Dealing with Blocked Drains – yourself

December 18th, 2009

There are times when, no matter how careful you are, you will need to call an emergency plumber. London is full of old drains and sewers that are working far beyond the capacity that they were designed for. As a leading emergency drainage company in London, we at IQ Plumbing Services see many blocked drains – some of them quite serious blockages underground, and some which are easily dealt with indoors.

If you get a blocked sink, it may not be the underground drain at fault. Start by using a rubber plunger: place it tightly over the drain hole and pump vigorously. If this doesn’t work, there is a sink trap below the sink that you can remove by using a tool as commonly found as a wrench. Be sure to have a bucket underneath to catch the flow, and a piece of wire to remove any debris. When the trap is replaced, it is advised that new gaskets are used.

If the sink is still blocked after being flushed through again, you will need to call the emergency plumbers; London has plenty to choose from.

Toilet blockages are more difficult. You cannot use hot water as this can cause the enamel to crack, and caustic chemicals are environmentally unfriendly. If a plunger doesn’t work, it is best to call an emergency drainage company. They will most likely use a plumber’s “snake” to begin with – an adjustable auger with a sprung coil that is worked along the pipe. This will clear most clogs and is an inexpensive repair.

We at IQ Plumbing Services can clear most blockages in just a few minutes, for very little cost.