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Dealing with Adelaide Blocked Drains: Common Drain Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Blocked drains are a big problem! When it comes to clogged drains in the house or at the place of business, how often do we try to avoid calling an experienced Adelaide blocked drain plumber to save a few dollars? Attempting to perform DIY drain clearing solutions can backfire and cause more harm than good. Blocked drains must be inspected and cleared by qualified Adelaide blocked drain plumbers – saving your time and money. A drain cleaning technique by an inexperienced rookie can end up costing you more in the long run.

4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Drain Cleaning

We come across different types of blocked drain situations every day and have captured some of the common attempts that should be avoided when you have a clogged or blocked drain at home or office.


DIY solutions such as chemical cleaners that are available at supermarkets may actually cause more harm than good. While they may seem fast and easy to use, many chemical drain cleaners are safety and environmental hazard. Additionally, harsh chemicals such as caustic sodas that are a main ingredient in these cleaners can corrode your drain pipes and cause serious leaks and bigger issues in the future. Recurring blocked drains may be the sign of larger issues that can be problematic to solve. To avoid long-term problems caused by using chemical cleaners on recurring drain blockages, it may be best to call an Adelaide blocked drain plumber. Additionally, plumbers have specialised cleaners that are safer for the environment that they can use to help clear any blockages.


You would have come across various websites recommending the use of clothing hangars to dislodge a clog. In our opinion, it simply does not work! Please do not use a clothing hanger in an attempt to unblock a drain. It is important to determine the cause of the blockage before you attempt to clear it. A clothing hanger can cause more issues if it gets stuck in the pipe and cause more damage than what you started with. Experienced and professional blocked drain plumbers are equipped with specialised tools to help fix your problem. This can include CCTV cameras, hydro jet machines, and other devices that can be used to clear a drain blockage. Because of their special training and experience, calling a qualified plumber is often the best thing to do.


Many homeowners have come across the term ‘hydro jet cleaning’ of pipes and drains and they tend to believe that added water pressure will unclog drains and flush out pipes of any debris and foreign material. Well, this is not how hydro-jetting works. If you water your drains with a garden hose, this will not clear out your pipes. It will simply cause a huge drama for you and put your pipes at a high risk of damage. The garden hose should be used to water your garden and plants, your drain cleaning issues must be looked after by professional plumbers. On top of this, because of their experience and professional expertise, a plumber can often quickly identify what’s causing the drain blockage. This allows them to recommend the right and quick solution to your blocked drain issue.

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In these stressful and problematic blocked drain situations, you are best to call your local Adelaide plumbing professional. DIY without any professional training or plumbing experience can cause more issues with your drains. Why stress yourself out trying to perform plumbing tasks that will potentially cost you more time, money and be a big hassle? The best solution is to call your Adelaide plumber for a prompt and efficient drain clearing service.

Adelaide Emergency Plumbing can attend to your blocked drains by using our drain CCTV camera equipment or one of our high-pressure water jetters. Our advanced plumbing tools enable us to find the root cause of the blockage and clean out your pipework promptly. Contact us today for an obligation free quote.