If you are like most property owners, you dread dealing with blocked drains — they aren't fun at all. Other than emitting an awful smell, polluting the environment and causing inconvenience, clogged drains can trigger many problems with the plumbing system. For instance, you could be forced to deal with leaking ceilings or walls and damage to the electrical wiring and appliances.
Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to avert the problem after an expert unclogs the system. This way, your drainage system will function optimally for longer to give you value for your investment. So, how do you accomplish this? Below are steps you can take to ensure your drains stay in top shape.
One of the primary things you can do to prevent blocked drains is to monitor what goes down the kitchen sink. All the plates must be scraped to ensure food doesn't go down the drain. You can also rinse the cups, cutlery and plates before placing them in the dishwasher.
Another tip is to avoid sending cereal, rice, pasta and other similar foods that expand after absorbing moisture down the drain. Once the food is caught down the drainage system, it will cause a clog. Using sink strainers can make your work easier. Also, avoid pouring fats and oils down the sink because they will solidify in the pipes and create a clog. Just let the fats solidify and scrap them into a bin.
Another area you have to focus on to ensure your drain functions effectively for longer is the bathroom. When you drop foreign objects like hair grips and soaps down the drain, they will collect other forms of debris quickly to form a clog.
Other items like nappies, face wipes, tampons and cotton wool should be dumped in a bin instead of being flushed down the drain. In most cases drain pipes happen to be narrow, so if such items are flushed down a toilet, they will cause a blockage. Also, avoid using large amounts of toilet paper because that may cause obstruction.
Septic tank or outdoor drainage
Whether you have a septic tank on your property or drainage pipes that connect to the municipal sewer, it's crucial to ensure foliage, dry leaves and other types of garden waste don't get to the drain. These components can cause a clog, and unblocking it won't be easy. Cleaning the yard regularly and removing the green waste can help prevent outdoor drainage problems.
To learn more about blocked drains, contact a plumber.