Lately we’ve had some messages asking for tips to help keep your drains clear and prevent blockages. As I’m sure you’re all aware that a blocked drain in or around the home is something that can not only cause damage to your home; it can be a really smelly problem as well. So if you can keep your drains functioning properly with a bit of TLC, you’ll find that blockages and other issues rarely arise.
Prevention is usually far more effective than cure, and with these helpful tips and tricks you’ll find it far easier to keep your drains running smoothly.
1. Something as simple as Hot water, is just as effective.
To maintain your indoor drains, one of the easiest ways to keep them clear and free from blockages is to pour boiling water down them on a regular basis. A kettle full of boiling water once a week can be a substantial help in removing build ups of fats, oil and grease and preventing blocked drains.
If you do this regularly enough you’ll find that it keeps your drains clear and prevents the need for any drastic action because something has gone wrong further down the line.
2. Most of us have it in our cupboards, Baking Soda & Vinegar.
While it’s not a good idea to use strong chemical cleaners on your drains, as you can never be sure what they’ll react with and if they will damage your drains, you can use a weaker and more organic cleaner which is often found in most cupboards and corner shops should you need some.
The best solution is a combination of baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain, followed by hot water. You will be able to hear a small chemical reaction occurring once you have done this. This reaction helps to remove any stubborn dirt and grime, we recommend you should do this two to three times a year as a form of seasonal maintenance.
3. Watch what you drop down the drains
One of the best ways to maintain your drains is by being extremely careful with what you put down them. While most drains are designed to carry waste and small items such as toilet roll, waste pipes generally don’t deal very well with grease and fat from food, cleansing wipes, dental floss, nappies or sanitary products.
You should be very wary about what you leave to go down your drains and it’s best to try and dispose of waste into the rubbish bin whenever possible. With fats and grease you can pour them into a bottle or food storage container and dispose of them into the waste bins.
4. Clear debris from outside
If you’re trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it’s a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don’t restrict water flow at any point.
5. Hire a local drain clearing company
Always remember, if you have a blocked drain/toilet/sink or bath and you’re unable to unblock them, stop right away and cut the water supply, it’s best to get in touch with a drain clearing company that has the experience and specialist equipment to sort it right away.
So if you live in the West Midlands get in touch with Clearflow Drains to see how they can unblock your drains today. Unlike most companies Clearflow are open 24/7, 365 days per year and can get out to you within 1 hour. For further advice or professional help with drain unblocking don’t hesitate to call us, Our professional engineers are always on hand to offer help and support.