Effective ways to unblock a drain 

Effective ways to unblock a drain 

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Have you started to notice the sink draining slower than normal? Or maybe you’re standing in your own personal swimming pool when taking a shower. 
A blocked drain is a burden we all bear at some point. If you’re searching for ways to unblock your drain, you’ve come to the right place. 
Blocked drains are a common household problem that rarely happens at a convenient time. When water starts to drain slowly or not at all, it's a sign that there's something blocking the pipe. This is usually caused by a build-up of grease, food waste, hair, or other debris. 
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What are the signs of a blocked drain? 

If you’re unsure that your drain is blocked, here are some early warning signs to watch out for: 
• Foul smells, 
• Slow drainage, 
• Your drain is overflowing, 
• Gurgling sounds. 
For more information on the signs to watch out for, check out our previous blog where we discuss ‘Signs that indicate you have a blocked drain’. 
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, then you’re most likely dealing with a blockage. Fortunately, there are several ways to unblock a drain that can be effective and simple to do. In this blog, we'll delve into some of the best ways to unblock a drain. 

Effective ways to unblock a drain 


Using a plunger is one of the easiest and most effective ways to unblock a drain. It's also a cost-effective solution that doesn't require any harsh chemicals. Simply fill up the sink or bathtub with enough water that covers the plunger. Then place the plunger over the drain and pump up and down vigorously. The suction created by the plunger should dislodge the blockage and allow the water to flow freely. 
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Baking Soda and Vinegar 

Another effective method for unblocking a drain is using baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before flushing the drain with hot water. By combining baking soda and vinegar, the chemical reaction should dissolve the blockage. 

Plumbing Snake 

A plumbing snake is a long, flexible cable that can be used to remove blockages that are deeper in the drain. Put the snake down the drain and twist it until you feel resistance. Pull and push the snake gently for a few seconds until the blockage is dislodged. Although this method requires more effort, it is effective at removing stubborn blockages. 

Wet/Dry Vacuum 

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, you can use it to remove a blockage in your drain. Set the vacuum to liquid mode and create a tight seal around the drain with the hose. Let the vacuum run for a few seconds to suck out the blockage. 

Chemical Drain Cleaners 

Chemical drain cleaners can be effective at removing blockages, but they can also be harsh and corrosive. They should be used as a last resort and only if other methods have failed. Follow the instructions provided by the cleaning product and use protective gloves and eyewear to avoid contact with chemicals. 
By trying these methods, you should be able to unblock your drain and prevent future blockages from happening. However, if the blockage persists or if you're not comfortable doing it yourself, get in touch with Semilong Services today. Our team of drainage experts are equipped to handle any blockage, but if we can’t clear the blockage – you won’t pay a penny! 
If you need emergency assistance with a blocked drain, call us today on 01604 492701.  
Alternatively, visit the contact us page for all other enquiries. 
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