The purpose of drains is to flush away all of the waste away from the home. Considering the fact that most of this waste consists of dirty water, food particles, hair, soap, grease, tissue and human waste, it is little wonder why blockages can often build up in sewer lines. In order to prevent such blockages, there are many precautions that can be carried out.
The main way to prevent blockages is to ensure that only water from toilets, sinks and baths is flushed away, along with any human waste and tissue paper. Anything else should be thrown in the bin. To avoid waste such as hair and food scraps getting washed away, it is advisable to place filters over your drains. Oil, fat and grease are sometimes poured down the drain and as they are in liquid form when disposed of, most people fail to realize that when they cool down, they congeal and easily clog up sewer lines. The best way to dispose of them is to wait for them to cool down then throw them in the bin.
Another way to avoid blockages is to flush drains with boiling water on a regular basis. This helps the build-up of waste and debris to wash away and prevents bacteria and mould from growing. Bicarbonate of soda followed by vinegar can help prevent blockages and will also prevent nasty odours from entering your bathroom or kitchen.
No matter how careful you are, blockages can still build up in your drains. They can lead to slow water drainage which often results in more serious problems. Severe blockages can cause water to back up back out of the toilets and sinks in your home and cause structural damage that can be quite expensive to repair. Health risks are also an issue when dirty water floods into the home.
The temptation to pour chemicals down the drain to remove clogs should be avoided as they can cause significant damage to the pipes. As the majority of the drainage system is hidden, it can be difficult to determine the cause of the blockage and it is for this reason that it is always best to call in a professional plumbing service such as Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. Qualified plumbers have the experience and the right drain cleaners necessary to deal with blockages quickly and efficiently and only use environmentally safe drain products.
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