Blocked Drain | A List of Do’s and Don’ts to Prevent It

Jul 28, 2013 by

So you’ve recently unblocked a drain or perhaps you’ve never had a clogged drain yet, congratulations! The key now is to keep it that way which can be easier said than done for many. Here and some tips for you to follow:

Be Proactive not Reactive

Being mindful of what you flush down the toilet and pour down the sink is vital in maintaining a healthy, fully functioning sewer system. It can be all too easy to slip up on this and let small amounts of food waste go down the kitchen sink when washing up, so it’s important to dispose of as much of this properly when scraping off plates and cleaning cooking utensils.

If you have children get them into the habit of being conscious of how they handle waste, if only to save you the embarrassment of the future when a plumber comes around and retrieves some rather odd things from your system. Don’t forget that even if these inappropriately disposed of things don’t personally cause you a blockage, they contribute to blockages in the sewer and inevitably have a negative impact on the environment.

Catch it Early

Something people often overlook is fitting traps and filters into the drain holes of their sinks and showers. Depending on the hardware in the house, these can usually be bought for a low cost and manually attached with ease by the occupant. While certainly not infallible to letting waste pass through into your pipes, they go a long way to reduce the build up of that slimy gunk and are most effective when cleaned out regularly.

Remember that old saying, “a stitch in time saves nine”, well it is perfectly applicable to the drainage system in your home. The sooner you take action when you notice a potential blockage starting to build up the less chance you will encounter a fully backed up pipe that will more than likely need to be attended to by a plumber unless you want to take the risk and try clearing it yourself.

Regular Cleaning

a clean drain hole to prevent clogging

Yep we know it’s a pain in the backside to do this sort of mundane and messy maintenance, but if you want to minimize the likelihood of your pipes becoming blocked then it has to be done. A great way to perform a cleaning of your drains can be performed with simple household items (baking soda and vinegar), you don’t need to splash out on over the counter products unless you want to.

It’s very simple. Start by pouring hot water down your drains. Afterwards, drop in a serving of baking soda (let it settle for a few minutes), then empty a solution of half vinegar half hot water into the drains. That’s all there is to it, after the ten minute mark wash it down with some more boiling water. This homemade solution will even clear moderate blockages and costs next to nothing while also being environmentally friendly in comparison to lye based products.

The Don’ts

Well actually we have just one giant DON’T. Please never, ever, use acid as a solution to cleaning your drains or fixing a clogged drain. There is ZERO benefit to doing so and you risk both damaging/breaking your pipes and causing injury to yourself and others. Acid may dissolve waste well but it will also dissolve pipes as they are not meant to withstand contact with liquids of such high acidity. Not to mention that if you use acid to try and clear a blockage and fail, when you call out the plumber they will more than likely charge extra as you are putting them at extra risk having to dispose of hazardous chemicals (same goes for lye based drain cleaners which are to be used at your own discretion).

 

Follow all this advice and you are sure to have longer lasting pipes, but remember blockages can be very arbitrary and happen to even the biggest clean-freaks. Do not get upset if you have a blocked drainpipe and need to get round a plumber to sort it out, they understand just how random drain systems can be and trust us, they have seen everything. Around the Crowsnest  area, plumbers from www.plumbercrowsnest.com.au can provide you services to solve your pipe problems.

 

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