Actually, all of us know the warning signs. The sink takes a little longer to drain. You begin to notice water pooling around your feet in the shower. And then when you begin to smell the odors, the strange, unpleasant odors. They’re all signs that you may soon be facing a clogged drain. And then one day, boom. Your drain is blocked completely. It’s something you need to deal with quickly, or face the wrath of a burst pipe or a useless bathroom. So you remove the excess hair and gunk that has built up at the surface of the drain. And nothing happens.
You might not know that it is simple enough yet surprisingly effective method to deal with this issue. You can take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it out as best as you can. And then, bend one end over to create a small hook. Push that past the drain cover and start fishing. You should be able to get all sorts of hair and nasty stuff out of the drain. Remember, you always want to be pulling gunk out, not pushing it further. When you’ve got as much out as you can, run the hot water, and it should clear things up nicely.
If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.
Next, once of the oldest tricks in the book, boiling water. This is self-explanatory but we will explain it anyway, just to be clear. Boil the kettle with as much water as it will hold. Then pour it slowly down the drain in a couple of stages, waiting a couple of seconds between each pour. The boiling water will travel through the pipes, dissolving any obstructions in its way. Generally, this is the fastest and easiest way to unblock a drain and you can do it all with household items you already own!
There are many products that are designed exactly for this task. When poured directly into the blocked drain, these chemical drain cleaners work to dissolve the grease and build-up that cause the blockage. They contain special ingredients designed to eliminate the nasty germs that cause the odors from a blocked drain. After the drain cleaner has done its job, any residual water in the sink should drain away smoothly, and the stagnant odor will be gone.
It’s important to always follow the instructions when using heavy duty cleaning products – not only from a health and safety point of view – but also because different types of blocked drains require different solutions. A standing water blockage in a kitchen sink, for example, should be handled differently to a blocked bath from which water can still drain slowly.
If you still encounter the situation where your drain is still blocked and you have tried everything you can with no success, it is necessary for you to call northern plumbing and get them to come in and sort the problem for you. Let their professionals unblock your drain safely and effectively so that you can get on with your life without any the extra stress.