There is nothing more annoying than a blocked up drain. It puts a stop to your plumbing system in the house or business, as the water has no-where to travel.
If the worst comes to the worst and you discover that you have a blocked up drain, depending on how bad the blockage is, you may be able to handle the problem yourself and save time and expense of a professional call-out. This guide will help you determine if it is a problem that you can solve yourself without calling a professional plumber.
Lift the cover to the drain closest to the house to see if the chamber is blocked and full of water. You may need to use a sharp tool such as a spade or crowbar to help you lift the drain cover. If the chamber is clear of water, the blockage is somewhere in the soil pipe from the house to the drain chamber. If there is water in the chamber, chances are the problem lies further along the drain pipe work, which is closer to the main sewer. Check the next chamber and so on and on, until you have isolated the blocked problem area in the drain.
Having identified where the problem area is situated, you then need to purchase a set of drain rods with screw and plunger ends that are available from most Do It Yourself and plumber merchants stores such as Bunnings.
Screw together two of the drain rods with the plunger head and push the end into the opening towards the blocked up area. To help get the rods through the drain pipe, rotate them slowly and clockwise. Do not turn the rods anti-clockwise at any time, as this will cause the rods to unscrew and come apart in the drain.
If you do not feel any resistance with the rods, you need to keep adding extra rods until you feel the rod hit against the blockage. When you feel resistance, you then need to move the plunger quickly back and forth to try and clear the obstruction. If you have trouble clearing the blockage out, remove the rods and fit the screw attachment, which should give you more pull. Keep twisting and pushing the rods until you feel the obstruction clear out and water begins to flow through the drain. If any debris floats to the top, remove it (although make sure you are wearing rubber gloves before you do!!)
Having cleared the debris out, run a hot tap in the home to try and clean out any remaining obstructions in the drain.
Hopefully now your drain will be running very well, but if having tried the above you are still having problems, you will need to call in a professional plumber.