Blocked drains can cause your household an array of unpleasant problems and if they are not dealt with quickly, can cause serious and permanent damage to your home. Fixing a blocked drain can be difficult and expensive and may lead to even more disruption of your home. The best way to deal with blocked drains is to never have them in the first place. But how do you prevent your drains from getting blocked? I’ll come back to this subject in a while but first, let’s have a look at the problems they can cause:
What problems can a blocked drain cause?
Blocked drains can be caused by a variety of different reasons, and if not sorted immediately can lead to serious problems for your property. A blocked drain will back up and wastewater will overflow into your property. This water can be incredibly unpleasant and cause damage to the structure of your house as well as your belongings.
Not only that, but a blocked drain can also cause issues for your neighbours, especially if their drains run into yours. It’s important to note that any damage suffered to households around yours can, if you are found to be responsible, lead to you having to pay out costs for their repairs too.
So, how do I prevent my drains from becoming blocked?
Here are a few tips to keep your drains from becoming blocked:
- Make sure you pour boiling water down sinks regularly. This can help dislodge and flush away any fats or oils that have accumulated over time. This is especially important in kitchen sinks.
- This leads us onto our next tip – don’t tip fats or oils down your sink. We know it’s tempting to get rid of the chip fat by pouring it directly into your kitchen sink but DON’T DO IT. Oils and fat will clog drains over time and can be seriously difficult to shift.
- Be careful what you flush down your toilet. One of the biggest causes of blocked drains is the flushing of items that should not have been flushed. Things like sanitary towels and nappies should be placed in the garbage not in the toilet as they take many years to decompose and could be sat in your pipes for a long time. The only thing you should flush down your toilet is human waste and easy to decompose toilet paper.
- Don’t wash food waste down your sink. Again, food waste will collect over time and eventually clog your drains. Put any vegetable peelings, waste food, or plate scrapings directly into bins.
- Clean your drains regularly by pouring disinfectant or a watered-down solution of bleach and hot water down it. This will keep them smelling nice as well as preventing blockages.
What if I think my drain is blocked, is there anything I can do for myself?
If your drain is causing you problems, we would always recommend getting a professional to fix it but if it isn’t too severe you can buy commercial cleaning solutions that can help clear the blockage. Just make sure you read the label and follow the instructions to the letter as drain cleaner can be incredibly toxic. Bleach can also sometimes help but again be careful to follow the bottles instructions as bleach can be toxic to both humans and wildlife.
You could try unblocking the drain either by hand or using improvised tools like a long-handled spoon or wire coat hanger. Just makes sure you use rubber gloves and maybe wear a mask if you do as the smell can be horrific. A pressure hose is also great at clearing blockages if they aren’t too compacted. You may have to remove some of the outer blockage first but once you’ve done this, ram the hose inside the drain and turn it onto full power.
There is another way
If your drain does get blocked, then the stress of fixing the problem can be difficult to handle. That’s why we offer Home Emergency Cover that protects your drains as well as a variety of other household emergencies for one low-cost monthly fee. Give us a call today and see for yourself.