Save on Plumbing Fees; Tackle Blockages Yourself
It’s amazing how often a plumber is called out to a home in the UK to fix an issue that could have been handled by the homeowner to save on cash. While plumbers are irreplaceable in times of need, their callout fees add up if you use them for every single drainage issue you have. All you need to do is grin and bear it and take a look at the problem yourself first to see if you can save yourself some much needed money. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post.
When it comes to blocked pipes and toilets, even the unconfident people can have a go of dislodging the blockage without even having to think about emergency plumbing. You just need to know how, and with this step-by-step guide to unblocking toilets and sinks, you’ll never be unsure again.
Unblocking a Toilet
- Don’t flush it! You don’t want to have to cope with overflowing toilet water too, do you?
- Grab a plunger and see if you can loosen the blockage.
- Make sure you wear some gloves, just in case you have to try and manually remove the issue.
- Once you think you’ve shifted it, flush the toilet and hopefully, the water will drain as normal.
Unblocking a Bath/Shower
- Pour a mix of baking soda and vinegar down the plughole and flush through with warm water.
- If this doesn’t shift it, you may need to take a look at the U-bend. Remove the side panel from the bath, locate the first bend in the pipe beneath the plughole and unscrew it. Shift the blockage with a coat hanger or similar and screw the pipes firmly back together.
- Showers can be a little more complicated – you may need the help of a plumber for standalone units.
Unblocking a Sink
- Clear the plughole of any debris
- Flush through a mix of baking soda and vinegar which will fizz in the pipe and hopefully break down any blockage.
- Flush through warm water after you have left the above mix to work for a few minutes.
- If it’s a stubborn blockage, use a small amount of bleach if you think that’s necessary – leave it overnight to do its magic.
- If it’s still a problem, drain the sink. Locate the first bend in the pipe underneath (the U-bend), unscrew and try to dislodge the problem – use a hooked coat hanger if necessary. Screw the pipe back together and flush water through to check you’ve shifted the debris.
Of course, sometimes, the only thing you can do is call a plumber to come and solve your issue – make sure you’ve analysed the problem as much as you can first so that you can be sure you’re not spending money on an engineer when you could have done it yourself, for free.