Blocked Drain Insights For The Unlucky Few

You might notice the clogged drains when you are in the shower and suddenly the water level starts rising up. How disgusting! The drain is clogged. Imagine you are brushing your teeth, and you notice that the sink is already half-filled with water. Dealing with congested drainage is altogether an unpleasant experience because it is complicated and unsanitary. However, it is something that most people will have to deal with every once in a while. The best course of action for you is to be prepared to deal with it by learning how to unblock your bathroom drains.

The Underlying Cause Of Blocked Drains


Blocked drains in London, or anywhere else for that matter, can get clogged when dust, hair and other particles get entrapped between the pipes inside the bathroom drainpipe. The problem gets worse when the particle build-up is cemented together by the residues of detergents and cleansing cosmetic items. Eventually, this will become denser and this is what prevents your water from flowing uninhibited through your drain pipe. So, if you are finding the water isn’t running freely through your drain pipe and water is rising quickly in your bath or sink, chances are that you have a blockage in your plumbing system.

Clear Up Your Drains Fast

Here are a few things that you can do to clear your choked bathroom drain pipe and get the water running. Whether you are working with a sink or a bath, the first step to take is to remove the stopper. In the case of a bathroom sink, the plug can be removed easily with a simple pull, or it might need the complex effort of unlocking the hook keeping it in place from under the sink. For a bath you may be able to simply take out the plug, otherwise, you might have to take off the overflow plate in order to get to the assembly.

The accumulated matter clogging up your drain may be clearly visible when you have taken off the plug. Chances are you’ll see a clump of hair mixed with other materials just below the drain, so reach down into the pipe and pull out as much as possible. You may find it difficult to get at the blockage, in which case you could use something like a wire hanger to fish the material out. Your drain pipe is likely to get unclogged if you remove the soap scum, hair and other particles from it that you can see.

If the blockage cannot be pulled out with the help of the hanger, then you should use other blockage-clearing methods. A very useful tool is a drain plunger which can eradicate those blockages that are too deep to reach. To use the plunger the overflow drain pipe should be covered first with the help of a wet cloth, this will make the suction stronger and make it harder for air to enter the pipes. Now position the plunger exactly over and around the drainpipe hole and push it rapidly up and down with short quick movements. You may find that this suction-push action of the plunger loosens the stopped debris down the pipe and the collected water now drains freely.

If the plunger method fails to properly unblock your drainpipe, you may have to resort to using a chemical drainpipe cleaner. However, this should be your last resort because the chemicals used can harm your bathroom fittings and accessories, as they are corrosive.

Get Expert Help If This Is Necessary

After taking all the steps that you can carry out yourself, if the blockage still remains, it will be wise to call your neighbourhood plumber or drains services company for some assistance. Plumbers have special equipment to clean the obstructed drains speedily and effortlessly such as a drainage snake.  Drains contractors also employ water jetting to clear blockages and CCTV drainage cameras to view inside the drain pipe. It may cost you, but you will find it is worth the money once you can use your sink and shower worry-free.

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