SPARE THE ROD

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - DO IT YOUR WAY - BASIL DUN­CAN-SMITH SI­MON’S TOWN

A blocked sewer drain can be a prob­lem if you don’t have plumb­ing rods. Here’s a handy al­ter­na­tive plan.

Take a length of 20 mm black ir­ri­ga­tion pipe. It is firm enough to put into the drain, and in­serted into the out­flow pipe as far as it will travel.

Now, take your gar­den hose and in­sert it into the ir­ri­ga­tion pipe, also as far as pos­si­ble. Turn the water on full.

The hose pipe it­self is not firm enough to be fed into the blocked sewer, but us­ing the ir­ri­ga­tion pipe al­lows it to travel much fur­ther down the blocked drain.

I have found this very use­ful.

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