Everything You Need To Know About Blocked Drains
Blocked drains are often incredibly inconvenient, causing overflows of water and other matter. Damaging your flooring and property and preventing water from draining away. But what causes blocked drains, and how do you know if it blocked and how you can unblock your drains?
Drain Jetting Services have a number of different tools able to help unblock both commercial and domestic blocked drains to help make sure your drainage system is back to full working order.
Drains can become blocked for a range of different reasons. Within the home, toilets often get blocked very quickly when items are not flushed properly or items that shouldn’t be flushed are flushed.
Within the kitchen, drains can often become blocked because of the build-up of grease and fat. Pouring grease and fat down the sink when it is hot is not advisable as when it cools it hardens and creates a solid mass that blocks water from draining away. This has been known to create large ‘fat-bergs’ in underground sewers within cities.
In outdoor drains, the blockage is most commonly a result of a build-up of leaves and debris. However, tree roots can also cause issues they often grow into pipes and create obstructions. Tree roots can also break and collapse drains by growing around them.
Is My Drain Blocked?
Quite often, when a drain is blocked foul smell will be emitted. Generally, the bad smells are a sign of build-up within the drain and can occur before the drain becomes completely blocked.
When a drain is blocked within a home, the water will take a long time to drain in various appliances such as the shower, bath, toilet, and sinks. In some cases, the water may not drain away at all additionally you may experience issues such as the water in one appliance rising when another appliance is used. For example, water rising in the shower when the toilet is flushed.
Another sign that drains may be blocked is that there are sounds coming from your pipes and drains that you don’t normally hear such as gurgles.
Different Ways To Unblock A Drain
Once you’ve identified that your toilet, sink, bath, or shower drain is blocked it’s critical that you know how to unblock it? There are a number of different ways to unblock a drain. We’ve outlined some of the different tools and methods you can use. If you’re ever worried about your drainage system then please get in touch.
Plungers are a simple way to unblock your drains. The simple plungers create a seal over the toilet or sink drain and when you plunge it in and out a few times water will be forced in both directions which should loosen the blockage. Don’t forget to ensure the plunger is submerged before use to prevent air from being trapped within the pipe.
Compressed air plungers, for tougher blockages there are a number of more powerful plungers available. Some of these use compressed air in the form of a gun – then once pulled it is forced through the pipes to create a shockwave to dislodge the blockage.
Another form of drain unblocker is a handheld pump that emits powerful water to get down the pipe. This comes with adaptors for sinks, drains and toilets to ensure it has a complete seal around the opening.
If all the above still isn’t working it’s time to call the professionals. We’re able to help with any issues that you may have.