Alton Toilet Unblocking And Clearing Services
Updated: Jun 29
My neighbor has a six-year-old and to celebrate his turning seven, they threw a party for his classmates. The bouncy castle arrived about an hour before the first guests and soon stood towering above the garden wall, ready to wave the children in as they arrived in their droves.
The party-goers played games, bounced on the castle, ate sandwiches and jelly, and drank copious amounts of juice and sodas. Beneath the shrieks of laughter that echoed up and down the street, the sound of the toilet being flushed, non-stop, could also be heard.
It was not until later that day when all the tiny guests had left and the street had resumed its normal calm that my neighbor knocked on my door. She looked frazzled and I could see straight away she had a problem.
“The toilet’s blocked,” she said, “and I don’t know what to do.” When I followed her back to the house, I could smell the raw sewage that had back-washed from the drain and was flooding the patio as soon as I walked through the gate.
Stepping inside, we were met with the sound of the toilet flushing again and both watched in horror as the now seven-year-old walked out of the bathroom to announce the toilet was overflowing and the floor had flooded.
If things couldn’t get any worse, the dog pushed open the half-closed front door and ran straight onto the sofa, where he began rolling on the cushions to dry himself off where he had got wet from the sewage water outside. It was becoming a nightmare.
My neighbor needed the drain unblocking fast and her home to return to normal. Now I’m no expert, but it’s not the first time I’ve had to deal with a drain blockage, so I set about helping with a few tricks of my own I’ve tried in the past.
Remove the Blockage Manually
It’s not the most pleasant thing to do, but the easiest and most cost-effective method to remove a drain blockage is by hand. Wearing heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands and forearms, lift the drain cover and, with the help of a torch, locate the blockage and pull it out.
You can assist the process by bending a metal coat hanger into a hook and using it to reach deeper along the pipe. If someone has put the wrong type of paper down the toilet or simply just too much of it, removing some may make it then possible to flush the rest away.
Use a Drain Snake
A drain snake is a long flexible steel cable that is wound with a handle or attached to an electric drill for easier operation. It moves along the drain in a twisting motion, catching debris as it travels through.
When you pull the drain snake back out, it removes the debris along with it. To unblock a toilet drain, find and lift the drain cover and insert the drain snake. You may need to repeat the process a few times until the toilet water begins to flow freely again.
If you are using this method to unblock a toilet, wear long protective gloves and a face mask and take care not to let any of the dirty water splash into your face as it will be full of bacteria, which could make you ill.
Use Commercial Drain Unblocking Chemicals
You may prefer to buy a commercial drain unblocker and there are quite a few available from larger supermarkets or D.I.Y. centers to choose from. Here are a few recommendations:
Thrift T-600 Alkaline drain cleaner is activated in just a few seconds when you add it to boiling water. It does not have any odor and is available in crystal form, so is easy to use.
Pure lye drain opener has an odorless non-acidic formula. The strength of this formula is industry level and is suitable for plastic and chrome pipes.
Drano Max Drain gel is another efficient drain unblocker on the market. Its concentration is thick and helps to dissolve dirt of all kinds. If the blockage is not too stubborn, then you can use a diluted form of this unblocking gel.
Green Gobbler is suitable to remove blockages of all types. It has a strong formula and is caustic, so care should be taken when using it.
With all these drain unblockers, you should always wear heavy-duty gloves and safety goggles to avoid any injury caused by chemical burns, allergic reactions, or physical damage. If you are unsure what you are doing or have any allergies, you may prefer to call on the professionals for help instead and take no risk.
The Best Drain Clearing Service in Alton Guaranteed To Work
Drain and toilet unblocking is dirty, smelly, and time-consuming work, especially when you are unsure what to do. And there is always a risk of making the situation worse. But if you live in Alton, you don’t have to attempt the work yourself.
Pro Blocked Drains is a well-known company serving customers all over the UK and with a local office in Alton which offers a 24-hour a day service 365 days of the year. As drainage professionals, Pro Blocked Drains knows exactly how to find the problem and has all the skills and tools to resolve it quickly and efficiently.
With a fast response, fully qualified Safe-Contractor-Approved workers, no call-out fee, and excellent customer service, satisfaction is guaranteed. And all at a budget-friendly price.
So, next time you have a blocked drain in Alton, call 0800 611 82 99. We’ll be pleased to help you at any time of the day or night. Learn more about Bristols’s best Burst Water Main services.