Saturday, July 17, 2010

How to deal with blocked drains in your sewerage system

First and most importantly, you need to know that your sewerage drainage system deals with all black water from toilets and grey water from showers, sinks, laundries and basins. Your sewerage will contain some remnants of blood, skin, faeces, fat, food, detergents, chemicals, hair, tampons and semen. Yes it is gross I know!

A blocked and overflowing sewerage drainage system can be very messy and pose a very serious health risk. The first symptoms of a blocked sewer may be gurgling in the sink when you are using the bath or toilet or visa versa. The water in the toilet may rise up, you may notice that the water sucks out of the toilet when you flush it. You may also notice that water is overflowing from one of the gully traps outside your house.

If you think that you have a blocked drain you need to deal with it straight away. The longer you leave it the worse the possible consequences.

Normally when any of the above occurs it is too late for a root pellet or caustic soda.

To clear the blocked drain you could try a large plunger or mop. You will have to pump the mop or plunger into the toilet or gully trap very fast a number of times to get the blockage moving.

If this doesn’t work, you could hire an electric eel or jet rodder and try to clear the blockage yourself. However, I would not advise it as these are very dangerous to an untrained operator. If you have read above you would now know that they are covered in the infectious remnants of other peoples blocked drains, They have also been known to break bones and cause horrific wounds.

The best and safest thing to do when you have a blocked drain is to call an experienced licensed plumber. If you call a plumber and you have used pellets or caustic soda let the plumber know. Caustic soda and pellets can cause serious burns to bare skin and the plumber may have to stick their arm in your drain.

When the plumber arrives ask them to check the whole drain for any other potential blockages with their electric eel or jet rodder. This will keep the drain unblocked for longer and can save you a considerable amount of money in the future, as you are only paying for one call-out and you are not paying the plumber to set up and pack up his drain cleaning machine more than once. Our plumbers at Star Hot Water & Plumbing do the whole drain all the time.

Most importantly, remember don’t leave a blocked drain for too long. The longer you leave the drain blocked the more expensive it will be to deal with.

If you need more information about your blocked drain or immediate help in Canberra, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra just call 6161 9417 for Six Star Hot Water & Plumbing.

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