As every homeowner knows only too well, there are many things that can go wrong with a property and a blocked sewer pipe can occur at any time of day or night. Of course, there are things we can do to minimise the risk of a clogged-up drain, which includes installing mesh filters on all sinks and in the shower, which should prevent human hair and soap residue from entering the system. Whether a partial or complete blockage, action needs to be taken and if the worst should happen and you find yourself with a blocked sewer, there are a few things you can do that might clear the blockage.
Call in the Experts – If you have neither the time nor the inclination to get your hands dirty, the best solution is to contact a specialist to resolve a blocked sewer. The company would employ a range of hi-tech strategies to unblock the drain, and they even have special go-anywhere cam trucks that give the technician a close-up view of the sewer interior. There are emergency numbers you can call at any time of day and night and once the mobile unit arrives, you can be rest assured the blockage will soon be a thing of the past.
Chemical Solutions – There are off-the-shelf chemical products that will unblock a drain, yet one should be very careful using these powerful chemical solutions. Simply follow the instructions provided and make sure you rinse the drain thoroughly after the process has been completed. Avoid spilling the contents onto the skin, and wearing rubber gloves is advised. There are no guarantees that using a chemical product will do the job and very often, it is wasted money, as the blockage remains. Wherever you happen to live in the UK, you are never far from a specialist company who unblock drains for a living and a Google search will have you in touch with a local emergency drain unblocking outfit.
Homemade Concoction – Baking soda, vinegar, and water can be used to unblock a drain. First, boil a pot of water and pour it down the drain. Next pour just half a cup of baking soda and wait for 5 minutes. Follow this with a cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water and leave it for 10 minutes and finally, pour one more pot of boiling water which will remove the scum that had been dislodged. There are a few other ways to unblock a domestic drain which might be worth a try.
If you want to be sure of success, it is advisable to call in the experts, who have both the knowledge and the equipment to handle any type of drain blockage, and while the team is there, you can ask them to give the drainage system a full inspection, which would reveal any weak spots and they can be fixed. Locating the blockage is half the battle and with CCTV cameras, the emergency drain clearing firm will soon locate the problem and clear the blockage.