Inner West and Eastern Sydney Plumbers

DIY Drain Fixes

Houston we have a problem!

How to clear a blocked drain or toilet

Mayday! Mayday! Call immediately when:

  • sewage is in your home or garden
  • more than one drain is blocked or slow

If this is the case, you will need expert help because your issue lies with the main sewer line under your home.

For serious (drain) issues, DIY blocked drain repairs/solutions/methods rarely work. Call drainage experts, Pipe Perfection Plumbers, on 1300 00 7473.

Clear minor blockages with a plunger (or coat hanger)

If water has backed up in either your sink or toilet, first try using a plunger:

  1. Put on rubber gloves, cover the area with newspaper
  2. Look for a small tap next to the toilet and turn the water supply off
  3. Cover the plughole or base of toilet bowl with the plunger and press down firmly and slowly, ensuring the plunger is under the water
  4. Pull up quickly and push down slowly to create suction and pressure
  5. If the plunging drains the bowl/sink but the clog is still there, add more water and try again
  6. If plunging doesn’t work – or if a specific object is causing the problem – use a wire coat hanger to retrieve the object or break up the blockage.

What about using chemicals?

As Enviroplumbers, we don’t advise using chemicals for a few reasons. Some chemicals are not only harmful for the environment; but they can damage your pipes.

Instead, we recommend these more natural methods to clear your blocked drain or toilet and clean your pipes.


Bioclean uses natural bacteria and enzymes to ‘eat’ through the blockage in your pipes. You can order Bioclean from us.

Baking soda and vinegar

  1. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain then slowly add half a cup of white vinegar
  2. Wait for 30 minutes then rinse with plenty of boiling water
  3. Repeat if necessary.

Tip: To prevent your pipes and drains clogging up, use these natural methods once a month.

If DIY methods haven’t cleared your blocked drains, it’s time to ask a professional plumber for help. We’ve seen every kind of blockage you can imagine (so there’s no need to feel embarrassed).

If you are in the Inner West or Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, call Pipe Perfection Plumbers on 1300 00 7473.We’re the friendly experts you need to unblock the impossibly blocked!

Plus we offer a lifetime drain guarantee when we reline or replace your pipes. If your pipe ever becomes blocked while you own your home, we’ll fix it for free. No charges for parts or labour. Completely free!