A blocked drain can be a huge pain and an extremely messy problem if it gets out of hand. Luckily, there are a few things you can do in order to prevent it happening, or at least reduce the frequency of blockages. Below are some of the ways you can keep your plumbing as healthy as possible all year round.
Use drain covers
Keep hair out of bathroom drains and food out of kitchen sinks by investing in an effective drain cover. There are a whole range of drain covers on the market but if you’re serious about keeping your drains clear it’s best to buy a mesh cover. These can slow down the time it takes for water to drain but that just means they’re doing their job. To clean them, just wait until the water completely drains, remove the cover, trash whatever bits and pieces it caught and put back over your drain. You can do this after each use or as needed.
Never put oil down the sink
Oil and water don’t mix. Any oil that goes down the sink will find all the scraps of waste it can and eventually solidify into a mass of fat that can cause serious blockages. The oil that does make it out of your pipes will only cause problems further down the line and you’ll still end up paying for it with your tax dollars when the sewer pipes need clearing or repairing. Instead, wait for any oil in your pans to solidify and then dispose of it in your bin. If you don’t want to wait, pour the oil into a jar and once again leave it to set before throwing away.
Never flush baby wipes or sanitary products
The only product designed to break down in your waste pipes is toilet paper. Unfortunately many people don’t realise this and flushing baby wipes has become a huge problem as they clump together into massive balls and create blockages that are extremely hard to remove. Sanitary products should never be flushed either so it’s always a good idea to keep a bin in your bathroom for guests to discreetly use. The older your pipes are, the more trouble they’ll have, so if your toilet doesn’t seem to be flushing properly it’s best to have them checked out sooner rather than later.
Be a vigilant gardener
Another thing that can wreak havoc on your pipes is your garden, particularly trees. Older trees or those with far reaching root structures are known to cause plumbing problems, so that may be something worth investigating if you have frequent trouble with your pipes. It’s also something to think about when planting new trees, if you want to plant somewhere less likely to interfere with your pipes. If you have trees that drop a lot of leaves, you should also make sure to check and clear your drain pipes on a regular basis, especially during autumn and winter.
If you are having trouble with your pipes, especially issues that keep arising again and again, you may find that the culprit is your own bad habits. Being a bit more careful about what goes into your drains could save you a lot of money and hassle on preventable plumbing problems. Also, be careful what you put down your drains to try and clear them, as over-the-counter products could be doing more harm than good. Stick to natural products and if you need anything tougher, call in an expert.
If you have a blocked drain or would like to speak to a plumber about how to take care of your pipes, simply call 1300 072 726 or book online for a free quote.