Drain related issues can be some of the most frustrating and most time consuming to deal with. While a clogged drain can’t always be prevented, it’s important to ensure that you’re doing everything in your power to avoid it where possible. Here are five simple tips help prevent some common drainage problems:
- Don’t pour fats and oils down your drains
The grease associated with fats and oils can get congealed and stick to your pipe walls. These can quickly clog your drains as other types of waste becomes attached to the sticky substance. Avoid these by simply pouring any fats and oils into your food waste caddy. You can also purchase a fat trap, which is a disposable container that you can pour any waste oils and fats into.
- Get mesh or plug screens installed to avoid blockage due to hair
A major cause of drain blockage is the build-up of hair clogging up your pipes. The good news is this can easily be avoided. Mesh or plug screens can be placed over to trap the hair before it goes down the drain. These are low cost and also easy enough to remove and clean regularly. This is particularly vital for shower drains, but can also be extremely useful to catch food waste in kitchen drains.
- Have a separate bin dedicated to food waste
A food waste bin is an absolute necessity to avoid drain blockage. No matter how small or harmless looking a food item is, it’s not a good idea to dispose of any solids down your liquid sinks. Even rice and ground coffee beans can clog your pipes. Invest in a small green caddy bin to get rid of all your food waste in and you’re much less likely to have to call in drainage experts.
- Maintain and clean your drains regularly
At-home drain maintenance should be a regular part of domestic cleaning. It is actually a lot simpler to keep your drains cleaner than you may think. All you need are a couple of product that you’re already likely to have in your cupboard. Use a handful of baking soda and a cup of hot water to loosen up any fats and waste building up in your drain. Alternatively, you can use a cup of vinegar to dislodge potential build-up.
- Make sure you’re disposing of all your products in the right place
It’s surprising how many people don’t read a product’s packaging to ensure that they’re disposing of it in the right place. For instance, wet wipes are one of the main causes of clogged up toilets although their packaging clearly states that they should not be flushed.
Avoid any such issues by taking a moment to read any labels which state the correct method of disposal. This is crucial for any items made of fibrous materials as well as any potentially harmful chemical based products.
It’s clear to see that most drain problems can easily be avoided. But if you do come across any issues, get in touch with our experienced team of drainage consultants in Manchester by giving us a call on 0845 226 5060.