Why Hire a Professional Plumber for a Blocked Drain?

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Nothing can wreck a good day quicker than a blocked drain. Whether it's the kitchen sink refusing to drain or the shower turning into a mini pool, dealing with a clogged drain can be frustrating.

The most common culprits behind blocked drains are food debris, food scraps and other foreign objects, like wet wipes and sanitary products, that are best kept away from your drain hole.

Thankfully, professional plumbers are only one call away, and we’re here to talk about them in this blog post.

The Trouble with DIY Drain Clearing Methods

Often, people’s first instinct is to use hot water or concoct a homemade solution of baking soda and white vinegar to clear blocked drains. A few might even purchase caustic cleaners from the local hardware store or try using a DIY drain snake.

While these quick-fix solutions may work on less severe blockages, they usually don’t provide a long-term answer or even damage your drainage system.

One cup of baking soda and boiling water down the drain only dissolves minor build-up. Deeper, more stubborn drain blockages, such as those caused by tree roots, hardened grease build up or a small toy lodged in a U-shaped pipe, require more robust methods. That’s where a professional plumber comes in handy.

Signs That Your Blocked Drain Needs a Plumber

Especially with the following signs of drain blockage we’re about to unfold, are you sure that calling your trusty plumber isn’t the best way to go?

  • Slow Drainage

If your bathroom sink, toilet, shower, or tub is draining slowly, it might be a sign that a blockage is forming somewhere down the line. A minor blockage may cause a slight delay, but continually slow drainage may suggest a more significant obstruction.

Instead of attempting a DIY fix with drain cleaners, call in a professional plumber who will handle the situation with the right method.

  • Recurring Blockages

Recurring blockages can be a nuisance, and it’s a sign that the quick fix you’re implementing isn’t solving the problem entirely. Whether it’s hair, food debris, or something else causing the clog, a regular recurrence indicates a particular stubborn blockage that needs expert attention.

  • Multiple Blocked Drains

Multiple blocked drains in your home are usually a sign of a significant issue within the plumbing system and are not just isolated to one area. It could be a problem with the main sewer line. Attempting to fix multiple blocked drains by yourself can lead to serious problems, such as pipe bursts. A professional plumber can correctly diagnose and treat the issue, saving you from potentially costly repairs.

  • Bad Odours

Foul smells coming from your drain can be a result of food debris or other items stuck in the pipes. Wash them down with hot water, and if the smell persists, you may have a deeper issue requiring a professional plumber.

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  • Gurgling Sounds

A healthy drain should be virtually silent, with water flowing through it smoothly. If you hear gurgling sounds or other unusual noises coming from your drain, it’s a sign that air is being trapped by the blockage and pushed up through the system. A professional plumber can clear the blockage, ensuring everything flows smoothly.

  • Overflowing Toilets

Frequent toilet overflows can be a clear sign of a blocked drain. If the blockage is deep in your system, a plunger won’t provide a permanent solution. A professional plumber will have the tools and the know-how to remove even the stubborn blockages that lie deep within your plumbing system.

  • Flooding

In severe cases, a blocked drain can cause flooding. If you see signs of flooding in your yard or smell sewer odours, you need to call a professional plumber immediately.

It’s crucial to understand these signs and act promptly to prevent significant damage to your plumbing system. It’s always better to call a professional as early as possible when these signs appear. Australian professional plumbers understand the local regulations, environment and common problems well, so they offer quick and effective solutions.

The Expertise of a Professional Plumber

When a blocked drain is left untreated, it can cause broken pipes, a blocked toilet, or lead to a foul smelly house. A licensed plumber uses specialised equipment like a drain auger or a plumber’s snake to navigate through pipes and remove debris. They can even perform pipe relining in cases of broken pipes that have caused blocked drains.

Expert plumbers approach the task of clearing blocked drains professionally, using protective gear and tools to handle potentially harmful residues and mouse rubble face-on. Take the instance of clearing foreign objects.

While your wire hanger fashioned into a small hook might retrieve some hair from the shower drain, it’s not equipped to handle more serious blockages. Professional plumbers ingeniously manipulate their tools to remove even the most stubborn of objects.

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The Role of a Plumber in Maintaining Drain Health

Professional plumbers offer more than just their expertise when it comes to unblocking drains. Here are more of their responsibilities:

  • Prompt problem identification: With their knowledge and experience, professional plumbers can identify potential issues before they become major headaches. From recognising a developing blockage to unearthing a broken pipe, plumbers can help to keep your drain health in top-notch condition.
  • In-depth diagnosis: Enlisting a professional to unblock drains goes beyond the lone act of unclogging. It involves an expert examining your plumbing system as a whole, diagnosing issues with water flow, and paying attention to signs like gurgling sounds that may suggest larger issues.
  • Comprehensive drain service: When you attempt to clear a blocked drain yourself, remember that baking soda and boiling water or even a DIY drain snake are just temporary solutions. They can’t compare to the work of a professional who can even fix broken pipes while clearing blocked drains. Instead of pouring boiling water and baking soda down the drain multiple times a week, wouldn’t you prefer a lasting solution to your clogged drains?
  • Down to the cause: The decision to appoint a professional plumber might be based on their ability to fix not just the symptom but also the cause of your blocked drain. Be it tree roots infiltrating your outdoor drains or a heavy build-up of food waste and fatty substances in the kitchen sink, an experienced plumber can expertly handle it all. Thus, helping to prevent blocked drains from recurring frequently.
  • Prevention of costly repairs: Blocked drains need delicate handling to avoid costly repairs such as burst pipes. While you can purchase drain cleaners from hardware stores for minor blockages, severe drain blockages usually require the intervention of a professional.
  • Expert advice: Plumbers advise on best practises to keep drains from getting blocked. This includes not throwing leftover food, coffee grounds or grease down your sinks. Also, using mesh screens over all drains to catch hair, food debris, and other materials is recommended.
  • Long-term maintenance: Plumbers play a crucial role in preventive maintenance. Regular inspection by professionals can prevent blockages from happening in the first place, sparing you inconvenience, untidiness, and possible damage to your pipes.

Take Action Before a Blocked Drain Worsens

It’s certainly tempting to use home remedies like a cup of baking soda with one cup of vinegar or hot water from the kettle down the drain when a problem arises. But they are not reliable for all drain issues.

More severe issues like pipeline cracks need professional intervention. A professional plumber has the training and tools requisite to take care of blockages, preventing blocked drains, and even future problems.

When a blocked drain throws your day off course, instead of taking matters into your own hands, consider calling in a professional plumber. Not only will they identify the cause of the blockage, but they will also provide effective solutions supported by their knowledge and expertise.

Blocked drains can be more than a trivial inconvenience. It’s best to rely on the pros to ensure your plumbing system remains injury-free. Your house and your sanity will greatly appreciate it.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See 23 Hour Plumbing’s Terms & Conditions here.

Last Edited on: 1st December 2023

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