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How to Unclog a Drain in 3 Easy Steps         

Any drain around the home or workplace can easily become clogged up. Understanding how to unclog a drain can help you to avoid messy incidents and can also save you money in many ways, for not only won’t you need to call a plumber to fix what is often a relatively simple task to care of yourself, but you can also avoid a mess that’s expensive to clean up, especially if you need to have the carpets cleaned.

Step 1: Find the Source of the Clog

In many cases, the first step is the most time consuming because clogs aren’t always easily found, especially if they aren’t located near the entrance of the drain. Therefore, it’s often necessary to contact professional local plumbers who use CCTV technology to look inside the drain to locate the source of the clog. Here are a few tips to help you source the location of the clog:

  • If one fixture is clogged, for example, the bathroom sink, then the clog is most likely located in that drain or section of piping
  • If more than one fixture is clogged, the source of the blockage is likely to be downstream of where the drains meet

If you can’t source the location of the blockage, it will be necessary to contact a professional local plumbing professional, like Perth plumbing services from Peter Stannard, to locate the blockage and use specialist tools to unblock it. However, if you have found the clog, it’s time to move onto Step 2.

Step 2: Use a Drain Cleaning Tool

If the blockage is beneath the kitchen sink, it may be a good idea to turn on the hot water for a minute or two before you start using a drain cleaning tool, as often with blockages in the kitchen it’s the oily materials that have gone down the sink and solidified that are responsible for the clog.

Underfloor drains are often a nuisance to open, especially if the cleanout plug hasn’t been removed for some time. Once you’ve prised it open with a chisel or screwdriver, you’re ready to start using the drain cleaning tool you hired (or bought). These tools are often expensive to hire, so be sure to compare the cost of hiring a drain cleaning tool and having a plumbing professional unblock your drains.

Follow the instructions (these tools can be dangerous if not used properly) and make sure you use the specified safety equipment, especially goggles as you don’t want to be hit in the eye with flying debris.

Step 3: Clean Up

Once the clog has been removed it’s time to pack up and clean up. Take the drain cleaning tool outside, ready to be returned, and then give the area surrounding the drain a good clean with disinfectant to make sure the area is clean and hygienic. There’s a lot of harmful bacteria in drains, so make sure you wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

So, there you go, a drain unclogged in three easy steps!