Knowing What You Can And Can’t Put Down Your Drain Pipes – Causing Blocked Drains

Everyone has the problem of a blocked drain at least once in their lifetime, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. Blockages can be slow moving, but if the water isn’t moving in your toilet, sink or bath at all, this would mean that the drain is completely blocked. If the blockage is letting through slowly, then there may be a chance that they would be able to clear the blockage on their own. However, if the drain is completely blocked, then the property owner would more likely than not, not be able to clear the blockage on their own. The next step would be to call a professional drainage company in, usually incurring a cost. The cost is usually dependent upon how long the company is at your property, and the more stubborn the blockage is, the higher the cost will usually be. You can help to prevent your drains from becoming completely blocked by taking care of them in the first instance.
Blocked drains are usually caused by carelessness in the home. Toilets can be blocked very easily, from something even as simple as flushing too much paper down the toilet in one go. The main reason though, is for using the toilet for anything other than what its main purposes are – e.g. putting anything other than waste or toilet paper down the drain. These would include baby wipes, sanitary ware and even nappies. Nappies would cause a blockage quite quickly, however, the other items build up over time, slowing the water flow down, eventually blocking the drain. Kitchen sinks can become blocked when there is no guard around the plug hole, allowing particles of food and other articles to enter the drain. Bathtubs and shower can end up blocked when items such as hair and soap aren’t caught by the drain hole protector.
You can be as careful as you like, but sometimes, you cannot avoid your drain becoming blocked. Other issue such as broken/cracked pipes cause by subsidence in land, or a tree root infiltrating the walls of the pipe can cause blockages. These however, require immediate attention, as the damage would need to be repaired by a professional only.
If you do come across a blocked pipe/drain within your property, you can try to clear it yourself using purchasable products including chemicals or acids, however, these can often do more damage than good. Some chemicals do damage to the actual pipes, while others can even harm yourself if they come into contact with your eyes. There are some old traditional remedies for cleaning your drains. They start by simply running hot water through your drains on a regular basis. This can help clear any buildup of fat or grease, because as we know, fats and greases become more fluid when warmed up, helping them to move down the drain. If you see the start of a small clog in the drain, you could also pour vinegar & baking soda down the sink, leaving it for a short while, before flushing it down with hot water. On many occasions, this will clear a small blockage, however, you may need to seek further advice if the problem remains.
You should look at your house drainage and plumbing system as you do your car. You wouldn’t keep on driving your car for an endless amount of miles without having it serviced, or in fact putting it through and MOT to ensure it is still safe. This should be the same as your drainage system. Regular maintenance should be carried out, to ensure that you don’t ever need to find yourself in the position of having to call a professional out, incurring yourself high drainage fees. You can start by understanding what is, and what is not meant to be flushed down the toilet or put down the sinks. If you are not familiar with what you can and can’t put down the drain, then take a look online, just so that you are sure. You could, as a preventative measure, have a drainage company take an inside look of your drains every 12 months, to ensure that there are no unwanted articles in your drain, including tree roots.
If you don’t follow any of the above advice, then you may just end up with a severely blocked/broken drain which requires excavation to reach the drain, and this could be very costly, so please – give it a go, all you have to do is leave the hot tap running.
I hope this article helps, you can find more at plumbdrainuk


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