A blocked drain results from materials such as hair, dust and particles, which are trapped between your bathroom pipes and the connecting drainage pipes. The clog becomes worse when common household products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and the like, accumulate on the trapped objects. In time, this build up becomes denser until the water finally backs up on your sink, shower, or tub drainage.
Simple blocked drains can be remedied by tools that are readily available in the market. One example is the plunger. The plunger can be used on your sink, shower drainage, or even the toilet. It is important, though, to use a separate plunger for each drain to avoid cross contamination of germs. Making sure that the bell-shaped rubber head of the plunger fully covers the drain, move it up and down at an even pace to create a rhythmic suction that should remove the clog. Excess water would flow freely into the drain if you have successfully dislodged the blockage.
If you could see that the source of the clog is near enough to reach, you could use a piece of bent wire to extract it from the blocked drain or you could also use a chemical drainpipe cleaner to dissolve the grease or hair trapped within your drainage. Chemicals cleaners are convenient to use, as they are simply poured on the affected drain, and left there for a certain period of time.
However, these chemicals are usually toxic, and pose health and environment hazards. Exposure to these chemicals could cause burns or poisoning, and can also result to damage of your pipes and bathroom hardware if used in excess.
When there is a build up of rust or mineral on your pipes, or the drain line has collapsed, the plunger, chemical cleaner, or any other product will not solve your drainage problem. In this case, replacement of the damaged hardware should immediately be done.
Drainage water contains germs that lead to fever, vomiting, stomachache, or diarrhoea. Excess water should be prevented from leaving the bathroom area, to avoid other family members or even pets from contracting and spreading sewerage-borne diseases. While waiting for your emergency plumber, you have to get rid of the water that has overflowed and disinfect the sanitise area using bleach diluted with clean water. In doing this, you must protect yourself with a facemask, boots and gloves, and full length pants. Objects that come in contact with the dirty water should be disinfected. Contaminated food items, as well as objects that could not be thoroughly cleaned (such as stuffed toys) should also be disposed of at once to avoid the spreading of germs.
It is important that you know what you are doing in trying to solve your drainage problem by yourself. If there is any doubt, and you want to ensure your drainage is effectively cleared, calling your emergency plumber is the best option.
Hiring an emergency plumber might be costlier than buying tools and doing the plumbing yourself. However, a good plumber can determine the cause of blockage and remedy the situation in a quick and risk-free manner. As opposed to a trial-and-error method with gadgets you might be unfamiliar with, calling in your emergency plumber will assure that your blocked drains are completely cleared and will not bother you again for several months at least.