Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Best Ways To Unblock Your Drains

Blocked drains can always be a dilemma and can leave the whole place in a mess if nothing is done. Dealing with the blockade can tend to be a hassle especially if you have no ideas about how to unblock them. However, in this article, we give you the best ways to unblock your drains and the guide is a step by step process that will help you to unblock your drain.

Before you even start, it is very important to wear protective gear and have all the necessary tools like drain rods at hand. These can be purchased at any DIY store in your locality. Having put on your armor and equipped yourself with the necessary tools, you can now get to the actual work by following the simple steps below.
1. Remove the cover or lid of the drain. The first step is to remove the cover of the drain. In some cases, the cover may have rusted and you may face difficulties trying to remove it. The solution in this case is to scrap off the rust from the cover using a screw driver and then try again to remove it. For covers that come with a handle, the task is even simpler as all you have to do is pull off the cover using the handle. Check if the chamber contains water. If this is not the case, then the blockage is somewhere in the pipes leading from the house to the chamber. If there is water in the chamber, then the problem lies ahead so move to the next chamber. Continue with this process until you discover the problem area.
2. Insert the drain rods into the pipe. After identifying the origin of the problem, screw together 2 or 3 drain rods and the plunger head and insert the end into the open end of the pipe, towards the blockage. Slowly rotate the rods clockwise pushing them further in the process. Avoid rotating them anti clockwise as this will result into the rod connectors unscrewing and separating in the middle of the pipe which will again add you another task of pulling out the parts.
3. Keep adding extra rods until you feel resistance. You need to keep adding more rods until you feel the rod touching the source of the blockage. When you finally reach the source of the blockage, you need to keep moving the plunger back and forth until the obstruction is finally dislodged. If this procedure is not successful, you can undo with the rods and replace them with the screw attachment. Twist and push the rods until you feel water flowing through the pipe. Also make it a point to remove any loosened debris that finds its way into the chamber.
4. Flush the drain with water. After successfully dislodging the blockage, you can now run water through the drainage to remove any leftover debris or parts of what was blocking the drain.
With the above steps, unblocking your drains should no longer be an issue of concern to you. However, if the above steps do not solve the problem, then it would be advisable to seek the services of a professional.

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