You will no doubt be familiar with the drain in the floor of the utility areas of your home, such as the basement or the laundry room. Any run off and grime from the appliances in the room tends to find its way down this drain. It’s unsurprising that floor drains can have a tendency to become blocked. If this happens then there can be flooding in the room, or the steady build-up of a pool of water.
This is why it’s so important to make sure any blockage is remedied as quickly as possible. You should never just ignore a problem with a floor drain in your home. The good news is that there are steps you can take to try and fix the problem yourself, in the first instance. We are going to take a look at some of the things you may want to try.
Using a plunger to clear the blockage
Most people have a plunger in their home so this is usually the best place to start if you find yourself experiencing a problem with a blocked floor drain. Before you use the plunger you should ideally spread some petroleum jelly along the edge. This gives a better seal when you attach the plunger to the drain. Once you have attached the plunger then you need to give several strong plunges; six or seven is a good average.
It’s easy to tell if this solution has worked; all you have to do is pour a few glasses of water down the drain and watch to see if the water clears from the area.
Using a cleaning solution
The one thing you should never do if you experience a blocked floor drain in your home is use a commercial drain cleaner. These solutions can be very strong and they can actually end up damaging the drain. If you want to try to clean the drain yourself you should use solutions such as baking soda and vinegar.
All you have to do is remove the cover from the drain put some rubber gloves on and then get ready to clean. You should actually be able to reach into the drain and grab the sludge and grime to remove it. If you need to remove any smaller areas of sediment it’s a good idea to use an old tooth brush.
After you have done all of this cleaning work you should swill the drain with plenty of hot water and leave it open for around ten minutes. After the ten minutes has elapsed you should empty a packet of baking soda down the drain, sprinkling it for even distribution. You should follow the baking soda with white vinegar. The two combine to create a very effective home produced drain cleaner. You should then swill the drain with hot water again.
If you have problems with a blocked floor drain in your home you can see that there are ways you can try and resolve the issue yourself. If you are not comfortable doing this, or you are not successful, you should contact a plumber in Sydney. They will put their experience and expertise to use to clear the drain for you.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written and pictures provided by Jesse Hughes.
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