Guide to Preventing a Blocked Drain |

November 30, 2018

Everyone has come across a problem with their drains occasionally. You know it is that time again once you smell rotten eggs coming from your drains, you see that the water level from the sink is still rising but you have no idea what caused it. However, most of the time those issues could have been avoided. At RPDNW, we have seen our fair share of blocked drains and we have listed a few ways to avoid these blocked drains, to ensure you will not end up paying for services in order to get your drains unblocked every few months or so.

Step 1: Do not let anything that is not water get into your drains

Over the years, at RPDNW we have been called out to fix blocked drains in Wirral and blocked drains in Liverpool alike. We also have seen a lot of odd objects stuck in a sink where they do not belong – such as toys and even air fresheners have been spotted by our specialists.

More common causes of blocked drains are tea bags, coffee grinds and often oil. Your kitchen drain is not able to handle anything but water. A lot of people seem to forget that drains are made to get rid of water in your sinks, and not food, tea bags and more. When you do the dishes, remove all the leftovers off the plate before commencing with your task. To add to that chemicals can also contribute towards a blocked drain. Chemicals cause a decomposition of your drains, which can lead to leakage in the long term.

For your toilet however, different rules apply. Do not flush anything but human waste and toilet paper – so no diapers and other toilet waste.

Step 2 : Guards are a must.

If you want to ensure that no strange matter can enter your sink, a drain guard could come in handy in those cases. Nothing other than water should make it through one of these pipes. If you have a kitchen where it’s easy for your remnants of food to slip through the cracks, you are much better off buying one of these guards at your local plumbers.

Step 3: Pop-up Stoppers are important

Pop-up stoppers help your sink stay clean and ensure that no large objects fall into your drain. If there is a pop up stopper in your bathroom sink, you are much better off keeping them clean. These pop-up stoppers can cause a lot of blockage if they are not cleaned out regularly. Even though they are designed to ensure that only water can slip through the stoppers, the gap between the outside of the stopper and the inside of the drain can become clogged – due to the fact that there are a variety of objects who can still fall into that space and clog your drains.

Step 4: Clean out your sink and take measures to prevent a blocked drain.

  1. Run some hot water every time you use the sink.
  2. Mixing baking soda with hot water before running it down the sink can make a massive difference, and so does throwing a cup of vinegar in the sink 30 minutes beforehand.

If you take all of these steps , you should be able to save a good amount of money over the years.

You can’t always prevent a blocked drain

At RPDNW we have seen blocked drains happen to the best of us. Are you normally very careful with how you use your drain – but you still end up with a blocked drain? Call our blocked drains engineer today on 0151 2013455 for more information. 

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