Blocked Drains: 3 DIY Remedies to Avoid

Summer is practically gone: I know it’s sad, but this is Ireland. This means that we will very soon holding our umbrellas in the middle of rainy and windy days or be walking around with our semi-wet jacket and hair. One of the things the cold season brings, apart from the flu, is blocked drains.

This is due to the fact that the outside drains may become blocked after heavy rains collecting dirt, leaves and other type of waste that can build up and block drains.

For us it’s very common to be called during heavy rains and storms because of blocked drains. Drains are generally not designed to manage large volumes of water. Blocked outside drains can cause flooding and damage to gardens and property.

Here is a list of remedies you might be tempted to adopt for a quick and cheap fix, but that can end up in a bad result on short or longer term:

1 – Using a Garden Hose: a Blocked Drains Wrong Remedy

Blocked Drains 1Incorrect use of high pressure in your drains can result in damage to the pipes that you may or may not notice straight away. It may also cause water to erupt back up out of the drain, destroying the surrounding areas.

2 – Overusing Chemicals

Blocked Drains

Chemical drain cleaners damage PVC, galvanized steel, copper, and iron pipes, as well as fixtures.  They should never be used on a completely clogged drain. They are extremely corrosive and also hold a danger to the people using them, as they can burn through clothes and skin!

3 – Clothes Hanger

Blocked Drains Wrong remedy

It’s a common misconception that placing a hanger down your drain will remove a blockage this is not the case! It will cause more damage than good in the long run.

Over the years we have also come across people that have tried to use professional tools without having any experience. These tools are only for professional use and require training and experience. Irreversible damage can be caused to your plumbing and drainage system if these tools are used incorrectly. And in case you are wandering..no, watching a Youtube video does not count as professional training!

Drainage work is significant and complex. It requires knowledge, and our skilled specialists will fix your problem in the most efficient, fast and valuable way. Here you will find more info about our drain cleaning services. For any drainage or plumbing issue don’t hesitate to call us on 1890 812 860!

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