Blocked drains are not given much thought until it becomes a problem for homeowners. When the signs of blocked drains make themselves known, whether it’s pooling water, bad odours coming from the drains, or hearing gurgling noises, it can be daunting for homeowners to get sorted. Prevention is better than curing the problem. Below are a few tips to help with preventing drain blockages.
Drain strainers are a low-cost, simple and effective option to avoid blocked drains. They can help filter hair, food, and debris from your kitchen sinks and bathroom showers. They’re simple in design and application as they can be found in stainless steel and silicone and placed over your plug holes, and they are easy to remove and clean.
What not to flush!
More often than not, we see more blocked drains from households that have non-flushable items such as wipes, sanitary products, cotton pads, nappies and cloths. Flushing these down your toilet is not advisable and is a common cause of blocked drains.
Cooking Fats and Oils
Many people think that pouring cooking fats and oils down the sink is okay with its liquid form, but that’s not true at all. When going down your sink, the cooking fats and oils cool and, therefore, start sticking to the inside of your pipes, which, over time, can cause a build-up, inevitably clogging up your drainage system. Instead, pour the fats and oils into an empty jar or bottle and dispose of it with your general rubbish.
If you start noticing problems with your drainage, don’t ignore them. The longer it’s ignored and left, the worse it will get and the more work it will need to get fixed. Have a drain inspection to ensure your pipes are all working as they should and if there’s anything that needs clearing.
Make sure you spread these Tips to help others in preventing drain blockages so that they don’t have to call anyone out.