Clogging Your Drains
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What’s Clogging Your Drains, And How Do You Unblock Them?

By APT Plumbing Admin on 29 Nov 2022

Water is the most natural resource on the planet. It is so readily available that you rarely give it a thought. Free flowing water exists in every home, that’s until you get a clogged pipe. Pretty much every plumbing fixture in the home can become clogged and there are many reasons as to why they happen.

Clogged drain causes

The biggest causes of clogged drains are the build-up of waste products. Each of the drains in your home will have waste products flushed down them on a regular basis. When you were younger, you may have flushed a toilet paper ball down the toilet or squirted toothpaste in the sink. While these actions, at the time, seem harmless, now that you are older, you should know better than to do them because it only leads to clogged drains later when those products harden and accumulate.

Leaving a drain that is clogged unlooked at will eventually attract pests such as drain flies and when this happens you will need to those drainpipes plumbing repairs attended to immediately.

Body hair is another drain clogging issue that can occur regularly if you do not attend to the maintenance of drains regularly. It is embarrassing to say but hair clogs are more common than you think. It is usually due to a build-up of hair & body soap products in the shower or sink. Hair can also break and tumble down the drain, getting stuck in the pipe and eventually causing a blockage.

Most people don’t realise how many hair products they use per day until they start looking at alternatives to using them. Solid clumps form in the pipes which harden and cause blockages. Looking for a drain pipe plumbing in Sydney service can take time but APT Plumbing is always available 24/7 and can send a plumber experienced in unclogging pipes and have them back in working order again soon.

Clogged drain solutions

Ever thought of unclogging a drainpipe? Using a wire coat hanger is one way to try and solve the issue. Make the hanger as straight as possible and then push it into the drain and out again to see if you can unclog it. Doing this a few times should allow you to be able to pull out any waste products. You can also use a plunger; a toilet plunger is ideal for this kind of job. Plunging a clogged drain has success only when the blockage is above the water level. You will know if it is effective when the water level drops below where it was before or if small pieces of waste are spat back out.

The last solution APT Plumbing suggests using a solution of baking powder and vinegar. A mixture of 1/3 cup of baking soda to 1/3 cup of vinegar which fizzes when mixed will cause the drain to fizz away when the mixture is poured down together. You can alternatively pour dry baking soda into the drain and once it settles pour the vinegar while fizzing the particles causing the blockage will fizz up and out the drain. If this fails, then we suggest you call drainpipe plumbing repairs for further professional assistance.

Preventing Clogged Drains

As they say, prevention is better than a cure. For example, if hair appears to be a common issue, then you should place a sink guard over the drain holes to catch the offending issue and prevent a blockage from occurring. These can be installed in the bath, shower, or even the kitchen sink to trap any food scraps before they go for a ride down the sink. This is easy to toss the food scraps in the bin.

APT Plumbing recommends you call them if you need Blocked Drain Plumbing Services as they can come and unclog the drains and also give you ideas on how to manage your drains moving forward to prevent major clogging from occurring

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can I use a plunger to unclog my drains?

A: A plunger is usually used on toilets, but it can also be used to unclog minor clogs in your drains. However, you should use extreme caution with the plunger so that the force isn’t too strong, and it wouldn’t damage your pipes. APT Plumbing has plumbers available 24/7 should you need drain pipes plumbing repairs at your home.

Q: How can I prevent hair build up in my drains?

A: Hair builds up occurs when people fail to clean their drainpipes regularly. To prevent this issue washing hair and body lotions down the sink is not a good idea which is the number one cause of blocked sinks and showers. It is best to use APT Plumbing as your drainpipe plumbing repair service and have them "clear" your drains for you.

Q: What’s the best home remedy to unclog a drain?

A: If your drain becomes clogged, hot water and vinegar, and baking soda can serve as a cheap alternative to a plumber at first. Pouring water down first followed by baking soda and vinegar and more hot water should unclog any offending blockages. If this fails, then we suggest calling Blocked Drains Plumbing Services for further assistance.

Q: Does Coke unclog drains?

A: Yes!! The phosphoric acid in the drink makes it possible for Coke to unclog drains. Many suggest a 2Lt bottle of Coke should do the job. While many may find this better to drink if issues still occur, we recommend you get any suspected broken pipes repair completed by APT Plumbing as soon as possible. They have plumbers on call 24/7 as there is never a good time to predict you need a plumber.