Clean your pipes regularly and prevent a catastrophic flooding in your home
Savvy homeowners have their pipes professionally cleaned every three to five years as a part of a preventive maintenance schedule.
As with our arteries, the pipes in our home need a ‘detox’ on occasion. Failing to do so leads to clogs or chokes and when (not if) this happens at the most inopportune time, it will be a traumatic experience.
We’ll tell you here what you could do to prevent it, and also what you can do if this message is already coming to you too late.
All plumbing systems develop clogs—there's no way to avoid it. But, armed with the right tools and techniques, you can easily unplug stopped-up drains without having to call a professional to clear stubborn clogs in a kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet and floor drain.
However, if you still can't clear a clog after a few attempts, admit defeat and turn the job over to a PUB (Pubic Utilities Board)-licensed plumber from iimafix. Never exert too much force unclogging a pipe- we do not want you permanently damaging a pipe or fixture, or even yourself!
Special plumbing tools to combat clogs are widely available at any hardware store
If you do not know already what a plunger is, well this ‘thing’ will be your best friend when in need to clears clogs from most fixtures, including sinks, tubs and toilets.
To dislodge clogs located farther down the drainpipe, use a cable auger, or plumber's snake - a long, flexible steel cable wound around a spool that's fitted with a hand crank. Cable augers are available in lengths up to 100 feet, though a 25-foot model will suffice for most any household clog. A closet auger is specifically made for snaking out toilets. It is bent at a precise angle to fit through the tight curves of a toilet trap.
As such, if you require any plumbing works that goes beyond a 20-minute DIY job, you should always insist on a Licensed Plumber. This protects you, the consumer, from shoddy workmanship which could lead to more complicated problems. Click here to book a Licensed Plumber with immafix.
– A rather non-invasive method using Vinegar and Soda
|1.||Pour a litre of boiling water into the drain opening and let it soak for 10 minutes.|
|2.||Sprinkle the drain with the entire contents of a box of baking soda, trying to distribute it evenly.|
|3.||Follow up with a litre of bottle of white vinegar. Combined with the baking soda, it will fizz up and create a powerful cleaning action.|
|4.||Once again, let everything sit for 10 minutes.|
|5.||Then slowly flush with an additional litre of boiling water.|
If that didn’t do the trick, go old school….
Most minor sink clogs can be cleared with a plunger. Partially fill the sink with water, then start plunging. Vigorously work the plunger up and down several times before quickly pulling it off the drain opening.
If plunging still doesn't work, read on………
– Get that whippin’ snake in there!
Toilet clogs almost always occur at the top of the tight, up-curving trap that's part of the fixture. In some cases, a plunger can provide enough power to clear the way, but more often than not, you'll have to use a closet auger.
If all else fails……
– For tough to reach and stubborn clogs at floor drains engage an electric/manual auger (aka plumber snake)
A floor drain tends to be neglected and often doesn't get the regular cleaning it needs for optimal performance. It swallows up all kinds of sludge and grime like runoff from appliances; and soap scum, hair, and lint from the washing machine. Occasionally an overload causes a clog, which can result in water backup and even flooding. In many homes, there are floor drains that carry away wastewater from washing machines. Over time, these drains collect large quantities of soap scum, laundry lint, sand and slimy bacteria that crystallize inside the long drainpipe. To break through these tough blockages, you'll need a manual plumber’s snake. If that breaks too much of a sweat, you’ll need the extra clog-clearing muscle of an electric power auger.
– Prevention is better than a cure after all!
Make sure that you're not using too much detergent/soap when you wash your clothes. Also, tell members of your family what can't be poured down the drains, such as grease or fat. Cool any fat and put in the trash rather than tipping it down the drain where it will just congeal later.
– Let iimafix do it
Simply hire a PUB-licensed iimafix plumber for reliable plumbing repair and maintenance.