After a hectic and sweaty summer day you thought that a refreshing bath will relax your weary muscles but that blocked washroom drain added to your distress.
Household chokes or blockages are common and dislodging the blockage is a messy and unpleasant affair. But certain easy pointers listed in this article will help you deal with a variety of chokes ranging from toilet bowl to that flooding basin or that bunged floor trap.
Common Causes of Household Chokes
We are least concerned with the drainage system of our house until the system stares in our face with its mulish blockage at the most inopportune moment.
- The most common cause of choked toilet bowl is too much of toilet paper. Some toilet papers have high non biodegradable content and hence, they do not dissolve easily. Over a period of time toilet paper residuals build up and clog your toilet bowl.
- People often dump hair into their toilet bowl, wash basin and it gets entangled with other stuff and creates blockages. Hair left on the floor while combing also gets brushed off to floor trap choking the floor trap in long run.
- Materials such as soaps, fats or food build up become caught between the drainpipes and continue to collect overtime, preventing water from flowing freely.
The first and most important step in keeping drainage lines clear and avoiding plumbing problems is to respond to the early warning signs. Most common warning signs are listed below:
- Difficulty in flushing in toilet.
- If you hear a gurgling noise when water drains.
- An unpleasant smell coming from your toilet bowls or from your wash basin.
- When water takes too long and drains slowly from your bath or basin.
Ways to unclog your choked Toilets, basins and floor traps
Before you start dealing with your choked drainage ensure you protect yourself with covered clothing and plastic gloves as nobody wants to be splashed with foul smelling water. Place newspapers or paper towels on the floor before attempting unclogging to prevent water flow due to splashing.
Few simple ways can help you unclog your chokes yourself.
- Use a drain-opening chemical to soften or break down the blockage causing debris. You can make a homemade drain cleaner using hot water, baking soda and vinegar. Pour the material in the choked drain and leave for 30 minutes before proceeding to next step.
- For choked toilet bowls thrust a toilet plunger which has a fold out rubber cup designed specifically to open toilet traps. Use an even force when thrusting and pulling back the plunger. Repeat the process several times till you see water draining down. Flush the toilet and repeat the process till it’s unclogged.
- For kitchen sinks or wash basins, stuff a wet rag into the lower drain opening (overflow hole) and then partially fill the sink with water, then start plunging. In most cases it works but if plunging doesn't work, grab the pipe under the sink and remove the sink trap with a pipe wrench. Clear the debris from the busted-up clog and secure the trap. Partially fill the sink with hot water and use the plunger again to clear the remnants of debris.
- For deeper clogs, try snaking the drain or using a wet/dry vacuum to do the job.
Remedies to prevent household chokes
To keep your drains flowing, it’s best to practice certain preventive remedies
- Wrap up sanitary items like used pads, tampons, nappies, wipes, and condoms and use bin to discard them. Dump used toilet roll in the bin itself, remember not to flush them down your toilet bowl.
- Never abandon fats, oil and food leftover from cooking into your kitchen basin.
- Ensure to collect the hair both from hair brush as well as floor and use dust bin to dispose them.
- Never sweep dust or dirt into the floor trap.
Pay close attention to these simple tips to avoid an upsetting and unpleasant experience of household chokes.