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October 16th, 2010

Drain blockages

Every household faces drain blockages once in a while. These blockages can be at different spots of the house draining system, but are all equally annoying if they are not handled efficiently and as soon as possible. Here, some useful advice on how to locate the draining blockage and get rid of it is given.

Firstly, it is necessary to determine where the tubes are clogged. This is something that Local Sydney Plumber are excellent at. If there is no drain blockage immediately in the house, then there is a problem with the pipes leading outside of it. Different buildings and houses have different draining systems but mostly the pipes running underground meet at the inspection chambers (or manholes), gullies and stacks. These are the spots that are inspected for bigger drain clogs.

It is by no means pleasant to do this, and if you feel uncomfortable contact your plumber to check it for you. Plumbers from Local Sydney Plumber will be happy to assist you with this. The cost of the drain blockage repair will be paid by you if you own a private property and do not share your draining system with anyone. However, if your neighbors contributed to the clog in the pipes then you’ll probably share the repair expense with them.

The situations that are much more common though are drain blockages in the house, such as clogged bathroom or kitchen drains. The clogs are usually a result of grease, soap and hair getting into the pipes. These can be removed in a couple of ways, depending on how severe the clog is.

Usually, people will attempt to use a commercial chemical product and run it down the drain, or a combination of vinegar and baking soda. These can work in the case where the drain blockage is not serious. However, if it happens that the blockage is great, and then a professional plumbing tool must be used. There are some elementary ways which Local Sydney Plumber uses to help you with these.

Often the way we use to remove a severe clog is to use the plumbing snake. If there is a huge obstruction in any pipe in your house, we suggest you do not try to use the snake yourself but contact your plumber. The snake is a long flexible metal tube that is used to either push through the clog in the drain or take the clogging material out of the pipe. If there is a trap in the pipe before the obstruction then it is removed and the water collected in a bucket.

A plumber will be very careful when performing this step if some chemicals were tried on the drain blockage before. If the chemical was harmful to the skin or the eyes, then the snake is not used, but some other method that is less risky.

There is a number of ways in which you can alleviate the problem of drain blockages in your household and Local Sydney Plumber can provide all of them. However, caution is needed and if you determine that the clogged pipe cannot be cleaned with whatever you have in your household, it is best to call the professionals.


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