Blocked drains can be a nightmare, not only can they cause havoc within your home by blocking up all your piping systems but they can in extreme cases cause flooding within your home. The more often and worse that your drain becomes blocked it reduces the life expectancy of your drainage system – even if it’s only a smaller blockage.

What To Do If I Get Blocked Drains?

Act fast, do not panic but try your best to contact emergency plumbers Milton Keynes as soon as possible to avoid any damage to your home. And in the cases where the blockage doesn’t seem as bad, you should still always rely on a professional plumber to help you get the problem sorted. Attempting to fix situations like these yourself often end in damaging your pipework, worsening the problem and in severe cases even causing yourself harm.

So be sure to call a professional plumber as that’s what they’re there for! So if you’ve fallen victim to the regular occurrence of blocked drains, not to worry. We’ve devised a set of rules to follow that can help you prevent your sink, drainage and sewer systems from becoming clogged up – so keep reading!

Collect Your Food Waste

Although certain food waste is allowed down the drain, it’s better to keep it to a minimum. You can do this by collecting your food waste in an indoor compost bin, not only does this prevent unwanted food residue going down your kitchen sink but it is also good for the environment!

When collecting compost, we don’t recommend collecting meat as raw meats often have bacteria like salmonella that can cause severe illness if ingested. As well as this meat rots fast and produces a potent smell, so we recommend throwing unused meats in the bin.

compost bin inside home

Never Put Oils, Fats Or Grease Down Your Drains

One way to guarantee a drain blockage is by putting any of these things down your kitchen sink; the fats slowly make their way down your drain while they’re still warm. But fats, grease and oils solidify very quickly, meaning that before they have the chance to exit your pipes, it will solidify and form a hard blockage.

Standard drains can handle everyday waste such as water, milk and other everyday substances, but fats and grease can cause a solid blockage that can take some time to remove. And if these substances do manage to exit your drain without solidifying this doesn’t stop it from clogging your areas underground sewer, this regularly happens in residential areas and can take days to fix. In London, there have been many cases of “fatbergs” that are made up of fats, nappies, oils and more that build up over time and completely block of the sewers – they can take up to a month to remove and cause serious issues for Londons sewer systems. Read up on London’s fatbergs here.

Be Careful Of What You Flush Down Your Toilet

You would not believe some of the things that plumbers find flushed down peoples toilets, but unfortunately, people do this and then cause a huge drain pipe blockage and break their toilets. You should never flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper and human waste, things like baby wipes, condoms and other waste do not break down as easily and quickly as toilet paper so end up clogging up somewhere along the pipework.

One of the most common yet worst items that are flushed down the toilet are baby wipes; baby wipes take years to break down so are one of the leading culprits of drain and sewage blockages. It has become crisis level to the point where flushers cannot remove then quick enough before more flood in and cause a problem, meaning that the flushers are continually digging out-blocked baby wipes that are damaging thousands of pounds worth of equipment.

toilet being flushed

Flush Your Drains Every Once In A While

Flushing your drains is one of the best ways for you to ensure that some of the excess waste that finds its way down your drain gets flushed out. All you need to do it fill a large bucket with water, then simply pour the water down your toilet while simultaneously flushing it, this allows your toilet to flush out anything that could begin to clog it up.

You should also do this for your sinks and drainage systems, this can be done the same way as with your toilet, or you can fill your bath and sink up with a little amount of hot water before releasing it down the drain. If you wanted to make sure that your drain was completely flushed out you can purchase over the counter drain cleaners like this one from Viking.

If You Haven’t Already Then Get A Sink Stopper

Sink stoppers can be used for almost any drainage system; it’s a device that fits over your plughole. It has smaller holes more frequently dotted all over that are designed to stop tiny food particles slipping through your drainage system. Although there are still holes so this does not mean that you can pour oils and grease down your sink.

As well as for kitchens they do bathroom sink stoppers that have the same mechanism that prevents thick oily beauty products and strands of hair finding their way into your drain in copious amounts. This does of course still mean that you have to still frequently clean out your drain to prevent hair and beauty products clogging up.

If you didn’t want to spend the money on a drain stopper, then ensure that you clean out the hair and products from your drain after you shower to prevent build up.

sink stopper from Lakeland

Keep Your Drains In Good Condition

So now we’ve given you these top tips you can be an expert on keeping your drains free-flowing and in excellent condition. But sometimes situations just cannot be avoided, and you might need plumbers Towcester to help you solve the situation.

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