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DIY advice on how to clear a blocked drain

by:KingKonree     2020-07-04
To clear a blocked drain, plungers are a great tool if you used correctly. A plunger should be the first tool you use when a blockage is seen. When you are attempting to unblock a bathtub or bathroom sink drain, you should get the best results if you remove the stopper mechanism from the drain inlet. To do this, find the control rod attached to the drainpipe below the sink. Firstly, you will need to take care in removing the rod - it's usually secured by spring clip. The rod goes between your stopper stem similar a thread through a needle. Pull the stopper all the way out so that the stopper stem is free. Once this has been implemented, you can now pull the stopper unit up and out of the sink. If possible, place a tub or a bucket under your sink trap before you remove the rod out. You should expect a flow of dirty water to run down the rod hole when you pull it out. Your steps to clearing a blocked drain Start off by pulling the stopper out of the sink. Don't be surprised if you find a lovely ball of hair and soap goop clinging to the stopper rod. Usually, a good de-gooping will solve the blocked drainage problem for you. Subsequently to clearing the rod, drop the stopper unit back into the drain opening. Replace the control rod, making sure that it is threaded in the right way back into the slot in the stopper stem by checking that the stopper lifts and drops as it should. To complete this, secure the rod using a nut and clip. The drain stopper on the bathtub should be attached to the lever on the overflow outlet. You should be able to access the drain stopper by removing the overflow cover with a small screwdriver. You will now be able to pull up the drain stopper to remove the lever and the tub stopper. If the drain is still draining pretty slowly, try the following: grab your plunger and a wet washrag. Fill the sink or bathtub about three inches deep with water. Hold the rag tightly against the overflow holes and plunge down hard roughly two to four times. Make sure the head of the plunger is right up against the surface so that you get a good vacuum when you plunge the drain. If you are lucky, that will do the trick fairly easily for you, and water will flow readily down the drain. If plunging doesn't work, it may be time to call in a professional plumbing service. If you are having further issues, get in touch with a great plumber from Mr Plumber Sydney or Melbourne 24 Hour Plumbing.
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