Cleaning and Clearing blocked Drains

Blocked drains can sometimes cause a nuisance in the house and the general surrounding as dirty and used water hardly gets its way out. It’s sometimes a great hassle, especially when you are not sure of what to do.


The first step is always to establish the area of blockage. When notice water from your bath or toilet not draining away properly, then the drainage is most probably blocked. This calls upon you to firstly, stop using the drain as it will only worsen the problem and make it difficult to solve and secondly, ensure your safety by wearing some protective clothing including gloves, overalls and goggles before you can tackle the blockage.


You are now ready to unblock the drainage. The following steps will guide you through the process:


1. Remove the cover carefully on the drain. Depending on its state, you may use a screwdriver to scrape the rust away from the cover and remove it out


2. Clear the obstruction to set the drain free using a purpose-made drain rod that has a plunger attachment to dislodge the drainage.


3. Once the drain has been cleared, you should flush it thoroughly with water to wash away any remaining debris.


Completing the above steps sets your drain functional again, and the task is now up to you to prevent future blockages so that you do not engage in this vigorous process every now and then. Blocked drain cleaning and clearing can be a tedious process, especially when it occurs quite often. Regularly check on the drains, proper disposal of wastes are some of the basic maintenance tips to prevent future blockages. Such items as nappies, cotton wool and face wipes are especially effective in blocking your drains and you should always ensure that they are disposed elsewhere.


More importantly, always growing plants and flowers away from the drains, always rinse utensils and cutlery as excess food may end up blocking the drains.