Blocked Sinks, Showers and Kitchen Waste
Blocked Kitchen Waste
Is your drain experiencing a clog or blockage? If it is you probably want the problem removed as quickly as possible. Thankfully there are various means and method to remove such problems, however, you need to identify what the problem is, where it is located, and how to fix it before you decide to fix the problem yourself or hire a professional.
Where is the drain located?
Locating the location of the blocked drain should be your first priority in this situation, as the location may have different problems that need to be tackled in different ways. If the problem is occurring in the bathroom, either in the sink or the toilet, than the issue is problem what you are sending down the drain. On the other hand, if the blockage is coming from the kitchen the issue may be caused by a buildup of food particles, grease, and other debris that get washed down the drain while you clean.
You’ll also need to figure out if your drain is indoors or outdoors. Things like dead leaves or tree roots may be the cause of the problem if you drain is outdoors, while indoor drains may get blocked by heavy or thick objects that enter the drain. These can be any type of sanitary products as well as something as simple as loose hair.
Once you’ve identified the location of the blockage it is time to set out how to clear it. Smaller blockages can be cleared by your own hand using a drain snake and some simple trial and error. You’ll need to call in a professional if you think the blockage is either too large for you to handle or if it simple one that you indeed cannot handle.
How to prevent further blocks
Now that the block has been removed you’re probably worrying about how you can prevent such a thing from happening again. Thankfully there are quite a few steps that you can take to keep your drains clear. If not, regular drain servicing may be your best bet.
In your kitchen you need to watch what goes down your drain. This means making sure that a plate is as clean as it can get before being placed into a sink or dishwater; this will prevent unnecessary food stuff from entering the drain and adding or creating a block. You will also need to make sure that you are using soap that breaks down grease and oil. Do not pour grease down a drain. Instead, contain it until it can be properly disposed of.
If the drain is in the bathroom make sure you are sending on the proper materials into the toilet. Most, if not all, bathroom products are marked if they are safe to flush or not.
When it comes to outdoor drains the easiest and simplest thing you can do is make sure that your drain is covered in a way that debris cannot get into it. You can also make sure that your yard is free of debris such as grass clippings and fallen leaves that may be swept into the drain.
Blocked Sinks & Showers
Having your shower become clogged and backed up can be one of the worst feelings in the world. The shower is often thought of as a place where water flows without issue, so it comes as no surprise that a shower backup can cause stress. Thankfully, there are a few early warning signs as well as home remedies that can help you prevent or clear a backup.
Inspect the Drainage Area
One of the earliest signs that a shower may be backed up is that the drainage of water may be slower than normal. If this is a problem you are encountering you may also want to inspect your clean-out; you’ll need to remove the cap to inspect if there is any residue or build up there. Normally there should be nothing in there, so if you see build up there you know that you have a blockage.
Because the shower normally uses the same drain pipe as the sink and toilet are also great places to inspect for signs of a blockage. The toilet is a great place to start, as it has the largest drain line out of the three and thus will experience more of an issue when it comes to draining and refilling the tank and bowl.
How to fix a drain
Now that you’ve identified the problem and where it is coming from it’s time to go about clearing it. Clearing a shower blockage can be costly but there are quite a few steps that you can take at home without needing to call in a professional.
Add boiling water to the drain: the hot water will help clean up and loosen any debris that may be stuck in the drain.
Plunger: You may not think to use this in a shower but the pressure and suction created by the use of a plunger can help dislodge whatever is stuck.
Plumber’s snake: This tool is often seen and used by professional and people trying to clear things themselves. Simply push the snake into the drain and wiggle it back and forth until the debris either unsticks are you need to move onto another solution.
Now that you’ve cleared the drain it is time to preventative maintenance on the drain. You’ll want to start keeping an eye s to what goes into the drain and making sure that it doesn’t go back in. You can drain clogs that go into the drain of your shower; these come with little holes that allow the water to pass through while catching large, solid objects.
You’ll also want to add some chemicals down the drain every now and again to make sure that no further build-up occurs. You can purchase these chemicals are just about any store and they will be marked so that you know you are buying the right product. Follow the instructions on the back and that will help you keep your drain free of blockage!