How To Unblock A Sewage Drain?

A blocked drain can produce an unpleasant odour, make your water drain slowly, or stop it from draining altogether. But if it’s your sewage drain that has been clogged, you could end up facing far more disgusting, dangerous problems, including sewage spills on your property.

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers rapid-response sewage cleaning services. Its technicians can quickly and thoroughly clear the sewage, and decontaminate your property to make it safe again. They are available nationwide, day and night, 365 days a year.

Read on to hear from the experts on how to clear an obstruction in your sewage drain.

The signs of a blocked sewage drain

  • Multiple fixtures in your home are draining slowly, like the sink, shower, and bath
  • The toilet is overflowing when flushed as the water cannot go anywhere
  • You can hear gurgling from the drains when you use a fixture, like flush the toilet
  • A sewage smell is coming from your drains as waste is not draining properly
  • There is a muddy-looking mess in your garden or vegetation is growing quickly because sewage is leaking in your garden

A clogged sewer line can damage your plumbing, disturb business operations, and even put people’s health at risk if it results in sewage spills.  

Sewage contains harmful bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Adenovirus, and must be cleaned up by trained professionals immediately.

What causes a blocked drain?

Blocked Drains
plumber repairing a choked-up drain with pliers

The most common causes of clogs include hair, toiletries like baby wipes and sanitary items, and grease and fat from cooking being washed down drains.

Another frequent problem is tree roots growing and entering or damaging drains, and heavy rain and storms causing leaves to build up in drains.

Why you should not attempt to unblock a sewage drain yourself?

Although there is plenty of guidance online for clearing drains, you must leave it to professional cleaners. They can quickly identify and clear the obstruction with specialist equipment like CCTV, high-pressure water jets, and electro-mechanical equipment.

Sewage blockage removal, in particular, is very dangerous due to the health risks associated with sewage exposure. Professionals will have the personal protective equipment (PPE) and training required to keep themselves safe during cleaning.

You may also make the situation worse should you use the wrong cleaning method, such as using too many chemicals in a sewer drain. Instead, you must bring in drain unblocking specialists as soon as possible to fix the problem.

In the event a blocked sewage drain causes a sewage spill on your property, ICE Cleaning’s sewage cleaners can help. Its technicians are trained biohazard specialists and can be on-site in a matter of hours in an emergency. You can find out more about ICE Cleaning’s range of cleaning services on its website.

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