How To Prevent Your Drains Blocking

Blocked drains can be a major inconvenience causing toilets and sinks to back up and spill over, making them impossible to use.

Based in Liverpool, can offer a speedy, convenient and reliable drain unblocking service but there are some steps you can take to help prevent the problem.

Here’s a few top tips from the professionals to help your drains keep flowing for as long as possible.

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Wet wipes

In the UK, we’re used to being able to flush tissues through our sewage system rather than having to dispose of them via other means.

However, the same can’t be said of wet wipes.

Many households use wet wipes, especially those with children but these should never be flushed down the toilet – even if they say flushable!

This is because unlike tissue, wet wipes don’t break down and over time can cause blockages in the system (aside from being bad for the environment). Wet wipes being flushed away are one of the most common causes of blocked drains.

Congealed items

prevent drain from blockingIf you’re cooking it’s often easy to rinse out a pan or simply empty the waste contents down the sink than scrape it into the bin, particularly if it’s wet and a bit messy.

But no matter how fluid the contents seem to be, you should consider whether there’s any risk that they will set hard once they’ve cooled and congeal in the pipes. Greasy food and fat are the two main culprits here; they may seem to tip down the plug hole easily enough but can solidify very quickly within the pipes causing the drains to become blocked. Fat also has a tendency to stick and cling to the sides as it’s flushed away, making it far more prone to blocking the drain.

If for any reason throwing debris down the sink is unavoidable, immediately following it with a quick blast of cold water will make it congeal instantly and move through the pipes rather than solidifying against the sides.

Anything missing?

One of the less obvious problems which can be a nightmare for drains is foreign objects. This could be anything from hair clips and slides, to small components from a child’s toy.

The item may – annoyingly! – slide down the plughole easily enough but once it reaches a narrow pipe it can get stuck, and then further debris can become wrapped around it such as soap residue or hair.

Therefore, when you drop something down a plughole there may not seem to be an immediate problem but a blockage can gradually build..

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