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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, grumbling because your sink is blocked and you’ve been hoping for hours now that it will go away? Have you tried using a plunger but feel frustrated because even though it gets the water out, it doesn’t do anything to unblock it? Would you like to know how to use drain rods for unblocking drains? One of the easiest ways to unblock a drain is by using drain rods. Here’s how they work and how to use them.

Safety Precautions

Drain rods are made from the same materials as other plumbing tools, but they have a special coating that makes them safe to use. If you’re not familiar with how to use a drain rod, be sure to read the safety precautions section first.

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What You Will Need

You’ll need a pair of drain rods, which are metal tubes with a threaded end. There are two types of drain rods – one-piece and two-piece – and they work in much the same way. The only difference is the length of the tube. One-piece rods have a shorter tube than two-piece rods, so if you’re trying to unblock an enormous pipe then it might be easier to use two-piece rods instead of one-pieces.

Step 1: Screw the Drain Rods Together

The first step in unblocking a drain is to screw both drain rods together. The rods are available in different sizes, so you can choose one that fits your drain easily. The idea is that by screwing them together, they will create a siphon which will allow water to flow through the pipes freely. You can use any type of nut or bolt that fits into the gap between the rods.

If you have a small gap, then you can use a nut and washer; if there is more space between them then you can fit two nuts or bolts. The last thing to do is lubricate each end of each rod with some grease so that it does not go rusty when exposed to water for extended periods of time.

Step 2: Lubricate the Drain Rod

Once you have screwed the two rods together, it’s time for some Vaseline (or grease). You can find a variety of types of grease on the market today and each has its own purpose; however, most people use some kind of oil-based lubricant such as WD-40 or Vaseline.

Step 3: Locate the Blockage in the Drain

Now that you’ve applied lubrication on your drain rod, you now need to find out where exactly the blockage is located. To do this, turn on your hot water tap so that all water runs through the pipe again (don’t forget to close any gaps).

Next, turn off all other taps in your home and use a flashlight to look down at where all this water is flowing through. If you see anything other than clear water running through there then it may be time for some repairs.

Step 4: Remove Any Debris

Clear the debris that has collected inside the pipe by reaching inside with a drain rod. Make sure that you’re not putting yourself in danger when removing this debris by using a drain rod.

Step 5: Remove The Blockage

Clear any blockages that are too large for one person to remove alone by using both hands on the tool and pulling it through the pipe as far as possible at first until all of the blockage has cleared out. Once this has happened, try removing more pieces of debris until all of them are removed.

Step 6: Push The Rod Down The Drain

Once all of the debris is removed from within your pipes, push down on top of each piece with one hand while holding onto it with another so that it does not go back down into your pipes again.

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Bottom Line

Draining your drainage system effectively is best done with the help of a drain rod. These small pieces of kit can be used to unblock sinks and showers, but they can also do wonders for blocked toilets or baths.

Here, we have shown how to use them to unblock your drains and improve their efficiency, bringing relief to overflowing drains which have been infuriating you for some time. If you have a blockage and would like an expert to handle the issue for you, get in touch with Drain 247 today.