Can you imagine what it would be like to live without plumbing and drainage disposal in your home? It’s such an integral part of our modern domestic living that it’s easy to take for granted. But when things go wrong with your drains, it can be a problem that’s beyond your control to rectify.
It’s good to know that in an emergency you can contact professionals like Express Drainage Systems to resolve your drainage problems. Prevention is always better than cure however, so if you follow these simple preventative tips and learn how to look after your drains, you will be better equipped to prevent blockages before they occur.
Here are some simple tips on drain blockage prevention:
Grease from fats and oils may be liquid on entering a drain, but it soon gets cold down there and will rapidly congeal, become a sticky solid mass that adheres to pipe walls and attracts further waste to it.
Use a fat trap (a lined, disposable container) to pour waste oils and fats into. Or add to your green recycling bin – keep a caddy in the kitchen for food waste – it’s healthy for your pipes as well as the planet!
Both human and pet hair are also major clog-factors. The simplest way to avoid drains becoming blocked by hair build up is to install simple mesh screens over all your drains, particularly shower and bath drains.
A mesh screen in the kitchen sink will also trap food waste from washing up. They are easy to clean out – just make it a habit to empty them regularly.
Coffee grounds seem like a harmless, free-flowing item to wash down the sink. However, you may be surprised to learn that they are a high risk factor for drain blockages.
Dispose of them – along with other food waste particles, like rice and pasta – in the food waste bin.
Items such as wet-wipes, dental floss, cotton balls and feminine hygiene items should be disposed of in a bin, not flushed down the toilet. They easily snag on rough parts inside drains and build up into potential blockages.
Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals
Engine oil, paints and solvents should be safely disposed of according to local regulations; never introduced to the water supply where they can harm our groundwater and be toxic to plants and wildlife. Return unused medicines to a chemist for safe disposal.
Tips to Maintain Clean Drains
As well as teaching your family what is safe and not safe to dispose of down the drains, it’s a good idea to use some simple regular cleaning procedures.
A handful of baking soda in the drain, followed by a kettle of hot (not boiling) water, will help to dissolve and loosen any fats that have started to build up.
A cupful of vinegar will act in the same way. Buy yourself an auger – a long, flexible tool – to hook out build-ups and dislodge early build-up.
Remember – most drain blockages can be avoided. But if your drains do become blocked, call in expert help quickly. Express Drainage Solutions are the leading providers of drain inspections, unblocking services and repairs across London and the South East.