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How to Clear a Blocked Pipe

Blocked pipes can cause a lot of hassle for building owners, whether the pipe is situated in your house or a large commercial property. In order to avoid serious damage to your property, blocked drains need to be cleared as quickly as possible. However, this can be difficult to do, and taking the wrong steps in attempting to clear the drains can cause existing issues to worsen. This article will look at the best and most effective ways to clear your drains safely.

How to Clear a Blocked Pipe

Chemical clearing

One method of clearing drains is to use a chemical unblocker. These drain unblockers can be found in most supermarkets and stores, and they work simply by pouring the chemicals down the drain and waiting for them to break down the blockage.

Drain rods

These are the most commonly used drain clearing apparatus across the world. If you know that a blockage is some way down the drain, then you can join several drain rods together to create a rod that is as long as you need it to be to remove the drain blockage safely.

Drain snake

Although it may sound high tech, it is actually a simple piece of equipment that can be used without professional assistance. It consists of a flexible metal rope with a metal spiral at the end that is used to break up drain blockages. This is very useful for quick fixes, rather than large scale drainage issues.

Boiling water

This method is the easiest option of those mentioned in this article, but it is also only really effective for small drain blockages. Simply boil the kettle and pour boiling water down the drain. It is important that you do this slowly, in stages, as the time between each stage allows the hot water to work on breaking the blockage down. This requires no extra purchase (unless you don’t have a kettle), and requires minimum work.

Drain survey

This process should only be carried out by professional drainage companies, not least because they have access to the proper equipment. This method uses remote controlled cameras that are fed down the drain, which then relays images of the drain to monitors. From there, the drainage experts can decide what action to take in order to clear your drains without damaging your property.

It is important that you do not attempt unblocking any drain if you are unsure of how to go about it. If you are unsure, seek the assistance of a professional drainage company who can remove the blockage safely.

Jet Rod are specialists in providing drain unblocking services for domestic and commercial customers. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help.

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