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22nd October 2020


Unblocking drains can be a daunting task that can put a stop to your day’s plans, so Metro Rod Glasgow want to make this easier for you.

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Blocked drains are one of the most common problems for households across the UK, and unblocking drains yourself can be a pretty disgusting thought. This is where we can help, Metro Rod Glasgow are on call all year round to help you when it comes to unblocking drains. We have a great team of experienced engineers who are fully equipped to help you with any drainage problem. 

Metro Rod Glasgow offers two main methods for unblocking drains, high-pressure water jetting and electro-mechanical cleaning. Both are long-term solutions to the problem, removing the whole blockage to ensure your drains are fully functioning again, with less chance of reoccurring blockages. 

If you are feeling brave and what to try and tackle a blocked drain yourself there are a few simple things you can do to unblock a drain. To start with you’ll need to make sure you are protected from any germs, especially when dealing with a blocked toilet. We recommend wearing long rubber gloves, goggles or glasses and putting down some newspaper to protect the floors.


    1. Baking soda and vinegar to unblock a sink - start by pouring 1 cup of baking soda down the plughole or drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water, cover the hole and wait for about an hour. There should be a fizzing reaction happening, which will hopefully work to loosen the blockage. You can then pour boiling water down the drain, little by little to flush it through. 
    2. If you know what is blocking your toilet, e.g. a bar of soap or child’s toy fell in, you can try, while wearing the rubber gloves, to reach in and pull it out. Make sure you have something protecting the floors in case the toilet water flows over a little. 
    3. You can try using a toilet plunger to get things moving by placing it completely over the hole and gently pushing and pulling to create a vacuum that may dislodge the blockage to unblock the drain.

To help prevent any unnecessary blocked drains you should try to avoid disposing of the following down the toilet or sink:

    • Fat, oil and grease
    • Wet-wipes
    • Cotton wool
    • Food scraps 
    • Kitchen paper towels 

We find that these things are the top causes for blocked drains and are what we find when we unblock drains, as they are insoluble and will cling to the uneven pipe walls and then build up to restrict the flow of water. 

Blocked drains can be very persistent so if you need help to unblocking drains, get in contact with us using the information below. 


Metro Rod Glasgow offer services from dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

Make sure you get in touch with us through any of the following:

Enquire through our website: https://www.metrorod.co.uk/local/glasgow/

Get in touch with us via email: [email protected] 

Call us on 0808 208 2627

We any drainage needs, we are the drainage experts. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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