Preventing blockages in your homes drainpipes
Take care to do what you can to prevent blockages in your homes drainpipes to avoid leaks, burst pipes and other avoidable plumbing nightmares.
Drain blockages can be expensive and time consuming to fix, which is frustrating for everyone involved especially considering many causes of blockages in drainpipes are unavoidable with a little common sense.
Obviously there may be times when you can’t avoid a blocked drain. However there are a few ways you can minimise the risk.
Reduce your risks of blocked drains
- Keep fat out of the drain. Grease and fat leftover from cooking should be left to set and disposed of with your household waste. Pouring hot fat down the drain may appear harmless but as it cools it will solidify and cause blockages.
- Scrape plates, pots and pans properly before washing them. Before washing plates or putting them in the dishwasher make sure you scrape leftover food into the bin so that it doesn’t end up down the drain. Even if it fits down the drain it doesn’t mean that it is going to fully make its way into the sewerage system. Eventually a build up of food stuck in a pipe is likely to cause a more severe blockage.
- Don’t flush anything else down the toilet. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed down the toilet. Baby wipes, hair and sanitary items should be disposed of in the bin as they aren’t suited to drainpipes and are likely to cause a blockage.
If you have a blockage in your drainpipe then it should be addressed immediately. Don’t presume that the blockage will fix itself, by acting face you can avoid a larger than necessary plumbing issue.
If you have a blockage in your homes drainpipe that you aren’t able to un clog yourself, AMS Plumbing have the tools and knowledge to address the issue.