How To Prevent A Blocked Drain in 2021
- William Demirdonder
- Dec 28, 2020
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- 15-minute read
If you’ve got a blocked drain, you know how painfully frustrating it is. Here are some tips to prevent drain blockages from occurring at your property: We’re talking about one of our favorite topics – preventative plumbing! One of the most regular plumbing jobs our eastern suburbs team gets called out to do is unclog a blocked drain.
And most of these jobs are avoidable with regular checks and proper drain maintenance – AKA preventative plumbing.
These two rooms in your home are prone to the most amount of debris clogging your drains. In the bathroom, the main culprit is hair. You may think that a little bit every now and again won’t hurt but let me tell you…. it all adds up! In the kitchen, how often would food scraps, oil, and dirt find their way down your drain? It would be worth investing in a strainer plug to stop this from entering your drain.
Foreign objects consist of sanitary products, wipes, nappies, and paper towels. Even if these products claim to be flushable, we highly recommend avoiding flushing them. They are unable to break down in drains and cause blocked drains very frequently to occur. Placing a small bin beside your toilet could be a worthwhile solution.
Do you know what food is the biggest culprit for clogging drains? RICE! Before cleaning your dishes, scrape all food scraps into the bin and then wash. I know it’s far easier to rinse them, but you’re clearly reading this article for a reason…
I must admit, I am guilty of this sometimes. A combination of coffee grounds, oil, and grease is a recipe for disaster. There are many better ways to dispose of your coffee grounds, including putting them in the bin, a worm compost, or even your garden. Coffee grounds act as a fertilizer for your garden so why waste putting them down your drain?
This is a big no-no. It may seem innocent when you do it whilst washing your dishes, but in cold temperatures, these oils will harden and turn into lumps which can contribute to blocked drains.
Following these simple steps and forging some new habits, you will be on the way to preventing your drains from unwanted blockages.
Instead of clogging your drains up with that excess oil from your can of tuna, it’s recommended to dispose of it in a container to throw out with the weekly rubbish.
Although both grease and oil seem harmless, both harden once they enter your pipes and will build up over time. Other forms of debris can also build up with greater ease, more likely to cause you a blockage
If used correctly, these are a fantastic asset. They will stop any forms of debris from entering your drains, such as scraps of food, hair, and dirt. This enables you to dispose of this debris in your rubbish, as opposed to down your drain
No exceptions! Things such as paper towels, wipes, and sanitary items will be too heavy for the toilet and plumbing system to handle. A suggestion to avoid this from happening is to add a small rubbish bin beside the toilet for these materials
This will help to break down debris that has built up in your drain, helping to prevent blocked drains from occurring. If you have a blocked drain that boiling water can’t seem to solve, you will most likely be in need of a plumber. If that is the case, feel free to contact the friendly team at Proximity Plumbing.
If left unchecked, blocked drains can create some serious plumbing problems! If you find yourself in a plumbing jam with a blocked drain, our Proximity Plumbing team is ready to help. We do not charge overtime for last-minute or unexpected emergencies.
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