Posted by Admin - 26/02/2016
It is likely that you have a blocked drain if the water in your sink, toilet or both is not draining away properly. If this is happening don’t empty any more water into the drain as this will only make the problem worse and more difficult to resolve.
Personal Protective Equipment and tools required
Ensure you wear full protective clothing, gloves, goggles and overalls, these will help protect you whilst unblocking the drain. Remove and wash the PPE afterwards so as not to cross contaminate. You will also need some drain rods which can be purchased from most DIY stores.
You will need to remove the drain cover. Sometimes these can be difficult to open due to rusting, if this is the case, scrape away the rust before prising the cover off with a tool such as a screwdriver. For those covers with a handle, it may be easier to tie some wire or string around it and pull the cover open.
Clearing the blockage
Using a drain rod with a plunger attachment, twist and turn the rod in the drain to clear the blockage then flush the drain with water which will remove any remaining debris.
Preventing future blockage
By checking the drains on a regular basis, you will be able to see any potential problems starting to occur and remove them before they become a real issue.
Dispose of waste correctly by not flushing items such as cotton wool, nappies and face wipes down the toilet, as these do not flush away correctly and cause blockages.
If possible, try to keep drains clear of flowers and plants. If your garden’s particularly leafy, try fitting drain guards to help prevent plant matter from falling in and causing blockages.
Always rinse plates and cutlery before loading your dishwasher. Any excess food will end up in your drains and could build up to cause a blockage.