Drainage problems in the home are very common, but there are many plumbers who offer drain clearance to help deal with the issues that arise and many have information to help you on their website. When looking for a drainage expert who can assist with clearing your blocked drains, it is a good idea to find a plumber or drainage specialist who has been trained by the National Drainage Academy or something similar to ensure that they have adequate knowledge. Below, we will look at the types of drains, the problems that can occur and how they are dealt with. more can be found here too.
Plugs in sinks and baths
It is very common for plugholes to become clogged in the home because hair, dirt and debris can build up in the plughole and can block it, preventing water from draining down them. Generally, plugholes can easily be cleared out yourself. The top of the plughole is usually just held on with a simple screw. Use a screwdriver to take it off and you should be able to use a tools to remove any hair and debris that is clogging the drain. You can also try household sink and plug unblockers that dissolve hair and soap suds. Usually these have to be poured down the plughole, and leaving them for 2-3 hours to work will allow the plug to become unblocked.
Toilets can also get blocked up with waste. It is also common for toilets to become blocked up because homeowners may flush an item down them that should be placed in a waste bin instead. Of course, the best method of prevention is to avoid doing this in the first place. Sanitary items and anything that is not human waste or toilet paper should be put in the bin. But if you cannot avoid a blockage, the first thing to do is turn off the water to prevent flooding. Then try using a plunger to remove the blockage and clear the toilet. If you cannot unlock the toilet yourself, you will need to call in professional plumbers to deal with it for you. Most plumbers will be on call 24 hours a day as blockages can happen at anytime, but just check with them before you use them what their call out charges are, if they do charge call out fees at all. Many plumbers will these days not charge a call out fee.
Drains again can become blocked, and most often the cause is the homeowner putting substances down the drain that should be disposed of elsewhere. Of course, they can also become blocked because of leaves, dirt and debris from outside, which cannot be helped. It is always best in this instance to call out a plumbing company who have the right tools and knowledge to get a drain cleared quickly. Sometimes, you may need drain jetting (high powered water jets) in order to shift tough blockages and get your drains running as they should be again.