Top five tips for cleaning drains without damaging them
Clogged and blocked drains can be a real nightmare and a source of immense frustration.
When water simply won’t go away, bad smells permeate through the house and you’re elbow deep in dirty water with a plunger, it can be easy to get carried away and cause some damage. But that only makes the problem worse.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of five top tips for cleaning and unblocking drains without causing any damage. Although, before we start, we should say that if your drains are blocked, it could be the symptom of a wider problem and we always recommend that you get them seen to by one of our specialists.
We would also say that some tools and cleaning products can make the situation worse if you don’t know what you are doing. So, if you’re unsure, call in the drain cleaning Suffolk experts here at R&MPS on 0800 999 8922.
Good old-fashioned hot (and we mean hot) water can do the trick. Flush the drains with water from the hot tap or use the kettle for an extra kick. Sometimes hot water sitting on the blockage for around 15 minutes or more can break it down and loosen it. This is always your first option as water can cause little excess damage to drains.
The plunger. Much used in slapstick comedy routines but also a very useful and effective tool, it’s worth buying a good quality plunger from a respected hardware store as sometimes the cheap options do not make a good seal.
DIY drain cleaners
Search the net and you’ll come across plenty of recipes for homemade drain cleaners. Some are more effective than others, but using natural products rather than a lot of nasty chemicals is better for you and your drains. Common products used in DIY drain cleaners include baking soda, salt and cream of tartar, but there are plenty of others.
Commonly used by plumbers, this handy tool is available at most good hardware stores. It’s a relatively simple idea but requires good technique to be effective and avoid causing any damage.
Remove the pipe
Not one to be tried in a hurry and if you’re unsure about how to reattach pipes then perhaps this is best avoided.
However, many PVC plumbing pipes are push fit or use similarly easy attachments and allow you to disconnect and clean them with very few problems.
If you have a minor blockage above ground, then any of the above is a good method of cleaning. However, if your main drains or sewers are blocked then you will need some more heavy duty help from the professionals.
Of course, as always, prevention is better than cure, so get a professional in to clean your drains or conduct a CCTV drain survey on a regular basis and you could avoid serious problems in the future.