Nobody likes blocked drains. It’s an issue faced by most of the people at some point in their lives.
A functioning, clean pipe is important for water to flow freely. Indoor blockage of drains is caused by flushing sanitary napkins, paper towels or hard materials that obstructs the water from flowing. You can know if your drainage is blocked when your toilet or sink drains slowly.
If the pipe is heavily blocked water may not pass through at all. This problem can be time-consuming and expensive to deal with depending on the extent of the blockage.
Another major cause of blocked drains is a broken pipe, which will need to be replaced.
Preventive measures to avoid blocked drains
- You can put a plug screen over your drain which will prevent solid waste from going down the drain. A plug screen is very useful. In the kitchen, it will prevent wasted food from blocking the drains, and in bathrooms it prevents hair from entering the pipes. It is important to measure the diameter of your drain before buying your drain screen because they comes in different sizes.
- Remove extra hair from your shower or bathtub after each use to prevent it from getting swept down the drain the next time.
- Use a drain cleaner. Drain cleaners are available in almost all hardware stores.
- Never pour down oil or grease. They should be avoided because they solidify themselves and stick within the drainage pipe which causes blockages. Instead, collect the oil or grease and dispose of it at another time.
- The best way to prevent blocked drains outside is to check the drainage once every month. Do not let dried leaves, waste products or anything that is hard around the drainage area get inside the drains.
- Planting trees near your home can also cause drainage problems. The reason is the roots which are extended and causes intrusions. Avoid planting trees near the drainage system otherwise this problem is very costly to be solved.
- A common solution is to use a plunger to clear the drainage pipes. If the water is running slowly into the sink, fill up the sink and plunge it gently. Do not do it forcibly as it can damage the sewer pipes and can cause leakage.
- The usage of sewer jetters. Sewer jetting is the process of shooting high powered streams of water through drain, down into the sewer in order to blast away any waste blocking the passage of water. Sewer jetters are mainly used by house owners to remove obstructions throughout the building’s sewer drain and to prevent the clogs from occurring again. It also cleanses the sides of drain pipes and prevents blocked drains in the future.
- Teach your children the importance of maintaining a drainage system. Young children often have a habit of throwing random objects in the toilet. They could flush down their toys or wipes just to see what happens. Tell your kids the importance of having a clean drainage and the troubles that arise when drains get clogged.
How To Clear A Blocked Drain
- Hot Water: For a quick and easy fix for your blocked drains, try pouring a pot of hot water into the drain. Note: don’t pour boiling water down a drain as it can melt PVC pipes. Many times this is enough to loosen or dissolve the blockage without having to resort to more drastic measures.
- Natural Cleaner: You can create a DIY drain cleaner using baking soda and white vinegar. Simply pour the baking soda into the drain, followed by the vinegar. Cover the blockage drain to prevent the mixture from bubbling out of the pipe. The chemical reaction between baking and vinegar produces oxygen, which scours the inside of the pipes, clearing them out. You may need to do it a few times to get rid of the blockage entirely. Once the mixture has worked its way through the blockage, flush your pipes with hot water to remove any remaining residue.
- Plunger: A plunger can clear a blocked drain just as it can clear a clogged toilet. Be sure to cover any overflow spouts before you begin plunging so you can get a strong seal. The Vertical pressure created by the plunger can help to loosen any blockages so your pipes can flow smoothly once again for future. Plunging is more needful for solid blockages, but it is not very effective on grease build-up and mineral deposits. Don’t push too hard with the plunger in a sink as it may cause damage, use moderate force.
- Hydro Jetting: Hydro-jets force a powerful stream of water through your pipes. The pressure that is created then forces the blockage through the pipes and out so that water can flow through once again. It helps to clean through hydro jetting from time to time if you purchase a hydro jet.
- Mining: In the most severe cases your pipes may require full excavation. A plumber can identify the exact location of the blockage so that he knows which pipe needs to be excavated. After cleaning out the earth around the pipe, the plumber can repair or change the pipe in question. The earth can then be filled back in around the new pipe, restoring your property to its original condition.
These are some preventive and restorative measures that should be taken on your drains. We should undergo regular checks to avoid having serious blockage. Most people often try to fix it themselves when facing blocked drains. There are many products that promise to unclog your drains within minutes, but do your research since some products contain harsh chemicals that can cause further damage to your drainage system. Never avoid these problems or it can cause an emergency which can later turn out to be very expensive.