We think of CCTV used for keeping tabs on people, providing protection and surveillance. But what would a CCTV drain survey tell you about your lifestyle? What is going down your drain, should it be there, and what might you do about it?
Do You Think Before You Flush?
Your drains are something you probably take for granted. Pretty much anything can be washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet, right? It’s a kind of magic, where waste simply disappears.
Except, that sometimes it won’t. Drains cannot deal with all waste. They are simply not designed for this purpose. There are lots of things that, if you flush or drain them away, will end up clogging your drains. This may not happen immediately, but, over time, your drains will get less and less efficient, taking longer for water to drain out of sinks, for example.
Then the day will come when you flush the loo and the water backs up and you have various floating surprises. Not pleasant.
What Blocks Drains?
In the bathroom, it might be your hair, which is a common culprit. Hair sheds in the shower and bath and, if left untreated, it will clog drains.
If you use cotton wool balls, pads and swabs then putting these down the drain can spell trouble. Yes, they are disposable, but no, not down the toilet.
In the kitchen, public enemy number one for causing drain blockages is cooking fat. Yes, grease from cooking food is not pleasant, but while it appears to easily flow away as you run the tap over it, in fact it is doing nothing of the sort.
Fat will coat the inside of your drains, making them narrower, and therefore less able to work efficiently. Eventually it can congeal into large fatbergs which clog up the drain entirely.
Other food waste and leftovers, such as pasta, can expand in water and start to build up obstacles in the drain. Coffee grounds can form a thick sludge that blocks kitchen sinks.
Other items such as toilet wipes, and even luxury thickness toilet paper, are not always as disposable as they say they are – how disposable also depends on the state of your drains.
Always check before you flush. And if your drains are sluggish or simply not working as well as they should, contact us and we can arrange a CCTV drain survey. This is a cost-effective means of diagnosing drainage issues and discovering what is blocking your drains.