How To Unclog A Channel Drain

Over time, channel drains can get clogged up by dirt and debris, making them inefficient and leading to poor drainage performance. Spotting and sorting a clogged channel drain is one of the key ways to prolong the lifespan of your drains and ensure optimum drainage efficiency.

Spotting Clogged Drains

The most obvious sign of a clogged drain is leaking water or a build up of water, although sometimes a bad smell can also be an indicator. If you notice any of these occurrences, grab your gloves and screwdriver and be ready to get to work!

Removing the Grate

In order to access the main line of the drain, you’ll need to remove the top grate. Find where the grate is linked to the main channel by screw, and unscrew it, the slowly work your way along the channel drain, lifting the grate until it pops off. You’ll need to be careful with PVC grates and ensure you don’t use too much force that it can cause the grate to snap!

Debris Disposal

When you’ve lifted the grate, put on your gloves and remove any of the large debris like leaves and moss by hand and dispose of them correctly. If there’s still some debris leftover, you can always give the channel drain a further flush through with a hose using gentle pressure. Once that’s done, simply position the grate and snap it back into place – you can often do this just by standing on the grate again.

Clearing channel drains doesn’t require any complex tools or materials, so it’s an easy task for everyone to get done. Keeping on top of this regularly can help prevent any huge maintenance issues in the future too. Shop channel drains here, or for more information, get in touch with our team today.