For homeowners in London blocked drains can be a real nuisance, and really expensive to boot. To help you avoid the hair and money loss that usually comes with blocked drains in London we’ve put together a small checklist of things you can do yourself when you think you’ve got a problem at home.
1) Identify the problem that’s going on within your drains. Specifically, find the parts you feel which aren’t working like they should. Common problems include: slow sink or tub drains; water backing up inside the bath tub, shower, or sink; wet areas in walls or along floors in rooms adjacent to drain pipes; wet areas within the lawn near drain piping and unusual gurgling or bubbling sounds when water is draining. Basically just keep your eyes and ears open for any of these tell tale signs.
2) You’ll then need to work out the extent of your “slow drain” problem. If it’s isolated to just one sink or other fixture, it is probably localised to the individual pipe that connects that fixture to the main. Put simply, if it’s just the kitchen sink that drains slowly, then the issue is with the sink trap or drain line that connects to the larger pipes and which also carries water from sinks, the toilet and the bathtub.
3) Here’s the tricky part, you must then figure out of the path the waste water’s taking to reach the main drainpipe. Quite often individual drain pipes are routed though the wall cavity, where they connect to other pipes, which in turn go underneath the floor and exit the home at either the septic system or sanitary sewer. Sometimes at this stage you’ll need to call for professional help as getting inside your drainage system to have a look is quite a complicated process. But, if you can find where the problem is, go to step 4!
4) Flush the malfunctioning drain with very hot water. For your bathroom or kitchen sink, you should carry this out by stopping the drain and filling the sink with warm water from the faucet. Unstop the plug and the water will drain into the material that is clogging the pipes, and if the material is a residue of grease or similar waste, the warm water may dissolve it enough to flush an adequate amount out of the pipes to restore your flow. Note that, for more serious blockages, this may actually make the problem worse, so make sure you call the pros!
We can’t stress enough that that this is only a temporary fix at best and, for more serious blocked drain problems or for longer-lasting solutions you are always best off contacting a professional who will be able to properly inspect your drainage system, tell you exactly what’s wrong with it and then direct you on how to fix and futureproof it.
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