Why should I call out a drain technician?

Why should I call out a drain technician?

When your drainage systems become blocked or damaged, it can be very stressful and inconvenient. The most important thing to do is to act quickly, whether that means repairing it yourself or calling out a professional drain technician. While it is possible to unblock a drain yourself, we highly recommend calling a drain engineer out.

There are some blockages that you can try and fix yourself, provided that they are of a small size and not too stubborn. If you are unfamiliar with the way drains work, or with the nature of blockages, then it is always a good idea to call a professional drain engineer to come to your property and fix the problem for you. If you attempt to unblock a drain when you do not know exactly what you’re doing, you run the risk of creating more damage that could be easily avoided by getting a professional.

what can my drain technician help withThis damage can be far more expensive to fix, and you could save yourself a great deal of money and time by calling a drain technician. Flooding is a very serious problem that is often caused when someone attempts to fix their drains without knowing what they’re doing. When your property becomes flooded, it can cause a great deal of damage, as well as posing a serious health risk due to the bacteria in the wastewater.

This bacteria can easily contaminate the surfaces in your home, which can lead to a spread of infection. To protect the health and safety of everyone who lives at your property, call a drain engineer as soon as you notice the warning signs of a blockage, and if you are not 100% certain of what you are doing do not attempt to unblock the drain yourself.

A good drain technician will be fully trained and insured for all scenarios. No problem will be too big or too small for them, so if you’re faced with a particularly troubling problem such as a severe blockage or a collapsed drain, the drain engineer will know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it.

You can guarantee yourself great service for the best price by calling a professional drain technician to take care of the problem for you. All drain technicians will be happy to provide you with the best advice for taking care of your drains following their visits, as well as answering any questions you may have. Our drain engineers have years of experience in the industry and come highly recommended by many clients, both past and present, so you can rest assured knowing that your drains will be treated with care and any concerns you may have will be addressed.

You may not be sure if you have a problem with your drains, in which case you might find it ideal to call out a professional drain engineer to complete a CCTV drain survey on your property. Drain surveys are a great way to locate and identify any potential risks for damage in your drains, as well as uncover any underlying issue that you might not have otherwise noticed.

You can nip the problem in the bud by getting a CCTV drain survey, as anything that is found during the survey will be dealt with then and there by the technician. They will also be happy to provide you with a comprehensive and useful report of the findings, as well as some friendly advice on how best to proceed following the survey.

Whatever the problem, or whatever your concern, don’t hesitate to call a professional drain engineer today. They will guarantee you the highest standard of work for a great price, and you could save yourself a great deal of time and money by hiring a professional to do the work swiftly and efficiently for you while you sit back and relax.


Can I use baking soda to unblock my sink?

Can I use baking soda to unblock my sink?

When your drains become blocked, it can cause a great deal of stress. It is important to call a professional drain engineer as soon as you notice that your drains are blocked, before they can elevate into a situation that is much more damaging and expensive. You will know if your drains are blocked if you can smell a bad odor, or if the water is draining very slowly. As soon as you notice these warning signs, you must act quickly before the blockage begins to build up and create more damage.

If you believe the blockage to be small, there are a few simple tricks you can use to clear it away. Baking soda is a handy tool in unblocking sinks, provided that the blockage is not too large. Bigger blockages require more powerful methods of clearing, but if the blockage is small then it can often be cleared using home methods.

How can I use baking soda to unblock my sinkHowever, there is always the risk that the blockage is much bigger than you thought, and trying to clear a blockage when you are not familiar with the type of blockage or the method can often lead to creating additional problems. To be safe, we recommend calling a professional drain engineer, as they will have years of experience and knowledge under their belt which guarantees you high quality service without having to pay for more than necessary.

If you wish to clear the blockage yourself using baking soda, begin by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain. Follow this with a cup of baking soda and some hot vinegar. If you have a cap for the drain, place it over the mixture and leave it to work its magic for a few minutes. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and the soda dislodges the blockage and allows it to move away.

To flush it away once it has been dislodged, pour another pot of boiling water down the drain. You may need to repeat this process if this is the first time you have cleared your drains, or if it has been a long time since the last time you used this method.

Baking soda can also be used as a preventative method to ensure that if there are any blockages that have not made themselves obvious yet, they are cleared away quickly and efficiently. Using this method regularly will keep your drains clear of any small bits of debris that play a pivotal role in the buildup of waste and resulting creating of a blockage. Any time, call your drain technician for assistance.

You can also use baking soda if you are going away for a short length of time, to avoid coming home and finding drains that are giving off bad odors. After pouring the first pot of boiling water down the drains, add the mixture of hot vinegar and baking soda and leave a cap over the drain to contain the reaction. Leave this mixture in the drains while you are away, and when you return pour the residue away with more boiling water. It is important to note that this method must only be used if you are away for a couple of days. Leaving the mixture too long will run the risk of the acid in the soda and vinegar damaging the drains and you will come home to a much worse problem.

It is far better to avoid creating a blockage in the first place, so it is important to know what you can do to prevent this from happening. Make sure to properly dispose of all food substances that do not wash down the drains easily. Food substances that are greasy, fatty, or oily do not break down fast enough to be washed away properly and they can stick to the walls of the drain. They will often go unnoticed for a short while, and if in that time you continue to wash food away down the drains then they will begin to build up and create an even bigger blockage that is tougher and more damaging. By throwing away this food waste you are ensuring that your drains are not becoming blocked by waste that they cannot handle.

If it seems a little too late for the baking soda method and need a more heavy-duty service, call Blocked Drain Plymouth.


How do you unblock a toilet? 2/2

How do you unblock a toilet?

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Toilet pipe snake for unblockingOnce you’ve located the blockage, your next step is to tackle it! Using a plunger that is shaped to the opening of the toilet bowl creates the pressure needed to either push or pull the blockage out. It is important that this step is done carefully, as you want to avoid any dirty water or sewage waste spilling over the bowl and onto the floor, where bacteria can begin to infect the surfaces and you can very easily become ill when you come into contact with this bacteria. Once you’ve dislodged the blockage and removed it, try flushing the toilet again and the water should run smoothly. You can test how well you’ve cleared the blockage by placing a bit of toilet paper in the bowl when you flush, and observing how well the toilet paper flushes away. It occasionally helps to soften the plunger up by running it under a hot water tap before use. However, if you do not have a plunger, wire coat hangers can come in very handy.

Straighten the hanger out so it is one long wire, and then bend it into a curve. Push the wire up into the toilet pipe leading up to the chamber, and wiggle it around to clear the blockage. This must be done gently to avoid causing any scratches or damage to your toilet.

In cases where the blockage is very mild, pouring hot water down the toilet bowl before using the plunger can dissolve the blockage, which is a much more environmentally friendly solution. Failing this, you may require the use of soda or a drain cleaner, which can be found in many supermarkets in the cleaning products aisles.

Taking these steps can be a cheap and effective way of unblocking your toilet yourself. However, if these steps do not seem to be working, it is important to call Blocked Drain Plymouth today.
Blockages can pose a serious health risk to you and everyone in your household. If you come across and blockage and retrieve it, it is important that you properly dispose of any waste you have recovered from the drains, so as not to contaminate any surfaces with bacteria that could be serious health hazards.


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How do you unblock a toilet?

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When your toilet becomes blocked, it can be a huge inconvenience. A serious blockage can cause a large amount of damage and become very expensive to rectify, but there are steps you can take if the blockage is not too large. It is important that you do not ignore the problem once you’ve spotted it as this can cause the blockage to grow in size. To save yourself time and money with a small blockage, there are small actions you can take to clear the pipes and prevent a bigger problem occurring.

The most important part of clearing any blockage is to avoid flushing. If you have already tried to flush the toilet unsuccessfully, no amount of flushing will dislodge whatever has become blocked in the drains. Continuing to flush the toilet will only make the water rise and you could risk the bowl overflowing. It can also pose a serious health risk as the toilet bowl can fill up with dirty water, which may lead to sewage flooding your bathroom.

Once you’ve figured out that there is a blockage somewhere, the next step is to locate where the problem is. If this is not somewhere you feel you can reach, then call Blocked Drain Plymouth – we can reach any point in your pipes. The most obvious way to do this is to put on some rubber gloves and feel around the base of the toilet bowl and the pipes leading into the bowl. If you come across any waste or excess amounts of toilet paper, you can begin to loosen the build up which is likely the cause of the blockage. Another indicator lies in the water chamber: if the chamber is empty, the problem lies in the pipes between the chamber and the toilet, but if the chamber is full then the blockage is further down the soil pipes.