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Blocked Drains: Why Hire a Professional to Do It

When your bath, shower, sink or toilet begins to drain slowly or not at all, it is almost sure that your drain is blocked. There are other signs or indicators of a blocked drain. You may hear or see your sink bubbling, or you start noticing puddles of water near your toilet or notice a foul odour from your shower.

These are all indications of blocked drains, and it can be a frustrating experience, especially if you don’t know what to do. Many people would resort to one DIY method to resolve the problem, but bringing in a professional to unblock the drains produces the best results.

Why DIY Methods Are Unsatisfactory

A minor blockage may clear with a plunger, but more severe obstructions will require more than that. One DIY method often used is to pick up drain cleaners from a local store or supermarket. There are two types of drain cleaners: chemical and biological cleaners.

Chemical cleaners may be more effective if the blockage is due to mineral deposits, but it is not advisable to use them if your system utilises a septic tank. They usually contain an acidic substance called sodium hydroxide, damaging your system. The use of natural solutions such as pouring hot water mixed with a few tablespoons of sodium carbonate down the drain may be less harmful, but this is usually less effective.

Obstruction caused by soap residue or hair can be removed by biological cleaners, which can dissolve build-ups in the drain with enzymes. These cleaners are generally gentler on the system, but their applications are pretty limited.

You can also use a DIY drain snake to unblock shower drains. A thin metal wire from an old coat hanger is turned into a drain snake by making a hook out of one end of the wire. The hook-end of the wire is let into the plughole and used to fish out blockages, especially those made of hair. This method has limited use.

The Professional Approach

Professional Plumber Unblocking Drain

The most effective solution for blocked drains is to call in professionals. They will attend your premises with state-of-the-art drain inspection technology. CCTV camera inspection of your drain will pinpoint the exact location of the blockage, and they will recommend the best course of action.

Professional plumbers can clear small drain obstructions with the aid of hand-held equipment. More serious obstructions often require the deployment of sewer jetters. These will be used to carry out a process called water jetting.

High-pressure jets of water are sent through the network of drain pipes in the system. The force of the water dislodges any scum or fat deposits within pipes and flushes them away without causing any damage to the system.

When you call in professionals, your work will be undertaken by highly trained personnel kitted in protective clothing carrying the latest equipment. You will also benefit from holding prior discussions with the team on details of the work to be undertaken, costs and expected outcomes, so there are no surprises when the job is completed.

Clearing Your Blocked Drains The Right Way

Hiring a professional is the way to go if you have any blocked drains on your premises. It is advisable to get in touch as soon as you observe any signs of blockage. This will ensure that a small drain obstruction does not turn into a challenging blockage.

If you have any questions after reading this blog or would like to speak to us about unblocking your drain in Perth, contact us anytime!


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