How to Unblock a Drain and When to Call a Specialist

While they vary in severity, blocked drains are never convenient and they can pose some serious problems for the home when neglected. It’s important to understand the different ways that you can address a drain problem and recognise when the issue is out of your hands. Here are some of the ways by which you can unblock a drain as well as some of the situations that demand a little extra help.

Typical Home Remedies

There are a handful of different ways that you might be able to solve a drainage issue at home, most of which involve household items that most homeowners already have. The most common home solutions include the following:

  • Plunging

  • Drain flushing with hot water, vinegar, and baking soda

  • A pipe snake

  • Chemical openers

While people often reserve plungers for the bathroom, they can also be used on virtually any drain in the house.

When Home-Based Methods Don’t Work

As a homeowner, your first reaction is to always exhaust your options before calling a professional. Sometimes the methods listed above aren’t effective, which usually means that you have a more serious issue. Be careful about pouring chemicals and mixtures down your drain as well. You may ultimately worsen the problem by continuing to pour things down the drain without results, in which case you should call a drain cleaning service to help you out.

When It’s Recurring

When blocked drains are recurring, there is usually something else going on that you are not aware of. Additionally, multiple drains getting blocked simultaneously is usually a sign to call a specialist.

When It’s a Septic or Sewage Issue

When your drainage issue concerns your outdoor septic or sewage system, this is always a job for a drainage company. Some signs that you have a septic-related issue include the following:

  • Water and sewage backing up

  • Drains draining slowly

  • Gurgling sounds

  • Flooding in the drain field

  • Bad odours

All of these can mean that there is a serious problem or a developing problem but a specialist will have all of the tools and expertise to address these situations effectively.

When It’s an Emergency

Sometimes the onset of a drainage problem is sudden and the nature of the issue forces you to address it immediately, in which case you should request an emergency drain unblocking service. Your specialists strive for rapid response times so that you can recover as quickly as possible from a major drainage issue.

We have the tools and the expertise to provide comprehensive solutions to basic and complex drainage issues. To request a service or to learn more about how we can help you, send us a message or give us a call at 01353 687 984.

Richard Pickul