Drainage TV Provide a 'How To' Guide For Unblocking Drains

Monday 11 November 2019, 7:17PM
By Beckie Wright

Unblocking drains is a challenge for even the most experienced DIY expert, and if you are not an expert, it can prove to be even more difficult and unpleasant. In fact, if it is an outdoor, corporate or complex drainage task, Drainage TV recommend that you get in contact with them to see how they can help you. But for simpler problems, you can follow these tips to unclog any drains or pipes, and drain fault locating with just a little bit of effort and time.

If you are renting or have recently purchased a property, you may find that indoor and outdoor pipes or drains can accumulate grime and detritus over time.

Outdoors, build-up from your roof or the surrounding property including leaves or foliage can cause blockages. Indoors, kitchen sinks often have blockages due to unforgivable liquids or semi-solids being poured into the drains, and bathroom pipes often have blockages caused by trapped hair and soap residue.

Boiling water is one of the simplest and most low-cost methods for removing those blocked drain problems. You can begin this DIY drain unclogging method by boiling the kettle and pouring the boiling water down the drain in 3 - 4 stages, pausing between each pour to enable the water to do its work. The hot water will soften up whatever is causing the blockage and let it move freely down the pipe. You can also prevent build-up in advance by periodically pouring boiling water down your drains.

Another method is to combine two parts vinegar to one part baking soda with boiling water to unclear difficult-to-unblock bathroom pipes. Pour approximately ½ cup of baking soda and very hot or near boiling water into the drain. Leave the mixture to settle for a few minutes before adding 1 cup of vinegar. Cover the bathroom pipe and frothing mixture with a plug for up to 10 minutes before performing a final flush with very hot or near boiling water. Should the blockage be very stubborn, consider leaving the mix in overnight to maximise the mixture's effects.

Plunging a drain is one of the easiest ways to clear a stoppage. Line the rim of the plunger with Vaseline or petroleum jelly to help create a seal between the mouth of the plunger and the mouth of your drain. Fill your clogged sink, basin, bathtub or shower with enough water to cover the head of the plunger to ensure a secure seal and a more efficient result. Place the plunger over the drain and push-pull rapidly before removing the plunger from the drain. Remember, pulling is just as important as pushing. The goal is to get the clog moving; the direction is not important. Repeat as needed.

Obviously, for more complex drainage problems you need to call Drainage TV, and for more information on drain cameras in Auckland and pre-constructions inspections please go to .