One of the key things to remember during the winter is that if the flow of water in your drains is inhibited at any point, it’s far more likely to block. To reduce this risk, it’s a good idea to ensure the drains are kept as free from debris as possible.
This means regularly clearing leaves, twigs and other debris from the gutters and gullies and using a grate of some sort to cover any open gullies. It’s also important to watch what you pour down the drains. Substances like cooking fat and grease can easily congeal in the pipes and cause blockages.
for Homemade Drain Cleaner
You Will Need:
2 cups baking soda
4 cups boiling water
1 cup vinegar
Directions for Homemade Drain Cleaner:
Remove all water from the sink or tub and pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Make sure that baking soda makes it down the drain.
Next, pour about 2 Cups of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda mixed with boiling water dissolves the sludge and gunk in the pipe, even if you don’t see it happening. Wait a few minutes.
Now, pour another cup baking soda down the drain then add 1 cup of white vinegar and plug the drain immediately. If you’re unclogging a double sink, plug both drains. You’ll hear sizzling coming up from the drain and see bubbles foaming up.
When the bubbles have died down, add the remaining boiling water down the drain.
Repeat this process if necessary. This can be used as a monthly treatment helps prevent future clogs too; simply pour a cup of baking soda down the drains followed by boiling water.
Drain Repair Techniques
there was a time when your only option when it came to drain repair was an excavation, however the development of drain camera inspection systems over the years has led to the plethora of no-dig solutions.
The drain repair method that suits your system will depend on the actual cause of the damage, the severity of the damage and the available access into the system, there are scenarios where a system can be repaired without any disruption at all but in reality we tend to use a combination of excavation and no-dig repairs particularly on domestic systems.
A detailed camera inspection is usually the first step to assess the condition of the system and the extent of any damage, from this your contractor will decide which of the following methods can be used.
Drain Excavation and Repair
It pains me to say this but there are occasions when the only answer is to excavate and repair a broken drain, if there is a complete collapse on the vitrified clay drain that a drain jetter can not shift then its time to get the shovels out and dig. Other scenarios such as severe displacement of drain joints or severe fractures can put a system beyond a drain lining method as the repair moulds itself to the host pipe.
drain linersDrain Lining, Drain Re-Lining, Cipp Lining
There are several methods for lining drains but you are basically putting a fibre glass pipe inside the existing drain or sewer, as mentioned above most of these system mould themselves to the host pipe so any degree of deformity in the host pipe has to be assessed.This is a great way to repair root damaged, fractured or leaking pipe work where nominal displacement or movement has occurred
Drain Patch Liners, Spot Repairs or Local Patch Repairs
These are small sections of drain liner that can be installed part way down a system to target specific defects such as a single fracture, root damaged or stepped joint, they also enable you to repair defects between live connections without having to re-open the connection with a robotic cutter afterwards. The inflation method on these repairs differs from standard drain liners so this repair can in affect iron out a step joint against the flow of a system to some degree.
If you need any help or advise about anything to do with drains, foul or storm. Give us a call anytime. One of our engineers will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re going to attempt to unblock a drain yourself. Give us a call, we are always here to give you free advise.
Using the latest drainage technology and equipment available, our teams are capable of dealing with the most problematic situations, from a blocked sink, to a collapsed drain and can give you a detailed report of the cause of the blockage on site if requested.
Unlike other companies, the emergency response team of engineers and office staff work very closely to give a more personal service, allowing us to update our customers in more detail and at any time of the day or evening.
All our unblock work is carried out to a High Standard using two man teams for safety and we offer a round the clock service to put your mind at ease, unblocking drains 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Because we give you a fixed price, over the phone, you know exactly what your bill is going to be before we get there.
Our call outs are charged at a competitive rate and we won’t be beaten on prices.
Our reactive emergency response vehicles also come with CCTV camera equipment on board, enabling us to carry out the extra service of offering a camera survey whilst on site to establish the condition of the drains.
Are you a regular customer of Clearflow drains?
Then why not enquire about opening a drain cleaning account.
For companies that use our drain services on a regular basis, we offer 30 day accounts, so it’s easier for you to pay us. We know that it’s not always easy to get hold of funds during an emergency, so opening an account with us gives you peace of mind that you can rely on us to come and clear your blocked drain when the need arises.
We are available 24/7
We attended a job today where the customer had tried to clear the blocked drains themselves using a drain cleaning chemical and a plunger, the plunger caused the drain acid to splash into her husbands eye putting him in hospital with a very serious eye injury. So we have put together a few tips to prevent further accidents.
Chemical drain cleaners like caustic soda and ‘ one shot ‘ work by eating away at the blockage. Care should be taken with their use as they can blind and burn skin. If correctly used, these products are extremely effective, particularly for blockages deeper in the drain.
Either liquid or crystal in form, chemical drain cleaners are generally poured into the drain opening and allowed to sit for a period of time. During this period the sink, bath etc. must not be used. When using a chemical drain cleaner always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Never mix one type of drain cleaner with another.
Never mix drain cleaners with other cleaning products as toxic fumes may be produced.
Always ensure good ventilation when using chemical drain cleaners.
Don’t allow drain cleaners to remain in contact with porcelain or enamel surfaces for any length of time as the caustic nature of the cleaner will degrade the finish.
Never us a plunger on a drain which contains drain cleaner – you run the risk of splash-back and severe chemical burns.
If you are not completely confident in your ability to use these products, then don’t attempt it,
You can always give us a call 24 hours a day for some free advise.
From a drain patch re-liner to a manhole to manhole re-line Clearflow Drains has the knowledge, expertise and equipment to carry out the works professionally and efficiently.
Cracks, root intrusion and open and displaced joints can cause many problems within a drainage system, from a blockage to a total collapse. Many faults can be rectified with the installation of a Reline (No-dig Technology).
The advantages of drain re-lining.
Pipe re-lining offers the no-dig alternative to messy and disruptive excavations, saving time, money and inconvenience.
Drain re-lining is a proven and established method of placing a new pipe within the existing damaged pipe thus restoring the integrity of the drain.
From a localised structural repair (patch repair) to a chamber to chamber re-line – Clearflow Drains has the technology, experience and expertise.
Re-Lining isn’t suitable for every application, where necessary we are equipped to carry out traditional excavation methods for drainage repair or replacement.
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