Avoiding blocked drains is important for all of us. A blocked drain can be inconvenient at any time. Not only can a blocked drain be inconvenient, but it can cause quite a mess and result in a very unhygenic and dangerous environment for the entire family.
A blocked drain can be caused by any number of things, and most of these can be easily avoided. Your drains need to remain free of debris to ensure that waste water and effluent can run freely away from your property into the mains sewerage system. Most drain blockages that we attend could be easily avoided by following some easy rules regarding exactly what you dispose of down your toilets, sinks and drains. So here are 7 things for you to consider, that will greatly assist in ensuring that your drain continues to flow freely:
1: Disposable Nappies
One of the largest causes of blocked drainage systems is cause by flushing disposable nappies down the toilet.
It may seem perfectly normal to flush a disposable nappy down your toilet, but trust us when we say…
“Disposable Nappies are NOT designed for flushing down ANY toilet”
Nappies are NOT bio-degradable and they will block your drain and can cause quite a serious blockage.
2: Oil, Fat & Grease
Whilst it may seem perfectly normal to wash Oil, Fat and Grease down your sink, and it may appear that this run aways quite easily, trust us when we say that this is far from the truth.
Oil, fat and grease are all heavier than water and whilst the water WILL appear to carry it away, over time it will accumulate on the inner surfaces of your waste pipes and gradually solidify and restrict the flow inside those waste pipes. It will particularly stick around U bends, pipe junctions and inside sink traps.
The best way to dispose of old Oil, Fat and Grease is to place it in a sealable container and put it in your bin, thus avoiding costly blockages of your drainage system.
3: Wet Wipes
Another common cause of drain blockages are “Wet Wipes” these can be any combination of Baby Wipes, Make-Up removal wipes etc, all of which, are not easily degradable by water, but because of their fibrous nature can get caught up in your pipework causing an inconvenient blockage. Wet wipes should be disposed of in your bin and NOT down the toilet.
OK, we know that this one is not necessarily something that you would knowingly dispose of down your drain, but it does accumulate very quickly in bath and shower drains and can, over time, cause poor drainage of bath’s and showers. The easiest way to avoid this unfortunate type of blockage is to fit a drain guard to your shower and simply clean this after each shower and by keeping a watchful eye on your bath drain and clearing any hair from the drain after the bath water has drained away.
5: Sanitary Products
Women and some Men too, use a wide range of sanitary products, such as Cotton Buds, Cotton Cleaning Pads and Sanitary Towels, none of which are designed to be flushed down your toilet. These are all items that belong in the bin and NOT down your toilet. You have been warned!
6: Food Waste
Food waste of varying types is another big cause of drain blockages. Whilst it may seem quite normal to rinse your plates, bowls, teapots, coffee press and other kitchen items down the sink, all of that waste, whilst it may appear to be washing away down the plug hole, is a disaster just waiting to happen.
We have seen many blockages caused by a mixture of the following items:
Also, these types of waste products, not only risk blocking your drains, but, they will normally result in foul smelling drain too, which is also a rather unpleasant situation to find yourself in that will require additional remedial work to resolve.
SO, wherever possible, ensure that your food waste is disposed of in the bin PRIOR to do the washing up.
Paint? I hear you ask, yes, believe it or not we have had occasion to be called to blockages where paint has been disposed of down the drain and this has caused a rather unpleasant blockage.
Whilst emulsion paint is water soluble and, we have all had occasion to wash our brushes and rollers in the sink, it is not the place to dispose of left over paint. Any paint that you have left over should be sealed in its container and disposed of at your local waste recycling centre, where they are equipped to dispose of it properly.