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Domestic Blockage

Domestic internal waste pipework can become quite easily blocked with years of constant use, this can be anything from hair, grease, to kitchen waste, etc. It is false economy delay clearing a block because not only will the water stop flowing, but the rancid horrible smells from the drain from all the rotting materials will be present inside the home. There are solutions for sale that can be used in to try and solve a blockage in a pipe. But, these are sometimes quite hazardous to the health of anyone using them if not used in the right way. The waste pipes in the home handle many horrible things such as food and human waste so it is no surprise that these solvents are sold. Falconwood Plumbers can use a sink plunger to unblock a sink. A simple device exists that has been around for years that can usually deal with a blockage in for example a kitchen sink. It is called a sink plunger. Sizes can vary but the basic principle of operation is the same for all, and that is, to create a partial vacuum in the system to try and move the blockage. A Falconwood Plumber is trained to unblock all pipework.

Plunging or Rodding a Sink Drain.
Place the plunger over the drain and cover just with a small amount of water, enough cover the plunger base.
Now pump up and down a few times to create the vacuum. You might need to do this several times if it does not do the trick first go.
Blocked pipes that are in difficult to access can be dealt with by something called a drain rod. As it’s name implies it is a long narrow rod that can be up to 6metres in length and made up of threaded sections that screw together to form one long piece if required. Push the rod down inside the pipework and the end of the rod that has a corkscrew piece should tangle itself with the mass, so it can be dragged out. Sometimes the trap underneath the sink can become blocked, so ensure you have a bowl situated under the trap. Once this is done you can undo the trap and hopefully clear the block, usually removing it by hand, and any water should fall into the bowl. As soon as the block is clear you can put it back together (hand tight usually) and make sure there is no leaks etc.

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