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The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Drain Unblocking

When you find your home plagued with the smells and sounds of a blocked drain, it can be tempting to boil the kettle or jump onto Google and start searching for DIY remedies and ways of breaking down a drain blockage – to save yourself the hassle and cost of securing a professional service.

The market is full of supposed solutions to blocked drains, and little tips and tricks which can help you to rid your home of a blocked drain – but which of these solutions work, and can you combat a blocked drain without professional intervention? In this blog, our blocked drain London specialists uncover the truth behind the most popular home remedies and DIY solutions. 

The DIY solutions that work

The effectiveness of any DIY blocked drain solution depends entirely on the position and size of the blockage. Minor issues can sometimes be rectified with boiling water and solutions which combine vinegar and baking soda, poured down into the drain to help break down the blockage and to help it pass through the system. Similarly, there are some effective solutions on the market which are designed to help combat slow draining sinks, running through your pipe network and getting to work on any blocked debris which could be causing issues. 

The main thing to note here is that these solutions can be effective in the face of small blockages and those which are relatively fresh. So, what happens when your blockage doesn’t seem to be budging?

Blocked drain hacks to avoid

One of the worst things you can do for a blocked drain is to start poking around inside the pipes with long implements – primarily because by pushing on the blockage you may find that you are compacting and wedging it more firmly into place in your pipes. 

The other action that you should avoid at all costs is inaction – that is, ignoring the problem and continuing to use your drainage system as normal, in the hopes that the blockage will flush away by itself in time. The reality is that this will not happen and that an established blockage will only continue to build up without both a change in habit and professional unblocking service. 

Do you need professional drain unblocking services?

There are two branches to our drain unblocking service, the first being our hands-on support which combines the best industry equipment with the expertise which allows us to clear drains of blockages both big and small without causing damage to the pipes. The other branch of our unblock service revolves around education and ensuring that homeowners understand what can and what cannot be flushed down into their pipes and drainage network – operating on the belief that prevention is better than cure. 

If you’ve got a drain blockage that you’ve been ignoring, or you’re finding that the hacks and tips from the internet aren’t helping, our team are here to help. Get in touch today.  

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