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How Do You Unblock A Drain?

Blocked drains can present problems in many different areas. Each blocked drain might require a different method of clearing and unblocking, more severe blockages may involve multiple drain clearance techniques. It might be worth starting by lifting your drain inspection cover to see if the problem is obvious and easy to remove.

How To Unblock A Blocked Drain

Before you begin, make sure you have a set of drain rods, which can be hired or purchased at most DIY stores. Once you've put on your protective clothing, follow the steps below:

Remove The Drain Inspection Cover

Firstly lift the inspection cover on the drain. If the cover is rusted shut, use a screwdriver to scrape away the rust and then prise the cover off. If your drain cover has a handle, tie some string or wire to it, then pull the cover open.

Clear The Obstruction

Use a rod with a plunger attachment to dislodge the drain blockage - this may take several minutes of twisting and turning. Alternatively, try using a standard kitchen mop handle (although this is unlikely to be as flexible as a purpose-made drain rod).

Flush With Water

Once you've dislodged the drain blockage, flush the drain thoroughly with water to remove any remaining debris.

Preventing Future Drain Blockages

Unblocking a drain can be a difficult process which is best avoided. So here are a few tips for preventing future drain blockages:

Monitor Your Drains

By checking your drains regularly, you should be able to catch the start of any minor drain blockages before they get worse.

Dispose of Waste Correctly

Remember to dispose of rubbish in the correct manner. Never flush away items such as face wipes, nappies or cotton wool, as these are likely to block your drains.

Keep Your Drains Clear of Plants

If possible, try to keep drains clear of flowers and plants. If your garden is particularly leafy, try fitting drain guards to help prevent plant matter from falling in and causing drain blockages.

Rinse Before Loading Your Dishwasher

Always rinse plates and cutlery before loading your dishwasher. Any excess food will end up in your drains and could build up to cause a drain blockage.

Still Got Blocked Drain Problems?

At Unblock we specialise in unblocking blocked drains and our experts not only carry all of the necessary drain unblocking equipment to unblock your drains as quickly as possible but they also have years of experience behind them and really have 'seen it all before' so nothing will cause them a problem due to lack of knowledge.

Call Unblock on 020 8798 0202 to have one of our drain unblocking engineers unblock your blocked drain today.