It’s going to happen sooner or later, you notice that your sink just isn’t performing like it used to. It’s listless, slow, sometimes nothing happens at all. It means you’ve probably gotten a clog somewhere that’s blocking the works. Usually you can tell if you have a blocked drain is either the sink is slow to empty or isn’t emptying, your outside drain might have fluid or debris coming out of it making a lovely mess on your lawn. At this point, what’s the average Melbourne homeowner going to do? Fortunately you’ve a number of choices for drain cleaning box hill and we’re going to talk about four here today.

What you’ll likely want to consider first depending on your preferences or feelings for natural versus chemical. Some people don’t care what they pour in their drains as long as it does the job while others feel an obligation to the environment and want to inflict as little or no damage as possible. Most of these are going to be a little messy so wear some work clothes so you don’t splash your good pants and feel like a dropkick.

An easy approach includes the handy plumber’s friend, the plunger. This technique will obviously mean you can’t have previously tried pouring chemicals in because it’s going to come back up and that could be messy and painful. First you’ll want to plug the overflow hole; you won’t get a complete vacuum if it’s open so just put a rag or sponge in. Cover the drain with the plunger and ensure water is at least half way up the side. Push down then pull up sharply without breaking the seal you’ve made. Repeat a couple times then on the last one pull up sharply to break the seal. Hopefully you’ll see debris and the culprit in the sink. If not, then you can go with either a plumber’s snake or one of the gadgets they sell now that looks like a long piece of plastic with barbs that you stick in and twist around then pull up.

If you’re stumped at this point, remember your science project (or SOMEONE’s science project) with the volcano? You’ll need a dry area for this so if there’s any water, soak it up or ladle it out. Pour 1 cup of baking soda in followed by 3 cups of boiling water. If that doesn’t work then use baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar, the resulting fizzy action should break up the clog and do the trick. If that didn’t do it then we go to the next option which is related to this one.

Washing soda is a stronger version of baking soda and this also shouldn’t be used if you have already put chemical cleaners in. It is safer than commercial cleaners but it’s still recommended that you wear gloves if you’re using it for a blocked drain. You’ll only use ½ cup of washing soda and ½ cup of boiling water for this.

If you’re just going to put whatever down the sink then you should know what your options are. Commercial drain plumbers Melbourne are either biological in nature, which if you’re green minded is good, or chemical which is effective but really hazardous. The former are going to be less effective than the latter because of the strong chemicals but if you feel strongly about what’s going into Melbourne’s drains then look for an Enzyme based cleaner; these break down the hair, bacteria, whatever has gummed up the works. Chemical cleaners typically use lye to just burn through the mess. Don’t skimp on reading the instructions for using those, they can literally save your skin in case of an accident.

A clogged drain is an annoyance, if you use ongoing maintenance yearly like enzymatic cleaners or just boiling water down the pipes, you’ll find the chances of having this happen less likely. It usually takes just an arvo for most of these to work and get your blocked drain blown away and working normally again.