Clogged Drains? What you should and shouldn't do.

Saksham Plumbing | 12-09-2016

Clogged drain? What you should and shouldn't do

Clogged Drains become a menace more often than expected. Many a times, even after being cautious, you may end up with a clogged drain. Certain items such as dirt, food, hair, soap, lint etc might find their way to the drains sometimes. They cause clogged drains when start depositing and mostly the clump and clog the drain pipe bend. While this may seem an avoidable occurrence, the effects it can have might be disastrous. Clogged Drains not only result in overflowing drain water but can also lead to the leakage in pipes or fixtures which can add up to infrastructural damage. Hence, it is safe to say that every time a drain clogs, it must be tackled carefully so as to nip it in the bud and avoid any future hassles.

What you can do in case of a Clogged Drain?

Sometimes, even though we are particular about the items going into the drain, we still end up with clogged drains. This could be due to various reasons, one of the reasons is the oil and grease that flows through the water that we drain, this is often overlooked and is one of the main culprits behind a creation of a blockage. If you do find yourself with a clogged drain, always keep in mind these three D’s :

Step 1: Diagnose

The first step to tackling any plumbing related issue especially a clogged drain is to diagnose. It is vital to find out what kind of blockage we are dealing with, Partial or Full Blockage. In case of a Full Blockage, very little or no water can pass through. With Partial Blockage, water flow is very slow. If remain unattended, partial blockages can very easily turn into full blockages.

Step 2: Do It Yourself

This second step is only useful and recommended if the blockage is partial. Firstly, stop using the fixtures near the drain. This is to ensure that we don’t add up to the water overflowing through the drain. Now, try a plunger with optimum force to clear the blockage, if the blockage remains even after 1-2 tries, then it requires the technical skill set of a plumber. 

Step 3: Damage Control

Even while waiting for the emergency plumbing services, you can do some damage control. Stop the water supply to avoid adding to the blocked water. Do not use the fixtures until absolutely necessary and protect the flooring and surrounding areas using mop/ towels.

What should never do in case of a Clogged Drain?

1. NEVER use harsh chemical solutions to clear your clogged drains. Not only is this not a foolproof solution but it also puts your plumbing at a great risk of damage which can add up to the plumbers bill or worse still go undetected with long term damages or consequences.
2. Even natural solutions such as baking soda and vinegar etc, can be avoided as they are not much successful in clearing stubborn or full blockages.
3. Stop using the drain until and unless absolutely necessary or urgent. 

It is always advised to follow some preventive steps in your day to day life so the blockages are not formed frequently. Some of these steps are:

1. Use a protective mesh over the drain cover so that the unwanted items can be prevented from entering the drain altogether.
2. Never throw things like hair, food, oil etc down a drain.
3. Keep an eye out for slow moving drains, these can be attended easily at very early stages.
4. Pour hot boiling water once a month to slow down or cut down build up in the drains.

Always remember the golden rule of preventing Blocked drain is to never use it like a garbage. The philosophy of “out of sight, out of find” can prove to be very harmful for your plumbing and drains.

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