How To Unclog The Bathroom Drain

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How To Unclog The Bathroom Drain Photo by John Nicholson

Clogging of the bathroom drain is common and unavoidable as soap slime, hairs and other waste will always make their way down the drain and eventually block it. This situation doesn’t always call for specialist help and most of the time you can unblock the drain on your own using some inexpensive tools and methods. There is always a chance though, that the clog is further down the drain or perhaps the amount of clogging or the lump is too large to remove without specialist assistance.

If this is the case, then you need to act fast and get in touch with professional builder. The issue should be a pushover for most qualified specialists and the situation will be resolved in a matter of hours. The easiest way to find a suitable contractor in your area is to get online and search the local business listings. Type in "London builders", for example  and you will be provided with a list of reliable, qualified contractors operating in your locale.

If you want to attempt unblocking on your own, here are some basic tips to help you along the way. There are two types of drains, the U shaped drain and the P shaped drain. The idea is that these specially curved pipes don’t allow for bad smells and gasses to make their way back inside the bathroom. The physics of the contraption are quite simple – waste and water goes down the drain, once you stop the water, the U shape or P shape holds a certain amount of water in one part of the curve therefore preventing bad smells from coming back up again.

  1. Remove the drain cap and check if you can visually see the clog, if there are hairs and soap slime visible down the drain then that’s your problem.
  2. Try to manually remove some of the scum, it is not going to be very pleasant so use a pair of kitchen gloves to make it less yucky.
  3. If the clog is still there, apply the old plunger technique and use pressure to physically yank off the clog.
  4. If this doesn’t work either, then move onto snaking the clog down the drain. For this you need a flexible steel cable, which can be found in all hardware stores, the cable should be about fifty to a hundred centimetres in length and about two to three centimetres thick.

This should do the job but if there is still a problem contant your local building contractor and ask them for help.

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John Nicholson gives DIY advice for your home approved by the professional builders in Clapham

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