Ipswich Plumbers’ Best Tips for a Blocked Drain

The team at Nuflow Ipswich have seen it all, and with our extensive experience (we’re talking much more than just a blocked drain or two!), we thought we would share some of our best home tips for those looking for a quick fix to unclog a blocked drain.

We also recommend checking out our other article on how to prevent a block drain in the first place.



A quick, easy and cheap way of clearing minor blockages in your drain. By pouring boiling water down the drain, it should loosen and dissolve the build up. This can be effective on grease or food build-up, without having to resort to more drastic measures. If you find that the blockage is still not budging, add about half a cup of salt into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes before adding the boiling water.


Combining these two substances together creates a chemical reaction that makes a fizzy foam, which helps to the gunk in a blocked drain. Pour a small cup of bi-carb soda down the drain, then follow with a small cup of vinegar, covering immediately with a plug or rag. Wait 10 minutes, then slowly pour boiling water to wash any residue down the drain.


The simplest method most homeowners use to unblock a drain. Using a rubber plunger can help break up any debris to get your drain moving. To use a plunger properly, make sure that it seals the opening completely and push up and down on the plunger slowly a few times. This will force air into the pipe and then use suction to bring it back up. When you hear the suction clear the clog, pull it up quickly and remove the plunger and flush the drain well with warm water.


If after using these tips your drain is still blocked, call your local Ipswich plumber with expertise in cleaning and repairing blocked drains. If you live in the surrounding areas of Redbank, Goodna, Springfield Lakes, Ripley, Willowbank, Amberley, Rosewood, Somerset, Kilcoy or Blackbutt – then that’s us! At Nuflow Ipswich, we are equipped with the latest technology and equipment to identify the exact location of the blockage, to then clear your drains quickly and thoroughly.

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