Recurring blocked drain?
72% of our clients in Cape Town have attempted to unblock their drains before they called us to attend to the reoccurring drain blockage .
Approximately half of those clients have reported that they were concerned that their attempt to unblock their drain had made the situation worse.
Some tools and chemicals may even lead to a leak on your waste water pipes which most often only shows up weeks later.
A small blockage can be rectified with relative ease, but if not removed completely, the blockage will get worse and eventually compact inside the line results in strain on all of the wastewater system.
Attempts to unblock such a blockage with drain rods or a drain snake, will only alleviate the water backed up before the blockage, and perhaps restore the flow of water temporarily , but within a short period of time, the blockage will return.
A drain cleaning specialist using a high pressure drain cleaner, will introduce a water jet cutting tool into your pipe which is designed to clear the drain whilst avoiding any unnecessary pressure on the joins or elbow fittings on your pipes.
The average cost will be the same, as hiring a plumber for this task, but the difference will be evident in the long run.
The following steps are recommended before calling a drain cleaning specialist.
1 Pour a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the toilet, kitchen sink or basin, and wait a few minutes.
2 Slowly pour two cups of vinegar into the toilet. Allow the mixture to settle for approximately 20 minutes and then flush the toilet to determine whether the blockage has been cleared.
3 If the blockage has not cleared yet, pour some dish washing liquid into the toilet, followed by warm water (not boiling water, as this could cause a crack in the toilet bowl). Wait for several minutes for the soap to loosen the blockage. Flush the toilet again.
4 If none of the above mentioned home remedies succeeded, the most effective way to clear the blockage is to contact a professional drain cleaning company who will determine the reason for the blockage as it may be caused by a solid obstruction, such as a toy, which could be further down the line.