularly when you need a professional to detect whether it is a severe blockage.

Using a plunger in a sink

Plungers can clear blocked drains and toilets. Make sure to cover any overflow nozzles so that when you begin to plunge there is a strong seal. The pressure of the plunger when applied can loosen blockages and build-up. This may help as a temporary solution but if it occurs again it is important to call a professional particularly if the blockage can be caused by deposits, materials and grease build-up.

Plumber using an electric eel

Tap N Go Plumbing Northern Beaches are equip with a number of heavy duty, medium and light weight electric eel tools that are suitable for sever blockages. The coil at the end of the eel spins rapidly to break down the blockage until it has been cleared. It is important to hire a licensed plumber to do the job for you.

Sewer and Drain Jetter

A sewer and drain jetter forces a high pressure stream of water through your popes that can force the blockage and push it through the pipes so that the water can continue to flow correctly. This method is often more saver though not as effective if there is a solid blockage built-up. It is best to leave this task to a licensed plumber who will have the experience necessary to complete the job properly so that the blockage is completely removed.

Excavation of pipes

In extreme cases where pipes are not able to clear, they may need to be fully excavated by a plumber. Plumbing Northern Beaches Tap N Go can identify the exact location of the blockage so that only certain pipes need to be excavated. Plumbers can dig around the pipe, repair the blockage or often replace the pipe. Your property will be restored to its original condition however the job may take a number of days as it is quite complicated. It is best to hire a professional plumber who can give you advice on what needs repairing.