Thursday, April 7, 2016

Homeowner Issues: Plumbing

As a homeowner, plumbing issues are the absolute worst. A couple of months ago,  we had a blocked drain that ended up with sewage in our basement.  We called plumbers to come out right away.  They came out and used a snake to clear our line and everything was we thought. That night we got a lot of rain and when we woke up, our basement was completely flooded. We lost almost everything we had down there including photos, furniture, clothing, etc. Turns out, when they put the snake down the drain, they didn't go out far enough and there was still a blockage. When it rained, the rain didn't have anywhere to go and it all backed up into our basement. Our basement was full of both rain and sewage. Gross! 

What causes a drain to block? If you have ever experienced a blocked drain in your home then you know what a problem it can be. It does not matter which drain is blocked; the issue needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. It may not be obvious what is causing the blockage in the drain, but there are some likely causes that commonly exist. One of the easiest ways of resolving a problem with a blocked drain is to look up plumbers in places like Sydney and choose one to take a look at the issue. Often the plumber will not know exactly what is blocking the drain but they will put their experience and expertise to use making sure the blockage is cleared for you. In our case, we had a variety of things courtesy of our children including a Ring Pop! 

What can be the causes of a blocked drain? 

Different situations cause different drains to block, so different causes exist depending on what type of drain is involved. If you are having a problem with a blockage in a drain in your kitchen then this is more than likely caused by a combination of grease and oil stuck to the inside of the drain and food particles which have become trapped as a result. Of course, the situation is different in the bathroom where most sink and shower drain blockages are caused by human debris such as hairs and dead skin. One of the worst problems you can have with a blocked drain is when your toilet blocks. This happens when something that will not dissolve easily is flushed. Often this can be something as simple as a child attempting to flush a pile of toilet paper. 

How can a drain be unblocked? 

The easiest option, when it comes to dealing with a blocked drain in your home, is to call a professional plumber to help. If you would rather try and solve the problem yourself first, here are some things you may want to try:

 •​If you have a blockage in a sink drain in your home then you should try pouring boiling water down it. You should only do this if your household piping is metallic. If your pipes are made from PVC then the water you use should be hot rather than boiling. Often, boiling water can remove smaller blockages; it can also help to soften those that are more stubborn.

 •​If you do not have any success pouring boiling water down the drain then it’s a good idea to use a plunger.

 •​For blockages which are further down the drain, a drain snake can be useful. This tool can help to dislodge those difficult to reach blockages.

 •​The most obvious way of clearing a blockage in a toilet is to use a plunger. The vast majority of the time this should release a simple blockage.

These are the most common causes of a blocked drain, together with some of the methods you can use to solve the problem. If you cannot solve the problem yourself, or you do not want to spend the time doing so, then it’s a good idea to just call a professional plumber to help you out.


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