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What do I do if I want to unblock my drain myself?

What do I do if I want to unblock my drain myself?

When your drains become blocked it can be hugely inconvenient and a very stressful time. The most important thing to do is to act quickly before the blockage can grow in size and severity. We highly recommend calling a professional drain engineer to come and take care of the problem for you, although there are ways you can deal with a blockage provided that it is relatively small.

Baking soda is a handy tool that you are guaranteed to have in your kitchen without knowing how useful it can be for unblocking drains. Kitchen drains often become blocked when food waste is incorrectly washed down them. Food substances that are oily, greasy or fatty stick to the walls of the pipes and cause an obstruction easily, and if these substances are regularly washed down the sink then over time the obstruction will increase in size and can cause a great deal of pressure within the pipes. This can lead to serious problems such as a collapsed drain or a burst pipe which is why it is important to take care of your drains and properly dispose of all waste in the bin.

To unblock a sink with baking soda you must first pour a pot of boiling water down the sink. Follow this up with a cup of baking soda and a cup of hot vinegar mixed with water. If you have a cap for the sink plughole, place the cap over the mixture to contain the reaction and make sure it is concentrated only on the blockage.

how to unblock a toilet yourselfThe chemical reaction between the soda and the vinegar will loosen and dislodge any debris that has been building up on the walls of the drain. Wash this away with another pot of hot water to thoroughly clear the drain. This method can be used as a preventative step also if you want to catch any small blockages that may have started forming before they can severely affect the pipes. It can also be used as a preventative method if you are going away for a short amount of time. The last thing you want when you come home from a holiday is to return to a blocked drain, so once you have poured the soda and vinegar down the drain, leave the mixture to do its work while you are away and upon your return home wash the remnants away with hot water. It is important that this is only done if you are away for a few days as the mixture can damage the drain when left too long.

Toilets can become easily blocked if items such as nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are flushed away instead of being thrown in the bin. The materials in these items do not break down quickly enough to be flushed away smoothly with the water, and they can very easily cause your drains to become backed up.

If you suspect that you have a blocked toilet, which you may have noticed because the water level in the bowl rises with each flush, you can use a plunger to move the obstruction. Make sure that the plunger is fitted to the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl to create the right amount of pressure with which to move the blockage. Gently push and pull the plunger until you know that whatever was blocking the toilet has been loosened.

If you are able to remove it from the bowl with your hands, do so while wearing rubber gloves. You can test how well the blockage has been cleared by placing a single sheet of toilet paper in the water and flushing the toilet, while observing how well the toilet paper flushes. If you do not have a plunger, you may find a wire coat hanger to be very useful. Straighten the wire out until it is one long wire, and carefully insert the wire into the toilet bowl so that it bends around the pipe leading to the chamber. Gently wiggle the wire around if you come across the blockage until you feel it move away from the pipe. It is important to do this step carefully to avoid damaging the drain.

Will unblocking my drains damage them?

Will unblocking my drains damage them?

If you’ve got a problem with your drains and you need to call a drain engineer you may be concerned about damaging your drains in the process of unblocking them. A blocked drain can cause a large amount of stress and inconvenience, and so it may seem like the easier option to try and unblock the drain yourself, but this is more likely to create additional unwanted problems if you don’t fully understand the nature and location of the blockage. To avoid causing more damage to your drains, we highly recommend calling a professional drain engineer.

A professional drain engineer will use drain clearing methods to thoroughly clear any blockage without causing any damage to your drainage systems or to your property. Using the latest technology and software, all procedures are carried out with the utmost precision and care, so you can rest assured that your drains will be taken care of to the highest of standards. All methods used by drain engineers have been carefully adapted over time to ensure that you will be provided with the best service.

Will unblocking my drain damage themOne of the most popular methods of clearing a blockage is high pressure water jetting. This method involves running water through a high pressure hose with a jetting nozzle down the drains. The high pressure of the hose means that the force of the water is far stronger and more powerful, meaning it can dislodge almost any blockage no matter how big it is, and no matter what the cause of the blockage. Whether it’s grease, oil, or fatty substances, or even foreign objects such as nappies and baby wipes. The simplicity of using high pressure water jetting means it will not cause any damage to your drains, so you can rest easy knowing that your drainage systems are in the best condition.

One of the most common causes of blockages is the incorrect disposal of waste. Kitchen sinks are particularly common places where waste is flushed down the drains when it should be thrown away from the bins. Food substances that are greasy, oily or fatty, and even foods such as coffee granules, stick to the walls of the drains much easier than other substances and so are far more likely to cause a blockage in your kitchen drains.

If you are continually flushing food waste down your drains without clearing it, then the likelihood is that the blockage has been slowly building up and increasing in size. To avoid causing the blockage in the first place, make sure to properly dispose of all waste in the bin rather than flushing it down the sinks.

Toilets are also common places for incorrect disposal of waste. Nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are often flushed down the toilet without a second thought about how damaging they can be to your drains. This waste does not break down quickly enough to be flushed away with the water and so they can very easily cause a buildup of waste.

It is also very easy to flush far too much toilet paper down the drain and this can get too much for the drain so it can cause a blockage that becomes difficult to clear. Make sure to avoid disposing of these items down the toilet so as not to create a blockage, as a blocked drain can be a huge source of stress and inconvenience.

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What is the difference between a private and a public drain?

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Public and private drains differThe main way to establish whether the blockage is on your property or not is to consult with your neighbours and see if they are experiencing the same issues with their drains as you are. If they are, then it is likely that the blockage is somewhere in the public systems, but if they are not then you most likely have a blockage in your property’s drainage system.

If you live on a site that has a number of properties, it is very likely that you have a private sewer. For example, if you live in a block of flats, or a caravan site, there is a greater chance that you have a private sewer or lateral drain. In the case of a blockage in a private sewer, you are responsible for the cost of maintenance and repair. If the sewer serves multiple properties, all property owners are simultaneously responsible for the costs.

If you are unsure whether you have a public or a private sewer, there are a few things you can do to find out. You could consult your sewerage company, or check the deeds of the property. You could also check a sewerage map, which your sewerage company must make available to you on request. If you are still unable to determine whether your property is connected to a public or private sewer, you can speak with your local authority.

It is important to be aware of your drainage systems, in case you are faced with a blockage. No blockage will go away on its own, so it is important to act quickly and find out who is responsible for fixing the problem. Knowing as much as you can about your drains will speed up the process, and you can get the drain repaired in no time at all. Just call blocked drain Birmingham today.

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What is the difference between a private and a public drain?

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Private storm water drainDrain and sewage systems are very intricate and we often forget that they’re there, taking it for granted when water just flows out of the tap whenever we need it. Not us though; at blocked drain Birmingham, we see enough drainage problems to never take them for granted. But underneath the roads there is a delicate system of pipes that bring water to your properties, and these systems are much simpler than you’d think.

It is important to know what kind of drainage system you have, in the event that one of the pipes becomes blocked. There are three main kinds of systems you need to know about: drains, lateral drains, and sewers.

Drains are pipes that carry water and waste away from your home, but are still within the confines of the property. Lateral drains are the next step from drains, carrying wastewater away from your property outside of the property boundary. You can often find lateral drains underneath public roads and pavements. Sewers collect the water that has been passed through the drains and lateral drains. Most sewage systems are owned publicly, although there are still some privately owned sewers.

The reason why it is important to know about these systems is because if you experience a blocked pipe, you will need to know where the blockage is in order to establish whose responsibility it is to take care of it. If the blockage is in a drain on your property, it is your job to get it sorted out. However, if the blockage is in a drain that is publicly owned, it is a task for the local water board to deal with.