Who said roofing contractors focus solely on repair and replacement of roof materials? They are also skilled in other facets that are closely associated with shelter covering and the areas surrounding it.
What is more, they know all too well that many a homeowner like to get their hands dirty on tasks such as drain unblocking, but wouldn’t mind a bit of advice on the matter.
As a serious do it yourself fundi, you may want to get your hand dirty and get stuck into sludge subtraction, but you are in need of a bit of guidance in doing so. This is where roofers can provide handy advice to assist you in drain clearing. Bear in mind that in certain parts of America it is regarded as illegal to carry out any kind of plumbing work yourself unless you happen to be certified plumber of course. See the following guidelines if you are able to do this yourself:
Step one, purchase a plunger
Step two, find the vents that are overflowing and cover it with a wet cloth. Ensure you cover the second drain if you intend working on a double sink. Bathrooms equipped with interconnected plumbing should have all the drains covered as well as any overflowing vents. Also, ensure you rub some Vaseline on the rim of your plunger, then fill your sink with just enough water to cover the head of your plunger
The third step would be to get plunging until the pressure eventually forces the blockage out. Ensure you cover the whole drain with the plunger before you start pushing it up and down. A good rule of thumb is to aim for at least 15 or more plunges before you stop. Do not give up if you are not successful. But, try again and again.
Next, you need to pour down a strong chemical drain cleaner for minor blockages. Contractors do not recommend you do this for full blockages as some chemicals are not kind to certain fixtures
If all else fail, then you should try a drain and trap auger where you would remove the drain strainer, then feed the auger wire inside the blocked drain. Ensure you keep winding the handle while tightening and loosening its thumbscrew while the wire goes down a little further into the drain. The moment you hit something, is when you should jerk the wire back and forth after which you would gently remove the auger wire, but doing so slowly.
Should there still be no luck, then you may want to try getting a bucket to remove the cleanout plug that is situated under your sink to catch the water and debris that will most likely pour out? Take a wire coat hanger to try and dislodge the stuck object. If you are not successful, then you must try the drain and trap auger once again, but this time you will feed it upwards.
If after all the trying and sweating you may find that your house is now flooded, and you desperately need a reputed contractor to come to your rescue. They will make use of their water jetter and specialized drain camera equipment so they can see what is causing the problem, and resolve it.
There are four rules to successfully clearing a drain that is blocked:
- Ensure you always wear top quality rubber gloves you can wash once the job is over and done. Besides, you would handle rods that went deep into the blockage.
- Do not overthink the smell you have to contend with.
- Stand clear of the area once you reach the stage where the drain begins to gurgle and empty itself.
- Be sure always to turn the rods in a similar direction as you do not want to unscrew the drain in error.
Experienced plumbers often recommend the rubber plunger for getting rid of matted willow roots as these are quite delicate and can easily be wielded by a steady hand.
Another thing is to calculate the distance from your drain cover to the road outside. Each of the rods is a yard long. Therefore, it is easy to work out how far the rods lines need to be so they may penetrate the area. Continually moving the rods will eventually dislodge any blockage. The key to being successful in your do-it-yourself efforts is to be patient as the drain can take time to unblock.