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By: BDS Drainage

Clearing a Blocked Drain Advice

Knowing how to unblock drains yourself is a handy tip to know, since it can save you money and is a problem that can happen extremely easily.

Blocked drains are a regular occurrence during autumn, due to leaves falling off the trees and blocking our drainage system, which is why we are offering you some quick and simple blocked drain solutions and advice.

What Equipment You Will Need:

• Protective glasses
• Rubber gloves
• Broom
• Screwdriver
• Drain rod
• Trowel
• Hose
• Kettle

Where is the Blockage?

The first important step to follow, before you can get started on any real work, is working out where the blockage is.

Blocked drains outside the house can be pretty easy to sort out, making drain cleaning services unnecessary. There are many common causes of blocked drains, one of the most obvious being outside drains blocked with mud, leaves, twigs and stones.

If you have a blocked drain then you are in luck as this will hopefully be a job you can do yourself. Firstly, clear any debris, sticks and twigs that are surrounding and covering the drain.


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Remove the Gate Covering the Drain

Using the screwdriver, take the cover of the drain off. If you find any more twigs, sticks and debris inside, then use the trowel to scoop them all out.

How To Unblock a Drain

The blockage in your drain may not be all that obvious, which is why we use the drain rod to try to loosen any built up debris at the bottom of the of the drain. Don’t be afraid to apply a bit of pressure, but be careful not to apply too much in case you damage the drain.

How To Clean a Drain

Once you have finished using the drain rod to loosen the built up debris, scoop out what you can with the trowel, before rinsing the drain with a hose, to wash down any last bits of dirt.

How To Fix a Clogged Kitchen Drain

If your drain is one that comes from the kitchen, then it may be a good idea to rinse the drain with hot water from the kettle, after using the hose to wash it down. This will help to remove any fat and oil that could have built up around it.

Tidy Up

Now that your drain should be fully cleared and functioning properly, you can put the grate back on the drain (after giving it a clean from any dirt that may have built up on it) and sweep all of the leaves, twigs and debris away from the drain.

Drainage Problems Still Occurring?

Time will tell if your drainage system is functioning properly again, but if that didn’t work, then it is time to give us a call and we will send out our qualified plumbers to provide a thorough drain service to solve all of your drainage problems.

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