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How to Unclog a Bath or Shower

Are you looking for an effective solution for blocked drains in your bath or shower? Obviously, it is not good to leave a slow drainage alone as it can cause a buildup of bacteria and grease at the bottom of your bath or shower.

If you have experienced clogged drains lately, do not waste another day as it presents a significant slip and hygiene risk for everyone in your home. Fortunately, you can do something to solve this dilemma aside from contacting plumbers in Sydney.

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Things you need to begin unblocking your drains

  • Protective equipment (goggles, rubber gloves)
  • Plunger (cup-shaped rubber tip)
  • Duct tape
  • Drain snake
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • White vinegar

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Steps you can do to unclog your drain

  • Protect yourself

Wear protective glasses or goggles and put on a pair of rubber gloves. Note that you can get your hands dirty and your eyes can get hurt by the chemical splash during drain cleaning.

  • Search the blockage

Once you have searched the affected area in your drain, remove the plughole to inspect the drain. You may find some dirt, hair, or soap that has accumulated in the pipe. Use your hands for drain clearance or use a pair of pliers if you are not able to grab it.

  • Use the plunger

Before even using the bleach or other chemicals, try using the plunger first. Otherwise, you will risk yourself of being splashed by the chemicals on your clothes and skin.

When using the plunger, try to run the rubber tip under the hot water from the tap to soften it. Then, put the plunger over the plughole and flood the bath or shower with water enough to cover the head. Do not forget to cover the overflow with duct tape or dishcloth.

Plunge up and down the drain to create suction for about 30 seconds. Then, inspect the drain again. Repeat this step until the blockage has cleared.

  • Use the drain snake

A drain snake with a 1/4- or 5/16-inch cable is advisable to prevent damage to the pipe. Feed the snake down the overflow pipe under the tap until it reaches the clog. You can repeat it as often as you like until the blockage has been cleared.

  • Baking soda and white vinegar

One way of unclogging dirt and grease from the drain is using baking soda. If you want to create a more fizzing reaction, you can combine it with white vinegar as an emergency drain unblocking agent. It is less harmful to the environment compared to other chemicals like acid or bleach.

Loosen any grease around the blockage by pouring a kettle of boiling water down the drain. Then, pour down a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and allow to settle for a while. Pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain and allow the fizzing reaction to work for about 5 minutes.

Use another kettle of boiling water to flush down the drain and run the tap to check if the blockage has finally cleared.

  • Use bleach

As a last resort, you can use bleach in small amounts only because it is a hazardous chemical. Allow it to work for 5 minutes after pouring it down the drain. Then, flush the bleach with hot water from the tap.

Drain unblocking is a tedious task. You can avoid this in the future by reducing the risk of potential blockages to form down the pipe. You may also consider using additional drain cover for added protection from smaller objects to get stuck.

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