Tips To Prevent Blocked Drains At Home
Properly functioning and well-maintained drainage systems are essential to our daily lives. One of the most essential features of a plumbing system is the drain. If a drain is blocked, it can harm the entire plumbing system of the house. The main culprits of blocked drains in a household plumbing system include what goes down the drain when washing, rinsing, and flushing. While there are practical solutions to unblock a drain, the best move is to avoid a drain blockage from occurring in the first place. Let’s break down some preventable measures and general maintenance to help you avoid this from occurring in your household.
1. Preventing Blocked Sink Drains
Ensure you’ve disposed of all food waste before washing dishes in the sink. Food, especially food scraps like pasta and rice, are the biggest contributors to clogged drains. Be sure to invest in sink strainers to stop anything from falling down the sink that’s not supposed to. It’s also important to avoid pouring liquids and fine particles into your drain like grease, oil, or coffee grounds. These elements will solidify over time and will eventually clog your plumbing system.
2. Preventing Blocked Shower Drains
Over time, shower and bath drains can become clogged with hair, soap and dirt. We recommend using a shower drain catcher to trap any debris, soap scum, and hair before it ever gets into your pipes. Another way to prevent blocked shower and bath drains is to clean your shower or bath drain on a weekly basis. Baking soda and vinegar is a natural way to dissolve hair clumps without resorting to harsh chemicals. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain first and then after a few minutes add a cup of vinegar. Give the mixture a few hours to work to dissolve the blockage, and then rinse out the drain with boiling water.
3. Preventing Blocked Toilets
The simplest way to prevent clogging or blockages is to practice proper flushing. This means becoming more mindful of the things that you flush down the toilet drain. Forcing the wrong materials down the drain will only block them up, leading to larger plumbing issues. Avoid flushing any wet wipes including baby wipes, cotton wipes or cooktop wipes down the toilet. Instead, dispose of them in the rubbish bin.
5. Preventing Blocked Outdoor Drains
Your gutters and stormwater drains must be clear at all times. This means that you should remove leaves, dirt and garden debris regularly to avoid blocking drains and downpipes. This goes especially for the autumn season when leaves, shrubs and tree branches scatter all over the ground. You should also change your outdoor drain cover to a finer grate. This way outdoor debris will have a harder time getting into the drain. Just make sure it’s not too fine, so it doesn’t restrict the flow of water.
If you require drainage unblocking services, contact our professional plumbing experts. Our emergency plumbers in Sydney are available 24 hours a day to help clear your blocked drains.