Obstructed drainage can be embarrassing for a householder.

By: Al Higginson

What is so deviling than a obstructed sewer!.

You are standing under the shower for a relaxing time, and all of sudden you realize that water is rising around your feet. Is there anything as inconvenient and messy as a clogged drain!. Or you're in front of the toilet sink, brushing your teeth and before you know it - the sink is halfway full. Nobody likes to deal with clogged drainage because they are a real hassle and they give an impression of being unsanitary (because they are). But it is something that most people will have to deal with every once in a while. The most preferred approach is to prepare ahead of time for such a predicament by educating oneself on how to fix bathroom drainage when the drainpipe pipes become plugged.

Why do drains get clogged, what is the underlying cause?.

Blocked drainage can result from trapped solid objects such as hair, dust and particles between your bathroom drain and the attached pipes. The condition gets worse when products like conditioners, shampoos and detergents accumulate in the already clogged drains. Eventually the clumps of accumulated matter prevent water from emptying out quickly or may even completely seal the drain pipe hole. If you notice water getting accumulated in your tub or sink, you definitely have choked drains.

Some effective ways to unclog your bathroom drain pipe are listed below.

Here are a few things that you can do to clean your obstructed bathroom drain pipe and get the water running. The first step is to remove the plug whether the blocked drain pipe is in a sink or bath. In the case of the bathroom sink, you can remove the plug by either pulling it out, unscrewing the nuts that hold it in proper position. With respect to the bath, the screws have to be loosened to remove the plug or the overflow plate has to be dismantled.

It is important to remove the plug because only then you can view the things that are clogging the drain inside the drainage pipe. It is very likely to look like a small mass of hair and debris wrapped around the drainpipe's hardware. Try to get hold of the mass and pull it out. Use a wire from a clothes hangar or some other apparatus if you have difficulties reaching the clog or grabbing the build up so that you can pull it out. Your drain is likely to get unclogged if you remove the soap scum, hair and other particles from it that you can see.

If you need to disassemble the drain and notice that the blockage is not even within reach of a wire hanger, you will have to try another method. Use a drain pipe plunger to loosen the blockage that is deeper down the pipework. To use the plunger the overflow drainpipe pipe should be covered first with the help of a wet cloth, this will make the suction stronger and make it harder for air to enter the pipes. Now put the plunger over the drain and move it up and down continuously at an even pace. When you let go of the plunger, any excess water should flow out right away if you have dislodged the blockage.

Even the plunger may not clear the most dense and hardened matter inside your plumbing system - that's when you will have to deploy a chemical drain pipe clearing product. It should be noted that chemical drain cleaners should only be used as a final solution as the chemical substances are harmful and could damage your bathroom fixtures and sanitary fittings.

Get expert help if this is necessary, call in a drainage contractor.

If the above methods fail to solve your stopped drain pipe problem then you may have to contact a plumber. Professional plumbers will have specialist equipment and know-how to unblock your drainpipe in next to no time. Although availing plumber services can be a high-priced proposal it gives you the much needed peace of mind as the water starts flowing and the mess is cleaned up.

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David is the author of Blocked Drains, a web site which has help and advice on treating drainage problems. www.blocked-drains.net Please visit for more ideas on how to fix your drains issues.

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