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Sep 10, 2013

A Homeowner’s Concern: Dealing with Blocked Drains in Crawley Homes the Right Way

Back in November 2012, the Hartford Courant received a query about surefire ways to tell whether a main line sewer needs to be cleaned. Angie Hicks of renowned consumer review site Angie’s List happily obliged with some great answers. Hicks writes that homeowners should watch out for such red flags as water backing out of a drain or toilet, slow draining, gurgling sounds from the drains, or the smell of raw sewage emanating from the drains, which should be rather hard to ignore.

Hicks explains that a clogged main line sewer can affect all the plumbing fixtures in a home, which means that any time a homeowner turns on a faucet or uses the shower, the chances of a sewer backup increase. Meanwhile, clogged secondary lines can be just as problematic. Homeowners are thus advised to deal with blocked drains in Crawley without any delay to prevent matters from worsening.

Hicks adds that drains may get clogged for various reasons, but primarily due to poor waste disposal habits. Some people, for example, indiscriminately flush paper towels or personal care products like tampons and sanitary napkins down the toilet. If you’re guilty of such a beastly habit, you might have to contact a reputable plumbing company for professional drain clearing in Crawley sooner than you have to.

Blocked drains are certainly not confined to the loo, but are also experienced in kitchens. If you ever feel tempted to dispose of food items in the kitchen sink, think twice and instead discard them properly in the trash bin, unless your sink drain is equipped with a mechanized food waste disposal unit. The longer you continue with such bad habits, the more likely your drain and sewer lines are to get clogged. In any case, you might want to contact skilled plumbing specialists like Drips & Drains Plumbing & Drainage Services for any drain clearing concerns.

Hicks further stresses that any problem related to the water lines must be dealt with professionally. While blocked drains can occasionally be cleared with minimal intrusion, you’ll certainly need the help of experienced plumbers like the ones from Drips & Drains Plumbing & Drainage Services for severe drain blockages. You’re liable to make matters worse if you attempt to unstop a clogged drain when you neither possess the necessary skill or equipment for the task.

Household drains are designed to carry household waste to a public sewer, which is why you’ll want to keep them clog-free at all times. To prevent raw sewage from backing up and causing a great deal of damage, keep these warnings signs in mind and know when to contact a qualified plumber.

May 30, 2013

Blocked drains

blocked drainsBlocked drains are one of the most common problems in any household.

Whether it’s a sink, basin or toilet, drains get blocked every day and cause a lot of headaches. Pouring bleach down the sink works to a certain extent, but after a while something has to be done to unblock it. And if you’re in charge of a public building like a school or then the drains are probably going to need a whole lot more than just bleach.

The best piece of advice when dealing with blocked drains is: don’t try and unblock it yourself. Drainage services companies often find that when they are called out, they have to deal with a much worse problem than it the customer hadn’t tampered with the drain themselves. Rather than just dealing with the blocked drain, they suddenly find themselves confronted with a blocked and damaged drain, creating much more work. This is not only frustrating for the drain clearance company, but ends up costing the client much more.

There are two principle methods used by drain clearance companies to clear blocked drains. The first is manual rodding. Manual rodding is pretty much what you think it is: using a long metal rod to manually clear any debris blocking the drain. It is useful where there isn’t much space, but amateur attempts at doing this are one of the biggest causes of drain damage. It may sound like a spectacularly simple methodology, but it is a lot more involved than one might assume.

The second, far more exciting technique is that of high pressure jetting. Again, the moniker given the technique makes an explanation almost redundant. However, it is worth noting that high pressure water jetting is so effective that it is also used for a number of other applications, such as cleaning gum of pavements and car parks. When there is enough space to properly utilise it, high pressure jetting is the most effective way of clearing blocked drains, as it also cleans residue from the side of the drain that could otherwise eventually build up into a blockage.

As such, high pressure jetting is a technique that is sometimes used pre-emptively to prevent blockages, rather than waiting for the drain to get blocked at all. This is particularly useful for large public buildings where a blocked drain could easily spell disaster and lost working time.

Blocked drains can be an enormous headache. The best thing you can do to avoid further headaches in the future, is call a professional.

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Chris arrived same the morning I called, within an hour and a half and successfully unblocked my drain quickly. He had to go and get petrol for the power jetter but kept me informed and was very quick. I would use him again and recommend him. Very satisfied with his work, time keeping and politeness. Good job done thank you.

Customer in Tunbridge Wells, 4 October 2012

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