“ Harpic Power Jet Sink & Plughole Unblocker „
Well the first review of this kind for me. Im breaking so many of my review virginities today. lol. Well I recently moved into a new house, one nearer the family. What a bright idea that was. Anyway when I moved into the new home every toilet and sink in the house was blocked up. I realy didnt fancy either putting my own hand down there or paying for a plumber. Thought I would try it myself with ordinary bleach. What a waste of money that was. I was just about to give up and call the plumber when I found this cleaner in my local shop. I thought I may as well give it a go. God knows I had tried everything else. Anyway when I got it home I gave it a whirl. I simply squeze a small ammount of the liquid into both the toilet and the sink holes and left to settle. To my suprise as well it actually smelt quite pleasant. I think it was the apple or some realy stupid name for it. Well you know all of these long winded names they gave to cleaning products. Well about half an hour later when I went to check on it I was amazed it had cleaned all of the toilet and plugs and unblocked the pipes. All I had to do was give it a once over with the mopping cloth and they were sparkling new. The performance is amazing. I thought that nothing would be abel to lift that dirt. As far as appearances go though this falls flat on its face. I looks like a weapon. lol. No, but it is big, it is quite heavy to carry home as well, so fellas, help your ladies out with the shopping. Due to the fact that I have young family members I was highly suited that it came with a child safety cap. Very, very useful. What would we do without them eh? No so I wont go into the ingrediants of the product becuase simply I dont know them and I feel that you wont want to know them. I highly recomend this product to anyone. Well its far cheaper than a plumber and much safer than a DIY job. Top work harpic.
My shower was fitted for me about five years ago. It was fitted into one of those cupboards you find in the bedroom. Due to the position of the cupboard, the plumber had to run the waste out under the bedroom floor, and, as it turned out, no access to the u-bend and an almost straight pipe with not a lot of help from gravity. When it blocked for the first time, I was able to get some industrial strength acid from work, cleared the problem in no time! But it was dangerous! Now I've changed my job, I also had a new problem.....how do I clear the shower when it blocks? It's a regular problem, as my husband shaves in the shower. Browsing the shelves of my local supermarket, I came across Harpic Power Jet in the tin. I'd seen it advertised on the telly, and priced at £3.70, I thought I'd give it a go. Wow! Three seconds later, my shower went from non moving water to gurgling down the drain! Amazing! I'd recommend this product! It doesn't come more awkward than my shower drain!! It was cheaper than a plumber, no chemicals, (I think it's compressed air)it shot the blockage down the drain at what seemed like a hundred miles an hour!
Anybody know how much a plumber costs? I would guess at around fourty pounds for a call out (or more, depending on where you live), plus the time the job takes and this is usually at least an hour. That's about seventy pounds by my wreckoning. Then there's the time you have to take off work waiting for the plumber to arrive.'Yes, madam, I'll be there before 10am and it should only take ten minutes'. Six hours later you are still waiting. So, I saved myself almost sixty-five pounds this week and another day off work which adds up to around £100 if you're self employed as I am. Total saved by using this amazing product: £170. Let me start at the beginning. I had a kitchen sink that was running away very slowly and I did nothing about it until it was taking half an hour to empty. What did I do? I unscrewed the u-bend and cleaned it out, put the whole thing back together and thought I'd solved the problem. The water still would not run away. There was obviously a blockage in the main pipe leading from the sink to the drain. I thought I was going to have to pay a plumber until a friend said that she had used Harpic Powerjet and would thouroughly recommend it. This stuff comes in a can which looks like an overgrown aerosol, or a miniature fire extinguisher, which ever description takes your fancy. The can itself is blue and it has a bright red top made of plastic. Inside lurks a canned plumber. You cannot see him; he has no name; but he's waiting for your command. First of all, be warned, read the instructions. I pulled the top off thinking that I didn't need instructions and I had great difficukty in replacing it in exactly the right position,(this is important in the operation of the canister). First of all you need to put about 1.5 inches depth of water into this sink. This helps to prevent airlocks in the pipe. Then you turn the top part of the red top until the arrow lines up with the narrow slot on the lower half. These marks are not easy to find so make sure that you know where they are before you start twisting and turning the two halves of the top. The arrow on the top half points down but it's quite hard to find. There are two slots on the bottom half and it's the narrow on of these you need to align with the arrow. They are both small s lots so make sure that you select the narrower one. Once your arrow and slot are aligned you can place the canister, upside down, over the plughole. Take a wet dishcloth and hold it over the overflow at the back of the sink. This is to stop the compressed air from escaping that way. Then you press down firmly on the bottom of the canister. You will hear a hissing sound. When it stops the job is complete. The pressure released from the can can clear most blaockages in household pipes. The canister cost me 3.95 at Wilkinsons and even if you take into account what it cost me to go and get it, I still saved sixty-five pounds on what a plumber would have charged me. This is really easy to use and certainly worth trying before you pay someone to solve the problem for you.
I had problems with water drainig from my bath- it was taking quite a while. I purchased Harpic power Jet (the one in the tin). I read the lable and everything seemed easy enough. I followed the instructions and now my bath plug is totally blocked, the water isn't moving at all. I've got bits of sludge coming up but nothing is going down. Considering the price and the promises on the tin, I'm very unhappy with the results. It has made the problem worse.
Where would we be without the humble plughole? That round aperture which sits patiently beneath the water in our sinks, baths and showers, modestly covered until the plug is pulled. Plugholes remain unpraised and unnoticed until the pipes beneath them become blocked. It is then that they come to our attention with much unfair cursing. After all it isn't the plughole's fault that soap (even the liquid variety) and hair accumulates until it rebels and shuts the lid. I have little trouble with my soakaways with the exception of my shower. The angle of the pipe beneath is of necessity shallow, although causing few problems. Normally a once a week treat of household soda crystals, followed by very hot water is enough to keep the unseen parts of basins and shower etc, sweet and running freely. That is until I wash my hair after a visit to the hairdresser for a dry trim, which leaves loose cuttings hidden in my hair ready to fall out under the next shower. Then I know that fairly soon I shall be paddling and a dose of unblocker will be needed. This is a market which offers several options. There is the caustic variety which needs goggles, a mask, gloves, protective overalls and boots and every window in the house open before the container is even opened. Ok, ok! That was an exaggeration, but it certainly wouldn't do our plastic pipes any good. Then there are gels which need water already in situ where it has been rejected by the outlet. My favourite has been the original and ordinary Mr Muscle, which needed only to be slowly poured in, followed by a half hour wait and a shot of boiling water. I also found that I could make this last for 2 applications. However, unless a special trip to the village hardware store is made, there is little choice in supermarkets. Thus it was that after a couple of days of my shower doubling as a foot bath, I had to make do with Harpic Power Jet sink and plughole unblocke r from the Sainsbury shelf. Although a similar price to Mr. Muscle at £4.99 the 400ml metal container was strikingly different. The 91/2" high metallic blue can with an unusual red top, shaped liked an able seaman's hat, told me that this was a fast and easy way to solve the problem of fully blocked and slow running sinks and plugholes when caused by soap, scum, hair and grease. More, the blurb informed me that it worked in seconds. Now this was different and I took on the challenge. Apparently it is important that adjacent overflow pipes and plugholes are covered with a damp cloth. Since this does not apply to my shower, I prepared to start. It was at this stage, while going over the instructions for use, that I realised that no preparation is needed. Not even gloves. Never have I known such ease of use for one of these magic unblockers. The instructions are clearly illustrated, including directions for use in larger plugholes and the first pleasant surprise was the ease of opening. I fully agree that containers should be made child proof. Why oh why, though, do they make them adult proof as well? You know the sort of thing. "Press the marks on the side of the cap hard, then turn". By the time I have been forced to place the container between my knees and tried to use both hands with all the pressure I can manage and turn the cap at the same time, I am in danger of squirting a hazardous liquid everywhere. At the very least I am likely to lose half the contents before I start dispensing. Not so with the Harpic Unblocker. The bottom of the large and smart red top is held by one hand, while the top is turned until an arrow lines up with a thick notch. The contents will now dispense. Turn the container upside down over the offending plughole, place a hand over the bottom of the can and push down for about 3 seconds, rather like a cigarette lighter gas can. It was at this stage that I rea lised that my £4.99 had disappeared with a sharp shushing noise down the plughole in one go. The can was empty! I assumed the shower outlet pipe was as well, but sent a jug of water after it just in case. The water shot down out of sight, there was a gurgling "whoosh" and all was clear. This preparation can be used in standing water, so there is no need to bale out first and it is also safe for bath and sink surfaces. Once having realised how powerfully (although safely) the can empties I can see why overflow holes should be covered. It should not be used in the toilet bowl and it goes without saying that the contents are only directed downwards. The formula is not itemised, but we are assured that this is liquid, pipes cannot be damaged and the dispenser is ozone friendly. Although £4.99 is not cheap for a single application I shall definitely buy another should I need an unblocker. Do remember though that a weekly dose of half a cup of household soda crystals poured into or around your plug holes, followed by boiling water, should prevent chemicals being needed too often. It leaves pipes smelling fresh as well.