what we can do with blocked drains

Blocked drains are nasty, stingy but the worst of all embarrassing. The important thing here is that drains do not get clogged overnight, but it is usually us who ignore their red flags and then end up in the completely clogged drain. Water going slow in the kitchen sink, having a small pool at your feet in a shower all these are signs that your drains are unable to function properly and it is time to clean them and remove the hindrances. Blocked drains in Sydney are considered as a huge problem.

The sad part is drained usually get clogged at the worst possible time when you are about to have a big party or maybe when you are in some urgent situation. Some people get their drains clogged almost on a regular basis and then wonder what is that they are doing wrong that they end up in blockage in pipes. If you are one of those here is what you can do.”

1. Strainer

When you do the dishes, it feels tempting to put all the plates, glasses, spoons, bowls and cooking pots as it is without removing anything from them. This is where you are going wrong. Before you put anything in the kitchen sink, make sure to remove all the remaining of food that you might have in them and then dump them in a sink. It is almost impossible to remove bits of food that get accumulated in plates and often it goes down the drain. It would help if you put a strainer on the drain and it will collect all such bits. Just empty the strainer in a bin, and your kitchen sink drain is all good to go.

2. Hot Water

Hot water contains countless benefits. It has much stronger strength as compared to cold water terms of removing obstructions and making its way to flow.  Running warm water through drain pipes once you are done with the dishes will help to eliminate the particles that might have got stuck in pies.  Similarly, people think that in showers since nothing goes in drain usually other than water and soap or shampoo, the drain would not get clogged, but when it does, it becomes such a nuisance. Bits of soap, shampoo or shaving foam gel also don’t drain out quickly and has the tendency of getting stuck in pipes. Once you have taken a shower running hot water through drains adds life to the drain as it helps cleaning the pipes from any stuff that might have got stuck in pipes. 

3. Store-bought Chemicals

Unclogging drains has become easy these days. All you need to do is to dump a small amount of store-bought cleaner in a drain, flush it with water, and then you are good to go. One of the reasons you encounter clogged drains often could be the frequent use of store-bought cleaners. These cleaners have very strong chemicals, and they damage the pipes. Although they are useful in unclogging, in the long run, they damage the pipes and shorten the life span of pipes. You can use store-bought cleaners once in a while, but on a frequent basis, it is not very pleasant to avoid them.

4. Salt

Sodium carbonate has this peculiar characteristic that it removes the dirt. The only solution is that it should be used in a much larger quantity. To unclog the drain, putting a good amount of salt in a drain and then letting it sit for at least half an hour is also effective. Just put the salt, wait patiently for half an hour and then flush the drain. It will magically unclog the drain if there is not severe obstruction in pipes.

5. Hair

Collecting hair after a shower seems like a big hassle. It surely is, but here is why it is extremely important. These lose strands of hair usually do not drain away easily and are often collected and stay in pipes, hence create an obstruction. The easiest way to tackle it to collect hair and do not let them go down the pipes. They might go a little under but will be collected at one point and create a blockage.

6. Odour

Clogged drains emit very string pungent lousy smell. As stated above that they do not get clogged overnight unless there is a significant obstruction, but it is usually dirt collected over a period of them that clogs the drain. That means while you may not see and think that it is all good and clean, but down the pipes, it could be filthy. This dirt gives home to bacteria, flies and numerous insects and that stay there for many days. It all emit a very strong smell, and it becomes stingy. Sometimes the drains are not even clogged but are on the verge of it, and it gets all stingy.

7. Vinegar and Soda

Frequent use of vinegar in drain pipes will help in keeping the obstruction of the pipes free and clean. When drains are working correctly, we tend to take it for granted and do not pay proper attention to its regular cleaning, until we are left with clogged drains. It is good to throw a cup of baking soda in drain and then let it sit for a while. After some minutes dump a cup of vinegar, and it helps in cleaning the pipes. The solution of soda and vinegar reacts and clean the grease, bits of food from the walls of pipes and the passage of drains is all clean.

Conclusion for a blocked drain

Cleanliness and pleasant smell are two inviting factors of any place. Your house may be spotless, well furnished but if your drain either in the bathroom or kitchen is clogged it surely will emit a bad odour that will engulf the whole house and is definitely unhealthy too. Bathroom and kitchen are not the only places where drains can get clogged but under our feet and overhead in-ceiling bunches of pipes travel from one place to another that is obviously hidden. Sometimes you may smell the bad odour but are unable to pinpoint the exact reason. It could be a blockage in one of the pipes either in the ground or in overhead ceilings. Although they serve the purpose of bringing gallons of water to homes or draining out water from homes. So usually the blockage also comes from somewhere. To avoid clogged drains thorough cleaning of pipes once in a while is highly recommended. Also using these small tips like throwing vinegar in drains, putting a strainer on a drain or collecting grease and not letting it go down the drain will keep the flow of water easy and fast.

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