How Emergency Plumbers clear Blocked Drains

December 21st, 2009

When you call emergency plumbers in London, they will initially want to know how much, if anything, the householder has done already to rectify whatever plumbing issue is in question. They will ask if, for example, you have checked the sink trap in the kitchen. Or, if it’s a toilet blockage, if you have used a plunger or snake auger to try and shift it. Bath tubs are cleared by placing a cloth over the overflow before pumping the drain with a plunger. If this hasn’t worked then the plumber will use cabling to shift the blockage.

We at IQ Plumbing Services are a leading emergency drainage company and know all the tricks of the trade, thus we have various tools at our disposal. The ones used for heavy duty, blocked drains outdoors are different to those used for plumbing maintenence indoors. Heavy steel coils must not be used to clear the traps under bathtubs, sinks or toilets – these need a lighter, more flexible type of wire.

To clear floor drains, the grating is first removed and a hooked wire, auger or spatula used to clear out the debris. If you have called out a plumber to a London home that is 30 years old or less then it is worth checking if there is a removable trap to facilitate cleaning.

After debris is cleared, the plumber will pour hot water and/or a proprietary biodegradable cleaning agent down the drain, and clear the strainer thoroughly. One important tip we at IQ Plumbing Services give to householders is to regularly flush out floor drains that are not often used.

Among this, IQ Plumbing Services can offer advice in regards to blocked drains and other such issues after we have visited your home, in order to prevent you having to experience the inconvenience of such problems occuring again.

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