Frequently Asked Questions about Drain Cleaning

For a bit of fizz and to freshen up your drains try mixing half a cup of baking soda with quarter of a cup of salt and pour it down the drain. Follow that with a cup of warm vinegar. That will froth and bubble. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then flush it down the drain with some hot water.

If that doesn’t do the trick, contact a licensed plumber. They will have the tools and knowledge to clear your drain with ease.

There are two main types of electric drain cleaners. These are:

  • Ridgid Drain Cleaner
  • Marco Drain Cleaner

The Ridgid cleaner uses combinable rods to create the ideal length to remove a drain blockage. The Marco cleaner uses a flexible cable coiled around a drum. This electric cleaner can slice through blockages that are up to 23 metres away.

There are different types of electric drain cleaners. Some are rechargeable, rather than plugged into a wall, which saves you from dragging an electric cable into the shower or around the garden.

Electric drain cleaners, or drain snakes, feature a motor and a reel of cable. The machine won’t do you much good if you don’t have enough cable. Most units feature a safety foot pedal, a forward/reverse switch and an assortment of bits.

The cable is fed into the drain and the rotating motion breaks through blockages, which is then washed away.
However, if the drain has collapsed or there is any other structural damage, it’s time to call a professional.

A fully qualified professional can use a number of methods to clean drains. For a start, a plumber can use a CCTV drain camera to inspect the drain properly to see what the problem is, which can be anything from a minor blockage to invasion from tree roots.
Plumbers can use various methods to clean a drain, including:

  • Hydro jetting – Using a powerful blast of water to clear the drain of blockages
  • Electric drain cleaner – Also known as an electric eel or drain snake. Uses a cable connected to a rotating motor to clear blockages
  • Drain auger – This is also known as a drain snake but it’s not motorised. Only used if the blockage isn’t too serious.