Unfortunately, most of us have experienced being in the shower with the water level rising rapidly. Yuck! A plugged drain pipe creating blocked drains. Imagine you are brushing your teeth and you notice that the sink is already half filled with water, Yuck!. Clearing blocked drains is something everyone wants to avoid because it’s such a messy task and the defective drainage is unhygienic (you know what is in the drains..). Yet many residential bathrooms or kitchens will suffer from a stopped drain incident at one particular point or another. Every householder must know how to fight that monster of a obstructed drain.
First, let’s look at why drainage become choked and what are the main causes of blocked drains.
Choked drainage can occur when some material such as hair, dust and particles become trapped in the area between your bathroom drainpipe and the drainage pipes that follow underneath. The problem aggravates when bathroom products like soap, shampoo, conditioner, detergent, and the like begin to accumulate on the mass. Eventually this will become more and more dense and this is what prevents your water running uninhibited through your blocked drains pipe. If your sink or tub fills up fast with water while it should have drained out quickly, you could be in for a serious case of plugged pipes.
How to remove the drain blockage and relieve the blocked drains.
If you happen to have a blocked sink or bathtub, there are some steps you can take to clear up the passage ways and create a normal flow once again. Of course, in either the sink or the bath, the first thing you should do is remove the plug. Look beneath the sink, you may have to remove a nut that secures the stopper or in some cases you can just directly pull out the plug by the u-bend. For a bath you may be able to simply take out the plug, otherwise you might have to take off the overflow plate in order to get at the assembly.
You may be able to see the blockage in the blocked drains clearly after the plug has been taken out. You are most likely to see bunch of hair and other debris entangled in a clog inside the blocked drains. Try to pull it out, as much as you can. Use a wire from a clothes hangar or some other apparatus if you have difficulties reaching the blockage or grabbing the build up so that you can pull it out. Clearing out the hair, soap scum and particles could very well take care of the problem for you.
If the blockage cannot be pulled out with the help of the hanger, then you should use other clog-clearing methods. A drain plunger can help you get rid of clogs that are too deep down to reach by inserting your hand. To begin with, you should plug the overflow drain to make sure that the plunger has optimum suction. Now put the plunger over the drain and move it up and down continuously at an even pace. When you finally release the plunger, any trapped water should immediately be drained.
If the plunger method fails to properly unclog your blocked drains pipe, you may have to resort to using a chemical drainpipe cleaner. This method should only be used as a last resort with blocked drains because the chemicals used are dangerous and can be harmful to your bathroom fixtures.
Get skilled help if this is necessary, call in a drainage contractor.
If all the steps outlined above fail to clear the blocked drain pipe, then it is best to call in a crack team – a qualified and experienced plumber or drainage contractor from your area. A professional plumber should quickly solve your blocked drains problem with his special tools and equipment. Calling in a plumber does cost money, but you can then rest assured that your blocked drains are completely cleared and will not hassle you in the near future, a good plumber will also clean up any mess created as a bonus.