Blocked Drains & Toilets – Plumbing Problems & How to Avoid Them!

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Blocked drains and toilets are two of the most common plumbing concerns. Today at Bishops Plumbers, we will discuss various solutions to your blocked drain and toilet issues, and give you an indication of when to give us a call.

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How to Spot a Blocked Drain or Toilet

How do you spot a clogged drain? The answer is simple. When emptying the sink or taking a shower and you are seeing water backing up, you have clogged drains. In showers, this could result in you standing in a puddle due to the water not draining.

Signs of a toilet clog are more obvious from the get-go. The water backs up in the toilet bowl and may even overflow instead of flushing regularly. Your toilet or drains will normally return to normal after the obstruction has been removed with some simple (albeit gross) effort or a visit from a plumber. (Like us, Bishops Plumbing, we cover Brighton, Hove & other areas across Sussex!)

How To Unblock a Sink

The Cause:
Simply put, clogged and slow drains occur when there is a partial or complete blockage. The causes of this do vary, but let’s use the example of hair being the main culprit in the shower or other foreign items such as the lid of a shampoo bottle. Solid items like shampoo bottle lids get stuck and will not be able to move through the pipe, which in turn causes water to struggle to pass the blockage and down the pipes. Other reasons for drain blockages can include:

  • Grease Build up
  • Broken Pipes
  • Food Scraps
  • Poor Water Flow
  • Blocked Drains
  • Water Tank Pressure
  • Infant wipes flushed down the toilet
  • Older / Damaged Pipework

The Solution
Time to whip out the plunger. This works on both toilets and drains, using air pressure to help loosen the clogs. Move the plunger up and down to create suction by placing the open end completely over the drain. Use an item like tweezers to grab the clump and remove it from the drain if you can get the blockage near enough.

If you are unable to remove the obstruction with a plunger, chemical drain cleaners are the next choice.

(Note: Drain cleaners can cause damage to pipes over time with regular use, so this is the last resort option)

Prevent blockage and clogs by only flushing breakable waste products down the toilet. Watch your little angels closely too, so they don’t flush toys or other large items down the toilet.

If something falls into the toilet, fish it out instead of trying to flush it (It’s worth it!).

In showers, opt for a hair catcher over the drain so loose strands don’t collect inside the drain pipe. Try to keep loose strands of hair out of sinks to prevent further clogging.

When to Get in Touch?

Let the professionals (Such as your friendly Bishops Plumbers) handle clogged drains/toilets if you can’t easily remove the blockage yourself.

It’s also worth calling us when you get repeated clogs in the same drain. We will be able to fix the problem to prevent future clogs without damage to the pipe.

We offer free, no-obligation quotes. Contact us by visiting our contact page to get in touch with one of our experienced and friendly team!

You can also find out more about our drain and sink unblocking services, by visiting our Drain Unblocking page.

Bishops Plumbers Brigthon & West Sussex

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