There’s nothing sweeter than the stench of a blocked up outdoor drain. Not. Unfortunately it happens too often due to high traffic in toilets, showers and sinks. Having a blocked outside drain generally means calling in an emergency plumbing team to have someone come to give a strong jetting and thorough cleaning. No one wants to have to do this so keeping your drains as ship shape as possible is the best thing you can do to make sure you don’t have to spend anything extra calling someone out. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself and your drains. The more they get blocked up, the more possible damage to the system inside the walls. To save yourself excessive replacement pipework that will inevitably need doing, you should just take care of what you have before it gets to be a problem.
Most minor drain blockages can be repaired with very little effort using an outside drain unblocker bought from a high street shop or with other equipment you can buy from a DIY shop or local supermarket. You don’t need to be an expert at DIY to unblock a drain you just have to be willing to get a little bit dirty and a little bit smelly! The first thing to do is figure out what is wrong and sometimes this can be a little disgusting so glove up and wear something protective over your clothes. Bathroom drains can be clogged up with hair, soap and basically dead skin. Kitchen drains tend to be clogged up with grease from food and most people stupidly flush baby wipes which can block toilet drains. Leaves and debris from the outside block outdoor drains for the most part.
Indoor drains can usually be unblocked with something as simple as a bottle of drain unblocker so there’s no need to call out Emergency Plumbers in Tunbridge Wells. Poured into the drain before you go to bed will mean you wake up to clean drains both inside and outside the house. Rinse it out the following morning and make sure you stay safe – you should wear rubber gloves at a minimum when using drain unblocker, as it can be very corrosive and can cause chemical burns. If accidentally ingested or if it makes contact with the eyes, the consequences could be even more serious.
While it is more complicated to unblock an outdoor drain than an indoor drain, it is by no means a difficult task and shouldn’t take you more than half an hour. You’ll need a set of drain rods or failing that a really big stick like a mop or broom handle. Wearing appropriate protective clothing will mean any splashes won’t bleach your clothes. Pull the cover off the drain to get a good look inside. You might need to use a screwdriver or other thin, flat project to jimmy it open. If there’s a handle, but you can’t seem to budge it, tying some rope or string around it will give you better leverage and help you remove the drain cover. If the drain is full of water, the blockage is somewhere after the chamber. If it’s empty then it’s before it which can be in the soil pipe between the chamber and the plumbing system so if you want to give it a go yourself, work your way along the chamber and clean it out. Once you’ve unblocked the drain, run clean water through it to rinse any addition debris and prevent other blockages. Pour bleach down the sinks inside to make sure they’re totally cleaned through.