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Clear a Blocked Drain Like a Boss!

Published on: 08 September 2015

Clear a Blocked Drain like a Boss!

Blocked drain? No need to panic! With a few inexpensive tools and a bit of practice you can clear up most clogged drains in less than an hour...

Simple home remedies to clear a blocked drain

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar into the drain.
  • After a few minutes, flush with boiling water.
  • Baking soda and vinegar breaks down fat residue and freshens your drain of unpleasant odours.  Using this simple remedy frequently will also assist in preventing your drains becoming blocked by everyday waste.

The kitchen sink

A plunger is a good option for clearing a blocked drain.

  • Place the plunger over the drain and ensure the rubber ring on the bottom of the plunger has made an airtight seal.
  • Push down gently and release quickly to begin the suction.
  • Repeat for about 20 seconds, or until you break the clog free.
  • If using a plunger doesn't prove successful, then the pipe below the sink could be blocked.

If you have a double sink:

  • Place the plunger over one drain and fill the sink with a few inches of water, make sure the plunger seals around the drain.
  • Firmly hold a wet cloth over the other drain opening to block it before you start plunging.
  • Roll the head of the plunger into the water so you force water, not air, into the drain.
  • Start pumping forcefully.
  • On your final plunge, pull the plunger from the drain to create extra pressure.
  • If the water doesn't swirl straight down the drain, continue plunging for several minutes.

Avoiding blocked kitchen drains

Don't overload your drain with foods high in starch (such as pasta, potatoes and rice), and avoid flushing grease and coffee grounds down the drain because they solidify once settled and cooled.

In the bathroom

Is water gurgling up into your bath from the drain when the shower is being used? Your waste pipe is probably clogged with hair and soap residue.

  • Use a wire coat hanger, or a stiff piece of wire, make a hook at the end and lower it into the drain.
  • Try to fish out the debris that is clogging the drain.

Unblocking a clogged toilet

A large plunger is usually recommended for toilets that are not flushing away waste properly.

  • Place the plunger over the outlet at the bottom of the toilet pan and plunge for a few seconds.
  • When the blockage is cleared, flush the toilet with a bucket of water.

Contact your insurer for assistance with your household emergencies.