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Have Blocked Drains?
Have blocked drains and need a specialist blocked drain plumber? Get your drains unclogged before they become an absolute nightmare, especially when the contents are meant to go down, but continues to come up, and up, and up… You get our point.
Blocked Drains Plumbers?
At Sharpe Services, our blocked drain plumbers understand the urgency of unblocking drains. All our plumbers are friendly, experienced and certified, and equipped with fully stocked vans. This is to ensure that they are ready to unblock drains in all Adelaide Suburbs. Our 24/7 emergency plumbers are available and ready to unblock your drains Within the Hour!
We are Master Plumbers in Adelaide.
The Master Plumbers Association of South Australia Inc is a Membership Association, Group Training Company and a Registered Training Organisation based in South Australia, to promote the on-going protection of community, health and safety through the provision of quality plumbing services.
Six Ways how to clear a blocked drain to unblock blocked drains
Clearing blocked drains, sink, shower, gutters, stormwater or toilet is always a headache. If DIY is your way to go – you’ll find our tips to Unblock Drains, “Six Ways how to clear a blocked drain’ a useful home plumbing guide on how to clear blocked drains. As with all DIY projects you need to consider all of the alternatives and weigh up the pros and cons.
1. Try a Plunger to Unblock Drains
You can’t go past the good old fashion plunger to force the block from the plumbing pipe. It’s the force of the push that forces air through the pipe to clear a clogged drain. Before plunging, cover the overflow with a damp cloth to ensure a drain seal and force the air out through the drain blockage. If you have a double kitchen sink make sure you block off the second drain to ensure good pressure. Try this a few times before you throw your hands in the air. Many home DIY-ers have reported this to be one of the most successful methods.
2. Use Technical Plumbing Equipment to Unblock Drains
You can hire a Drain Auger (AKA Plumber’s Snake or Electric Eel) from most plumbing hire places. However, be aware that these require a bit of skill and experience. They can be quite dangerous, therefore we recommend that drain machines be operated by a certified plumber. These will unblock just about any blocked drain, including tree roots.
I know of an apprentice plumber who had a bad experience when using a snake for the first time. He yelled out, ‘STOP!!!’, to his colleague just as the toilet block was dislodged. For those with a weak stomach I won’t go any further with that story, but needless to say, his wife wasn’t too keen on a kiss that afternoon. The moral of this story is – do wear protective clothing and practice good hygiene after coming into contact with drain fluids.
The drain snake does have the potential to scratch ceramic surfaces of plumbing fixtures and drainage pipes. Drainage pipes are kind of a complicated system and need to be dealt with professional care. We still recommend that a certified plumber, such as any Plumber from Sharpe Services, be contacted.
3. Use of Chemicals
Many of us have been convinced that you need a full chemical arsenal to clear a blocked drain. Drain-O, Hydrochloric Acid or Caustic Soda are commonly used and are available at most hardware stores. You generally pour the substance down the affected drain, leave for 20-30 minutes (refer to instructions), and follow with cold water afterwards. Do not put hot water down immediately after the chemicals as it may spray back up in your face. Follow instructions carefully, and always wear gloves and a breathing mask when dealing with any kind of drain pipe cleaner.
4. Unblocking Drains naturally Naturally
If it’s just soap or fat you could try to unblock it with boiling water, but be careful not to burn yourself or melt the sink seal. Using natural enzymes is also a good place to start, so in the following order try putting 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup bi-carb, 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup hot water. This method is perfectly harmless for you, the sink, pipes, and the environment and can be repeated as often as required. However, it will have limited effect on severe blockages. Alternatively, your local health food stores or chemist may stock the bacteria based enzyme cleaners which are also quite successful at doing the job and they often smell quite pleasant too.
5. The U-Bend check
Before you get carried away with all of the above, check that the blockage is not in the U-bend of the sink. Often food blockages have not got further than the drain directly beneath the sink. Place a bucket under the drain to catch any water or waste, unscrew the two connections and unblock the U-shaped pipe and give it a quick clean to clear your sink drain.
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Contact a licensed Adelaide Plumber at Sharpe Services, ‘We can be there Within the Hour‘ for blocked drain plumbing services. We employ experienced, fully trained plumbers. All our certified plumbers drive well-stocked vans with all the equipment required to quickly carry out most plumbing jobs be it drain unblocking, releasing clogged drains or overall drain cleaning in Adelaide.
Licensed Master Plumbers with the best tools and equipment
We only employ fully trained Master Plumbers and we are a member of the Master Plumbers Association. Our plumbers drive a fully-stocked service vehicle with the full range of common stock items as well as an electric eel and all other tools and ladders. We also have plumbers that specialise in blocked drains and can unblock your drain and repair the pipe without having to dig up your property.
Service Within the Hour
When life throws you a plumbing emergency, call Sharpe Services, our certified plumbers can be there Within the Hour.
We’re ready to fix blocked drains and toilets, hot water systems, all in door or outdoor water leaks and plumbing issues that you may have in your home or office.
Friendly Local Plumbers
Our Local Plumbers are genuinely friendly people who care. They do the job properly, are informative, friendly and clean up before they leave. All with a smile on their face.
You are our lifeblood and we strive to keep you happy!
Sharpe Plumbing Services are industry leaders. We are accredited, insured and trusted advisors when it comes to your property.
With the best-certified tradesman backed by the top lifetime Guarantee, which fully covers all labour beyond the standard 1-year guarantee.
With over 40 years in the industry and 30+ vans located across Adelaide, we’re here for the long run.
We employ fully trained & licenced tradesmen and ensure that they receive continuous training to keep them up to regulations and standards, ensuring you receive only the best.