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There are many answers on how to deal with a blocked drain on Google. The most obvious answer though is – don’t let it happen in the first place! There are many things you can do to avoid a blocked drain. Here are a few tips right up front.

Don’t just flush… there are things that do not belong in your toilet – and that list includes everything that isn’t sewerage or toilet paper. People flush feminine hygiene products, nappies, food, and wet wipes down the loo. All these things can cause blockages. Use the toilet as it was meant to be used.

Don’t rinse your oil into the sink… we normally rinse our frying pans and plates with oil or butter or any fats straight into the sink. But what we don’t know is that this can cause major blockages as the fat cools it hardens and thickens and can stick to the pipe walls – this is a major cause of a blocked drain.

Teach your children (and yourself!) to use the bin. Don’t wash food down the kitchen sink. Don’t wash gunk down the bathroom sink. Don’t throw rubbish into the toilet. When it comes to little children, education and discipline are important to protect your plumbing. Toddlers love throwing and flushing – even some of their favourite toys are sent for a swim! Teach them early and prevent a blocked drain.

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Those are the most common causes of blocked drains in homes. Once a blocked drain is causing you trouble, there are a few things you can try before calling for the blocked drain plumber. Do-it-yourself is never a great option but if money is tight – these are a few things to try that won’t cause any further damage.

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A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can be poured down the sink and left for a few hours before flushing through with water. This can dissolve blockages if they are caused by biological materials. If you think the problem might be grease and oil, you can use baking soda and salt, followed by boiling water and that might help strip the fat off the pipe walls. A plunger can also be used, if you know how to use it correctly.

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If these techniques fail it is time to call for the blocked drain Polokwane specialists. The plumber will assess your blocked drain and what you have attempted to unblock it. At this point they will probably use a plumber’s auger (otherwise known as a snake.) This will be put down the drain until the blockage is found. This is not something that anyone who is untrained should attempt. Using a plumber’s auger incorrectly can cause damage to the pipes and you could be left with a bigger problem than the one you originally started with.

Another thing that a blocked drain plumber might look at is the ‘trap’ – a section in the pipe below the kitchen sink and in toilets. This trap is there to prevent the sewer gas from rising and affecting our homes. These parts are not expensive and can easily be replaced by a professional should they be the cause of the blocked drain.

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