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How To Fix A Clogged Drain in Richmond

If you need help with fixing a clogged drain, keep reading:

  1. Identifying a clogged drain.
  2. Fixing a blocked drain.
  3. Preventing blockages in the future.
  4. Knowing your responsibility for unblocking public and private drains.


Clogged Drain


Find out the initial steps you’ll need to take if you face a clogged drain

  1. Find the issue
    If the water in your bath or toilet is not draining correctly, this indicates the drain is blocked. 
  2. Do not use the drain.
    Ensure you don’t put any more water into the drain! This will only make the problem worse and harder to fix. 
  3. Safety is a priority
    Before dealing with a clogged or blocked drain, ensure your safety by wearing full protective clothing (including gloves, eye goggles and overalls). Always remember to remove and clean your protective clothing after you’ve finished repairs.


Make sure you have a set of drain rods before you start. These can be hired or purchased at most hardware stores. Once you have put on your protective clothing, follow the steps below:

  1. Clear the cover
    Firstly, remove the inspection cover on the drain. If this cover is rusted closed, use a screwdriver to loosen and scrape off any rust and then lift the cover off. If your drain cover has a handle on it, fix some string or wire to it before pulling the cover off.
  2. Remove the blockage
    We recommend using a rod with a plunger attachment to remove the blockage – this may take a few minutes of hard work by twisting and turning. Alternatively, you may want to try using a regular kitchen mop handle, although this will probably not be as effective or as flexible as a purpose-made drain rod.
  3. Flush with water after removal
    Lastly, after you’ve removed the obstruction, flush the drain well with water to remove any remaining debris.


Unblocking a Clogged Drain in Richmond is best avoided as it can be a hard task.

Here are some preventative tips to avoid future drain blockages:


Learn and research what your responsibilities are as a homeowner or renter, and who you should contact if you have problems with a public drain or sewer.


Reporting a clogged drain
If a neighbour’s drain is overflowing and the water is starting to leak onto your property, contact your local council who can help you in taking the next steps.

For all your plumbing work, you should consider using a professional plumbing business such as Inner City Plumbing or GO2 Plumbing.