How NOT To Unblock A Drain
At Wilco Relining, we’re experts in drain maintenance, repair, and relining in Australia. And we’ve seen a lot of blocked drains in Sydney – and a lot of DIY attempts to unblock them. So in this blog, we’ve put together a list of things NOT to do when you’re trying to unblock your own drain in Sydney. Read on and learn with us!
1. Getting A Blocked Drain In The First Place
Yes, it’s entirely possible to avoid blocked drains altogether. Here are a few common causes of drain blockages in different parts of your home.
- Kitchen drains – These clogs are usually caused by dumping coffee grounds, rice, large pieces of food, and liquid cooking grease into your pipes. Always scrape plates to remove food, and never pour grease into your sink.
- Bathroom sink drains – Most clogs of bathroom sinks happen because of hair buildup, especially hairs from shaving the face or body, along with soap scum. Try to avoid getting hair into your sink.
- Toilet drains – Avoiding a toilet clog is simple. Never flush anything except human waste and toilet paper. Don’t flush paper towels, napkins, “flushable” wipes, feminine hygiene products, or anything else.
- Shower drains – Shower drains usually clog because of hair, which combines with soap scum to cause clogged or slow drains. Consider using a “hair catcher” that goes into your drain to catch hair before it enters your pipes.
2. Over-Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners can corrode your pipes over time with excessive use. While it’s okay to use them every once in a while, we recommend against prolonged use. Cleaning the clog away with a physical tool like a drain snake is usually more effective, anyway.
3. Using Homemade Tools
A wire coat hanger can unclog your toilet or drain in a pinch, but won’t be as effective as a drain snake, which you can pick up for a low cost at any hardware store. If you want to avoid calling a plumber, avoid using homemade tools – pick up a drain snake, and you’ll be able to eliminate most minor clogs on your own.
4. Using The Wrong Type Of Plunger For Your Drain
There are two types of plungers, and if you use the wrong one on your drain, it won’t be effective. For the best results, pick the right type of plunger for the job!
Toilet plungers – This type of plunger has a flared tip, which fits neatly into the drain opening of the toilet to create a strong seal. However, this tip makes them ineffective for clearing sink, tub, or shower drains.
Sink plungers – This type of plunger has a flat tip, which allows for a tight seal on flat tub, shower, and sink drains, but makes it harder to use on a toilet.
Need Help? Contact Wilco Relining For Drain Clearing Services In Sydney
At Wilco Relining, we’re here to help with blocked drains, pipe relining, and any other plumbing issues in your home in Sydney. Contact us online or call today at 1300 512 737 to get the help you need today.