Today, we will learn how to do something super cool and important: clear blocked drains!
Introduction: What are Blocked Drains?
So, imagine your drain is like a tunnel where the water goes after you bathe or wash your hands. Sometimes, this tunnel can get messy and clogged. When that happens, we say the drain is “blocked” because the water can’t flow freely anymore. But don’t worry. We can fix it!
Why Do Canterbury Drains Get Blocked?
Canterbury drains need unblocking for all sorts of reasons. Remember when you accidentally dropped that shiny hairclip in the sink? Or when you were young and tried to flush Mr Fluffy, the toy cat, down the toilet? Those things can get stuck in the drain and cause a blockage. Sometimes, tiny bits of food or grease build up too. Because many homes in Canterbury were built more than 50 years ago, the drainage systems are old which leads to deterioration issues.
What You’ll Need: Your Handy Tools
Before we begin our adventure, let’s gather our tools. You’ll need a plunger, some magical baking soda and vinegar, and a snake-like device called a drain auger. These tools will help us defeat the drain monster!
How to Spot a Blocked Drain: Signs and Clues
Detective time! Let’s find out if our drain is blocked. Is the water not going down the sink or toilet? Is there a funny smell coming from the drain? These are clues that something is blocking the tunnel!
The Amazing Plunger Power!
Here comes our bold plunger! Place it over the drain and push it up and down like a see-saw. The plunger’s power will create a wave, and hopefully, it will drive away the clog.
Shake It Off: Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
Time for some magic potion! Mix baking soda and vinegar in a cup and pour it down the drain. It will fizz like a volcano and help break up the yucky stuff. Let it sit briefly, and then wash it away with hot water.
The Secret Snake Mission: Unclogging Drains
Our sneaky drain auger is ready for action! Gently push it down the drain until you feel resistance. Then twist and turn it to grab the clog and pull it out.
Be a Detective: Finding Hidden Drain Covers
Not all drains are easy to find. Some are like chameleons, hiding in plain sight. We must be detectives and find these hidden drain covers before we can clear the clogs.
Blockage Banisher: The Drain Rods Adventure
Sometimes, the clog is deep inside the tunnel, playing hide-and-seek with us. Fear not! We can reach far and banish the blockage with our trusty drain rods.
Prevention is the Key: Keep Drains Happy
Do you know what’s better than fixing a blocked drain? Not having one in the first place! Let’s learn how to keep our drains happy and healthy by being careful with what we put in them.
Uh-Oh! When to Call a Superhero Plumber
Sometimes, the drain monster is just too tough for us to handle. Don’t worry; it’s okay to call for backup! A plumber will come to save the day and defeat the toughest clogs with modern tools and equipment.