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Useful Advice on Drain Unblocking by Plumber Perth Plumbing Contractors

As a serious do it yourselfer, you may want to get your hand dirty and get stuck into sludge subtraction, but you are in need of a bit of guidance in doing so. This is where plumber Perth contractors can provide very useful advice to assist you in drain clearing. Bear in mind that in certain part of Australia it is regarded as illegal to carry out any kind of plumbing work yourself, unless you happen to be certified plumber of course. See the following guidelines if you are able to do this yourself:

  • Step one, purchase a plunger
  • Step two, find the vents that are overflowing and cover it with a wet cloth. Ensure you cover the second drain if you intend working on a double sink. Bathrooms equipped with interconnected plumbing, should have all the drains covered as well as any overflowing vents. Also ensure you rub some Vaseline on the rim of your plunger, then fill your sink with just enough water to cover the head of your plunger
  • Third step would be to get plunging until the pressure eventually forces the blockage out. Ensure you cover the whole drain with the plunger before you start pushing it up and down. A good rule of thumb is to aim for at least 15 or more plunges before you stop. Do not give up if you are not successful. But, try again and again.
  • Next, you need to pour down a strong chemical drain cleaner for minor blockages. Plumber Perth contractors do not recommended you do this for full blockages as some chemicals are not kind to certain fixtures
  • If all else fail, then you should try a drain and trap auger where you would remove the drain stainer, then feed the auger wire inside the blocked drain. Ensure you keep winding the handle while tightening and  loosening its thumbscrew while the wire goes down a little further into the drain. The moment you hit something, is when you should jerk the wire back and forth after which you would gently remove the auger wire, but doing do slowly.
  • Should there still be no luck, then you may want to try getting a bucket to remove the clean out plug that is situated under your sink to catch the water and debris that will most likely pour out. Take a wire coat hanger to try and dislodge the stuck object. If you are not successful, then you must try the drain and trap auger once again, but this time you will feed it upwards.

If after all the trying and sweating you may find that your house is now flooded, and you desperately need a plumber Perth contractor to come to you rescue. They will make use of their water jetter and specialised drain camera equipment so they can see what is causing the problem, and resolve it.

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