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Can I use drain jetting equipment myself?

Can I use drain jetting equipment myself?

A blocked drain can be a huge inconvenience, and a huge source of stress. The important thing is not to panic, as there are many ways to get rid of a blockage, and you must act quickly. A blockage will never go away on its own so to avoid being faced with a far more difficult and expensive problem you must act quickly. High pressure water jetting is a technique that is commonly used among professional drain technicians.

Can I use a drain jetting system myselfThe process of high pressure water jetting is simple – water is run down the drain through a high pressure hose with a jetting nozzle. The high pressure of the water means it hits the blockage at a much higher force, meaning it can tackle almost all blockages no matter what size they are. This makes drain jetting a very popular choice among drain engineers. The hose allows for more flexibility which means it can make its way around the bends and turns in a pipe, allowing it to reach blockages that are further away. High pressure water jetting can be used to tackle blockages that are caused by many things including food waste, foreign objects, and it can even remove a tree root.

Despite the simplicity of the job, it is a much wiser choice to call out a drain engineer to help you to tackle the blockage. The equipment required for drain jetting is very expensive, and it is a much cheaper option to call out a drain technician.

You would need to be using the equipment regularly enough to justify the cost of purchasing it, and one of the things that makes this technique so popular is that it completely eradicates blockages and so thoroughly clears drains that you won’t be faced with another blockage again. You also need to be aware of the safety precautions with using drain jetting equipment, which is why you will be much better off calling a drain engineer as this guarantees that the procedure will be done correctly and you won’t risk hurting yourself or damaging your property in the process.

The best thing you can do for your drains is to take regular precautionary steps to prevent them from becoming blocked. The number one culprit for blocking a drain is flushing away waste that should be thrown in the bin. Kitchen sinks become easily blocked when food waste is incorrectly flushed down the drain. Food substances that are fatty, greasy or oily will stick to the walls of your drains and over time, if this sort of waste is continually disposed of down the sink, the buildup will increase in size and even severity. Toilets can also become blocked when items such as nappies, sanitary items, and baby wipes are flushed away.

These sorts of items do not break down quickly enough to be washed away smoothly with the water, and will very easily block your toilet. The main problem with this is that if you continue to flush the toilet, the wastewater will spill over the bowl as it cannot be washed away.

The bacteria in the wastewater will contaminate the surfaces in your home, and if you come into contact with these surfaces then you run the risk of becoming ill from infection. To protect yourself and everyone who lives at the property from harm, make sure to properly dispose of all waste in the bin and avoid a blockage.

What do I do if my sinks are blocked?

What do I do if my sinks are blocked?

A blocked drain can be a huge inconvenience, and if left ignored it can become very expensive and cause a great deal of stress.

It is important to take action as soon as you notice the signs of a blocked drain, as they can easily build up and cause more damage which ultimately will cost you more money to resolve and waste more of your time. Kitchen sinks are one of the most common drains to get blocked, particularly if they are not treated with the proper care and attention. However, if you have found yourself with a blocked kitchen sink, don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to alleviate the situation and restore your drains back to normal.

What do I do if my sink is blockedOne of the most common reasons for a blockage in your kitchen sinks is incorrect disposal of food waste. Fatty and greasy substances do not break down quickly enough for a drain to wash them away, and so they stick to the walls of the drain. Over time this creates a buildup of waste which will eventually block the drain. To avoid this happening, it is best to dispose of these food substances in the bin. Even waste such as coffee granules cannot be washed away properly and must be thrown away into the bins.

If your kitchen sink is blocked, we recommend calling a professional drain engineer for help. It is certainly possible to attempt to fix the issue yourself, but often this leads to more problems which are more expensive to rectify. Calling a drain engineer is by far the cheaper alternative as you are guaranteed a high quality service for a great deal, without the fear of something going wrong.

However, if you are going to attempt to unblock your sink yourself, there are a few ways of doing this. Baking soda is a handy tool that you may not have even thought about. Begin by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain, and follow this up with a cup of baking soda and some hot vinegar.

Leave the mixture to do its work for a few minutes, and wash away with more hot water. The chemical reaction of the vinegar and the baking soda causes the blockage to dislodge and break away from the drains, making it easier for the hot water to wash it away. This process can be done as a regular method of maintenance for your drains, as there may well be blockages that have begun to build that have gone unnoticed. It is always a good idea to use this method as a precautionary step, nipping any problems in the bud before it can cause you more stress.

While this is a relatively simple step to take in order to clear your drains, it is does not provide guaranteed results. We absolutely recommend calling a professionally trained drain engineer, as they will be able to use the latest technology and equipment to fully clear your drains. A very common method used by drain engineers is high pressure water jetting. This method uses advanced tools and technology to blast water through the drains at a high pressure and speed, and so there is far more chance of clearing the drains completely in one go. This will save you a great deal of time and money, as well as relieving some of the stress and pressure you may be feeling.

Whatever you choose to do, the most important thing is that you act on the blockage immediately. A blocked drain never goes away on its own and when left unattended it will build up into a much bigger problem that can cause a great deal of damage to your drains. Blockages are one of the main reasons for burst pipes, and this can lead to flooding. Flooding is a major problem and poses a very serious health risk, due to all the waste water contaminating your property. To avoid this, it is important to act as soon as you notice the warning signs of a blocked drain. These can include bad odors, gurgling noises when trying to flush water away, and slow draining water.

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How do you rod a drain?

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Specialist drain clearance may be neededOnce you have located the blockage, start by inserting the rod fitted with a plunger into the chamber. Continue to add more rods as you go along, always making sure to turn the rods clockwise when working them through the drain – if you turn them anti clockwise there is a chance they could unscrew and you would then be left with a drain blocked by drain rods, which would be a much bigger problem. Once you’ve found the blockage with the rods, you do not need to add any more rods, and you can start pushing against the buildup. Keep gently pushing until the obstruction is dislodged, and remove the rods. If you are unable to clear the blockage, remove the rods and replace the plunger with a corkscrew.

When you’ve finished removing the blockage and you have cleared the obstruction, finish the job off by directing a strong jet of water down the drain to clear away any leftover residue. Alternatively, you could do this by filling up your bath or sink and releasing the water all at once.

At the end of the process, it is important to properly take care of everything you have used. Make sure to clean all the rods that were used by drenching them with a diluted disinfectant poured out of a watering can.

Drain rodding can be a cost effective and efficient method of clearing your drains yourself. However, if you are unsure about how to do it, there is always a professional drain engineer who will be able to do it for you for minimal cost. It is very important to take action as soon as you notice any problems, as even small blockages can lead onto much bigger problems that can cause more damage and are more expensive to put right.

A blocked drain will never go away on its own and very often it can lead to severe damage in the drains that causes leaks and decay, and even flooding. Flooding not only causes damage to the property that is expensive to fix, it also poses a health hazard as the bacteria from the sewage water and the waste that was causing the blockage can contaminate and spread very easily and quickly. If a flood has broken out, do not attempt to stop it yourself – call Blocked drain Reading and we’ll dispatch our closes contractor out to you.

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How do you rod a drain?

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Different attachments for different issues drain rodA blocked drain can be a huge inconvenience. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can get rid of it yourself. Drain rodding is the act of using Drain Rods to clear any blockage lurking in the pipes.

It is a very efficient and cost effective method of clearing your drains out without causing damage to your drains, if done properly. It is always best to call a professional drain engineer if you are unsure of your capability to use drain rodding yourself, and you will be much more likely to get high quality work done for a great deal. Some drain rod services also include drain jetting. However, if you are going to clear your drains yourself, make sure to properly research the technique and stock up on the right equipment, as even the smallest mistakes can sometimes have very serious consequences on your sewage systems.

The first step to unblocking any drain is to locate where the actual blockage is. There will be many access covers between your property and the main sewers, and the best way to find the blockage is to open each of these covers and take a look inside to find which section the blockage is, starting with the cover closest to your house.

You will be able to identify which section of the system has the blockage in it by how full or empty they are. Start with the chamber closest to the main drain, and if it is empty then you have located the section that contains the blockage. If it is full, move up to the next nearest chamber, and keep going until you find where the blockage is. If this seems like something you would not be able to do yourself, then call our Blocked Drain Reading team – we’d be happy to help.