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5 Drain Cleaning Tricks You Can Try at Home

Blocked drains are a household nuisance that can cause a big stench. Whether it's the kitchen sink, bathroom drain or shower, a clog can ruin your day.

While professional help is always an option, there are several DIY methods you can try before reaching for the phone.

Here are five drain-cleaning tricks you can attempt at home:

5 Drain Cleaning Tricks You Can Try at Home
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Boiling Water:

Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. For small blockages that have been caused by grease or soap scum buildup, boiling water is your best bet. Carefully pour a kettle full of freshly boiled water down your drains. This can help melt away grease and grime, unblocking your drains in no time.

(If you have PVC pipes avoid this method, as the water can soften them).

Baking Soda and Vinegar:

If boiling water isn’t cutting it, baking soda and vinegar are your next best bet. This combination is not just for science experiments! It’s also a great method for cleaning drains.

Start by pouring water down the drain to loosen any debris, then pour about a cup of baking soda followed by a cub of vinegar. The mixture will fizz and bubble, which is a sign it is starting to break down the gunk and grime in your drains.

Leave the solution for about 15 mins then flush it away with hot water.

Wire Hanger:

Some clogs just won’t budge with liquid alone. So, it’s time for the wire hanger approach.

Straighten out a wire hanger and create a small hook at the end. Then, carefully insert the hook into your drains and wiggle it about to fish out any hair, debris or general build-up that might be causing blockages.

This method requires a bit of patience but it can work wonders.


Plungers aren’t just for unblocking toilets, they’re also great on drains. Place the plunger over your drain and give it a few pumps to create suction. This can help dislodge clogs, getting the water flowing again.

Shop-bought Drain Cleaner:

For super stubborn clogs you can turn to chemical-grade drain cleaners. We rate brands like Mr Muscle and HG. These brands create heavy-duty drain cleaning products that can break down even the most stubborn of drain clogs.

Cleaning Not Cutting It?

If your at-home efforts aren’t quite cutting it, get in touch with Environ Drainage. We offer a range of drain unblocking and cleaning services, getting your pipes back in perfect condition.

Contact Environ Drainage Services today for a quick response and a free quote – we are happy to help with any enquiry.

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    How much does it cost to clear a drain in the UK?

    Drain jetting costs between £70 and £175 on average. Drain jetting is the most effective technique a professional drainage repair service provider in London can use. It thoroughly removes any obstructions, resulting in clear pipes and eliminating immediate drain issues. The process also removes other debris that’s building up along the length of the pipe, preventing further problems in future.

    Can a plumber fix blocked drains?

    While some plumbers will attempt to tackle a blocked drain, their expertise mainly lies with water coming into your home rather than going out of it. So a plumber can fix dripping taps, install a new sink or repair leaky pipes internally. But a drainage services company is better to resolve issues with drains and wastewater leaving your property.

    When should you call a plumber for a clogged drain?

    If your sink is blocked or your toilet is overflowing, you can call a plumber, but if it’s your drains that are clogged, emitting a bad smell or can’t be unclogged with a plunger, it’s time to call a local drainage service. They have the equipment and experience to resolve larger problems.

    What does a drainage company do?

    Drainage companies offer a variety of services, from the installation of drainage systems to homes and businesses to resolving problems with existing systems. Good drainage companies will use CCTV inspection to evaluate the state of existing pipes and can remove blockages, suggesting replacement or repairs to pipework when necessary.

    What are the types of drainage?

    A drainage system is a series of channels that carry excess water away from humans, animals, or plants. There are two main types in UK homes:

    • Surface drainage systems: including downspouts, gullies in your garden, and linear drains – carrying away excess rainwater.
    • Grey water systems: including your kitchen and bathroom wastewater from sinks, toilets, baths and showers.

    What is the importance of drainage?

    Drainage removes excess water away from the property. Rainwater is drained away to prevent standing water which can cause soil erosion and damage the fabric of your home. Grey water from kitchens and bathrooms is conducted into the main sewage system for cleaning and purifying. Without drainage, homes would flood or become contaminated with sewage.

    Tips on How to Select A Drainage Contractor

    A drainage issue isn’t something you can necessarily handle yourself. To avoid future problems, a contractor must address the underlying condition. This isn’t always easy, but the right drain experts will work with you to fix any issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. When choosing a drainage firm in London, here’s what to look for:

    when to hire a drainage company in London
    • A good contractor will have good references. You want a company with expertise that knows what it’s doing. Positive references are a good indication that your contractor will resolve the problem in the most suitable way, is courteous and easy to deal with, and follows through on their promises.
    • Your contractor should offer a significant guarantee. This is a sign that they’re confident in the quality of their work, so watch out for any contractor who won’t.
    • For drainage contractors, price isn’t always the best indicator of quality. Rely more on references, guarantees, and their expertise in the field. The cheapest quote could lead to an ineffective solution.
    • As a customer, you should be completely at ease with your contractor. Your contractor should explain the problem with your drains clearly and suggest practical solutions. If you’re uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to change firms altogether.
    • A scale drawing should be available. A good sewerage company in London must have general knowledge of construction and the relevant building regulations. The contractor should give you a clear, scale drawing of the project and sit down with you and explain everything in detail. It’s a good opportunity to air any worries you may have.

    Common Causes of Clogged Drains and How to Deal with Them

    While there are some home remedies you can try to resolve problems with blockages, you will often end up searching Google for a ‘drainage company near me’ for professional help. Listed below are a few of the most common causes of clogged drains and the prescribed fixes for each of them:

    • Hair: Plunging the drain is sometimes successful. You may be tempted to try a commercially available drain cleaner, but this can damage pipes if used frequently. Try and use a baking soda and vinegar solution on a regular basis to keep pipes clear, but if obstructions build-up, you may need a drainage contractor.
    • Soap: The ideal method to remove soap accumulated in pipes is pressure cleaning by experts.
    • Dirt: Using drain rods may work, but if you’re inexperienced, you could damage your pipework. Call in the professionals.
    • Oil, Grease, and Fat: Try mixing some detergent with hot water in the sink bowl, and flush it away with hot water. This usually dissolves any hardened fat. Plunge the sink, but if the problem doesn’t resolve, contact an expert.
    • Food Waste: Avoid flushing food waste down your drain. Clear dishes into the bin before washing them. Food waste may still accumulate over time, so if water runs sluggishly away when you remove the sink plug, you may need expert help to flush through your system with high-powered water.
    Overall, drainage companies in London are best placed to deal with any drain problems on your property. Our expert team here at Environ Drainage Services London provides a range of high-quality services to keep blockages at bay. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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