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How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?

8 Answers

Answered by Plumblife

7th October 2019

Plumblife answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

There are a few ways of clearing a blocked drainage pipe. Firstly you could try plunging the blockage. If this doesn’t work you could try using a wet vacuum and suck the blockage out. If that fails its best to call a pro. We always advise against using strong acids etc to clear blockages as this can effect soft parts of your waste system like rubber seals etc.

Answered by D.A Gas, Heating & Plumbing

28th July 2019

D.A Gas, Heating & Plumbing answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

The best way to clear a blocked sink is to buy a plunger from your local diy store. They are cheap to buy and will always come in handy. Fill the sink with hot water cover the overflow with a cloth and start plunging whilst keeping the overflow covered. In our experience most drain chemicals don’t work very well, if you are unable to clear it with a plunger then call your local plumber.

Answered by BoilerOne

16th July 2019

BoilerOne answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

To unblock a drain pipe firstly check if a plunger would shift the blockage, if not then a snake wire may push the blockage along however if care is not taken damage to the waste pipework is possible therefore BoilerOne recommend you consult a verified plumber to advise on your options.

Answered by Lee Key Plumbers

12th June 2019

Lee Key Plumbers answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

The best way is to prevent blocking first. This can done by adopting a weekly routine of flushing the drain with hot soapy water. I always recommend to my customers, after I have removed any blockages, a simple routine. Once a week fill the sink or hand wash basin with hot water. This can be used water from washing up or washing. Put in an additional shot of washing up liquid. Release the full sink of water. The weight of the water with the addition of the washing up liquid is sufficient to remove any particles that may be starting to build up. If the water does not go down you can simply feel along the waste pipe to feel where the pipe stops being hot and is cold. This normally helps to identify the location of any blockage. I have had customers that used to regularly get blockages but by following the simple routine above, have had block free drains for years. If your lifestyle necessitates putting food remains down your sink, it might be wise to look at installing an approved food waste disposal system to your sink. Any good plumber would be able to give further advice.

Answered by Garvey Plumbing & Heating LTD

7th March 2019

Garvey Plumbing & Heating LTD answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

Lee @ GPH A great way for maintaining your drains at your kitchen sink is actually fairy liquid or whatever brand you use to wash your dishes. Boil a kettle Pour boiling water down your plug hole Follow up with half a bottle of fairy liquid Leave it to eat into the food, debris blocking the drain Pour another kettle of hot water down Then fill up your sink and let a full basin’s worth of water go. This should clear any partial blockages and is a great way of keeping the waste pipe from fully blocking Showers and basin If you can get to the shower trap above then Remove the chrome/white plate, grill. You should then see a cup like “trap” remove this and any hair within it You should also see a hole now that leads from waste to the connecting pipe Any hair or readier can be removed by hand unless it’s further down the waste pipe. Sink and basin traps can be removed easily Just have a basin handy and positioned below the trap to catch any water that may spill Remove the trap by turning the nut that attached to the chrome waste clock wise Undo the nut at the other end which connects the trap to the waste pipe Remove the trap and clean out any hair or debris that may be blocking it Rinse And re connect, tightening the nuts in the opposite direction from when you unfastened them to disconnect.

Answered by Thoroughbuild UK Services Ltd

26th February 2019

Thoroughbuild UK Services Ltd answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

Find a rodding access in the waste pipe and insert drain rod to clear out pipe. If no access is available, remove trap and put a flexible worm down the pipe in an attempt to clear the blockage instead. Once blockage is partially cleared, run hot water through the waste pipe for a few minutes and this should take out the remainder obstruction and build-ups.

Answered by A Royal Flush Plumbing

12th February 2019

A Royal Flush Plumbing answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

This will all depend on which drain pipe is blocked, if internal a plunger can solve this normally or a pipe snake (a wire pipe cleaner) if the plunger doesnt work. If the blockage is outside or the cause is external then look for a man hole cover usually found in the rear gardens of properties. Carefully, and with the right tools lift the cover and inspect it. Your tool of choice then are a set of drain rods. These come with different attachments depending on what the blockage is. A wet/dry vac is also a great tool for clearing internal drain pipes.

Answered by PipeDream Plumbing

11th February 2019

PipeDream Plumbing answered the question "How to unblock a clogged drain pipe?"

To unblock an external manhole you will need a set of drain rods, you can buy these at any plumbers merchant or DIY store. Once you've located your drain, remove the cover. Build your roads up with a suitable attachment at one end. Locate the drain pipe and push the rods up the pipe. Always turn your rods clockwise so they don't disconnect in the pipe.

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