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Drain unblocking — What to do if your bath plughole gets blocked

There are few simple pleasures more relaxing in life than drawing a hot bath at the end of the day, and enjoying an hour of two in that warm, bubbly water. It’s something that we’re doing less and less however, as our fast lifestyles make the majority of us choose to shower instead, so it’s easy to forget about how relaxing a long soak can be.

Baths not only release tension, but they can also be good for our skin and can help us sleep better. If nothing else, they’re an excuse to close the door and shut out the rest of the world for a while, giving you some precious time to think, enjoy a glass of wine or listen to some relaxing music.

The fact that baths are usually so relaxing is at direct odds with how they make you feel when the plughole gets clogged up and water either drains away slowly, or not at all. When it comes to drainage, there are few things in the world more infuriating than a blocked drain!

More often than not, such a blockage in a bath plughole is caused by hair — not just long hair though, but facial hair can also be a culprit too. If left over time, hair can build up and cause annoying blockages that ruin bath time! You might first notice it if your bath has a shower and water drains away slowly around your feet, pooling around the plughole.

If you find that your bath plughole isn’t flowing away properly as it should, here’s our advice on the steps you can take to clear that blockage.

Have a look down the drain

It might seem obvious, but just take a look down your drain. If you can spot what’s causing the blockage, usually a build-up of hair or soap scum, pull it out if possible. It might feel disgusting, but it could be a very simple fix to the problem.

Try a plunger

When trying to clear a blocked drain, a cup style plunger is best. Put the plunger over the plughole and plunge with a vertical up-and-down action, keeping the handle straight and vertical for 15-30 seconds. If it’s still blocked after the first attempt, repeat the process to see if more plunging works.

Take other measures

There are other home remedies that might solve the problem. A drain snake, sometimes known as a drain hook, is a long, flexible cable lowered into a sink drain that can catch and free up any blockages. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar has also been known to help clear such blockages, while bleach can be effective in certain instances.

Call in Clear-flow

It may be that you’ve tried everything you can think of and the blockage just won’t clear. When you get to this point, the best thing you can do is call a professional drain unblocking service like Clear-flow.

Our experienced engineers will be able to accurately assess the problem using our specialist equipment and take the necessary steps to clear that blockage and get the water flowing again.

Clear-flow are experts in unblocking drains, regardless of what has caused the blockage. If you have a blocked drain and need a CCTV drainage survey to find out what’s gone wrong or just want it cleared, call us on 0800 317 082.

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