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Clearing A Blocked Drain

Clearing a blocked drain is probably one of the most common plumbing issues that come about. We’ve all been there – foul smells or water that just won’t drain. There are so many different reasons as to why your drain could be blocked. The problem may be minor or could be something trained technicians need to have a look at. We're your 24/7 emergency plumbing team.

Signs of a blocked drain

  1. A very slow draining sink, shower or bathtub

If you’re washing dishes or having a shower and you notice that the water takes a lot longer to drain than usual, this suggests that there is a blockage in your pipeline.

  1. Bad smells

If there are foul smells coming out of your drain, there’s a problem! This could be a cause of food that has gone through the sink and is now rotten and hasn’t broken down.

  1. Gurgling sounds

If a drain is struggling to drain, it’s common that the drain of the affected area will begin to make gurgling noises as the water tries to go down.

  1. Toilet water level

When you’re flushing the toilet, there are two signs of a blocked drain. The water level either rises much higher than usual or when flushed, it fills back a lot lower than usual. This indicates that there is an issue with the water flow.

How to clear a blocked drain

  1. The famous hanger trick

This trick is pretty effective for minor blocks in your drain. Grab a metal clothes hanger and straighten it out as best as possible. Bend the end of the hanger to create a little hook. Open up the drain cover and start fishing! This is a great trick when you have clumps of hair stuck in your shower drain. Ensure you’re pulling the item blocking the drain out, not pushing it further into the drain. Once you’ve taken out as much as you can, let hot water run through the drain to clear it up.

  1. Baking soda and vinegar

Grabbing items out of your pantry for this trick. We’re using the reaction between baking soda and vinegar to break anything down that’s blocked in your drain. First, you’ll need to run boiling water through the drain. Grab half a cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Once a few minutes has passed, pour a cup of vinegar in the drain followed by a cup of boiling water. Let this sit for about 10 minutes and then wash the drain by running more boiling water through the drain.

  1. Boiling water

The easiest one out of them all. Simply pouring a whole heap of boiling water slowly down the drain. This should be done in a few stages to allow the hot water to break down whatever is creating the blockage.

  1. Call Our Local Plumber

The best option out of them all! Sometimes a blocked drain is a hassle and won’t be fixed with the above at-home remedies. The team at Our Local Plumber are experts in blocked drains and will effectively find the problem area and ensuring it’s 100% cleared and ready to go. A bigger problem may mean that we need to grab a drain camera and detect exactly where the issue is arising from.  Our team have an abundance of experience and offer a 100% lifetime labour guarantee. Give our team a call today on 03 9909 5307 for all your blocked drain needs.


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