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It’s important to address sewage problems promptly to avoid getting ill from leaks and blockages. For more serious soakaway problems, it’s recommended that you seek the help of a professional plumber or drainage specialist.
Level of difficulty
Level 1 – Beginner
Things you’ll need
- Protective gloves
- Mild detergent
- Auger wire
The steps to follow
- Wear your protective gloves before you start unblocking your soakaway
- You can try to clear the debris in the pipe with a stick
- You can also try inserting a drain auger and engage it to unblock the pipe
- Move the auger to unblock the obstruction and clear the pipe
- Next flush the pipe with water
- Try scrubbing the inside of the pipe with a brush (that is long enough to reach into the pipe)
- To avoid any foul odour, disinfect it with a disinfectant
Note:To avoid any further clogs in soakaway, you should try to seal up any holes on the pipe that may allow debris to enter. If the pipe is old and worn out, you should try to replace it with a modern plastic pipe. You can hire a professional high-water cleaner with a drain cleaning attachment.
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