How to unblock a drain
Depending on the type of blockage, and where it is, we have a number of ways to clear your drains and have them running smoothly again. Blockages are commonly built up of fat and grease, baby wipes or leaves and soil, they form a solid mass on the outside of the drains and slowly build up until there is a noticeable blockage. To clear this completely requires equipment to break apart the blockage and flush it through the systems.
Our high pressure water jetting equipment is able to clear the toughest of blockages. The pressure of the water breaks up the blockage and flushes it through the drainage system to enable the pipe to run freely. Jetting works as an efficient method for drain unblocking as it breaks down common causes of blockages, such as fat and grease.
Some blockages are smaller and not so stubborn, and therefore do not need the power of the water jet. Specialist drain rods and rotary mechanical rods will be more practical in these situations. Drain rods can be bought fairly cheaply from a number of stores or online, however as with drain cleaner, they are unlikely to work as well as professional equipment and may only solve the problem temporarily.
Common causes of blocked drains
The most common culprit of a clogged toilet is baby wipes. Baby wipes do not break down, and are not flushable despite some claiming to be.
Other common toilet blockages are sanitary items, nappies, and tissue paper other than toilet paper that is not designed to be flushed. Household cleaners and toilet unblocker will not have any lasting effect on these items.
Calls to unclog a toilet are quite common, as a lot of people aren’t aware that wipes are not flushable. Dispose of these in the bin and avoid costly blockages or potential damage to your drainage system.
Kitchen sinks are a victim of grease, fats and oils! Food waste should always be disposed of in the bin or in compost, and by-products of cooking should be treated the same way. Fat, grease and oil from pans and plates is washed down the sink and even in small amounts will gradually build up around the edge of the pipes, resulting in a clogged drain.
Blocked bathroom sinks are usually blocked by hair, and a build-up of toiletry products, such as face wash, soap and toothpaste. Help things run smoothly by washing these products down well with water, and have a hair trap over the plughole.
General cleaning products, sink unblocker and DIY methods can help to alleviate the problem, but again this is only a very short term solution.
Blocked baths and showers
Again this is very likely to be caused by hair, and a build-up of products. A hair trap over the plugholes will stop the majority of it being washed down the drain, greatly reducing the chance of a blockage.
Blocked outside drain
Outside drains are most commonly blocked by a build-up of silt, leaves and debris. If the drain from the sink seems to be blocked, then it is likely to be a build-up of fat and grease.
Your outside drainage system contains many elements, including manholes, soil pipes, rainwater pipes, foul water drains and surface water drains. If you are unsure of where the blockage may be, we can carry out a CCTV survey to discover the location and cause.
Blocked Drain Solutions
Here at Suddenstrike Drain care, we have the solution to your drainage needs. Our expert team can be with you within 24 hours or at a time to suit you. We serve customers all across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, we are based in Nantwich and have great access to the surrounding areas.
Blocked Drain Responsibility
The drains within the borders of your property are your responsibility, in this instance you can call us, anything outside of that is the responsibility of water and sewage companies, in the North West this will be United Utilities. These rules changed in 2011, and responsibilities shifted, so if you are not familiar with this take a look at our page which shows who is responsible, or head over to United Utilities.
We have experienced and fully trained drain care technicians here at Suddenstrike, and with years of experience we have developed great relationships with local businesses and maintained an excellent reputation.
Our drain care team is fully equipped with the best and latest equipment, including a high pressure jetter, and CCTV drain survey camera. With this equipment, and expertise from our team, we will get to the source of your drain problems and offer you a quick solution.
Get in touch for a quick and easy resolution for your blocked drains, we can offer a free quote over the phone, and get our team to you ASAP. Call 01270 619 147, or email us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org