Preventing Blocked Drains
The drainage system is an integral part of our homes. But when things go wrong with your drains, it can be a huge problem that can cost you time and money. It is essential that you take proper measures to prevent your drains from blocking, so here are some DIY drain maintenance tips that you can try, however, be sure to call a specialist for more serious matters.
1. Use a Drain Strainer
A strainer is a good investment which stops large particles from entering through sinks and bathtubs, such as soap, toothpaste and hair. It collects the debris, preventing it from entering the system which can lead to blockages over time.
2. Use Hot Water
Grease and fats are in liquid form when they enter the pipes, but as soon as they come in contact with the cold pipes, they will solidify rapidly to form a sticky mass which can restrict the flow of water. Pour hot water down the drains from time to time to clear them; be sure to use boiling water if possible. To avoid this, you can use a fat trap to pour waste oils and fats into.
3. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are useful products that help to absorb foul odours, get rid of sticky surfaces and clean your plumbing system. Occasionally using the two products will ensure that your drains remain clear of blockages. After pouring boiling water down the pipes, wait a few minutes then pour a cup of baking soda to the drain followed by a cup of vinegar, then another cup of hot water.
What Causes Blocked Drains?
Mostly, its lack of proper maintenance that causes clogging in the pipes of your drainage system. When food particles and grease find their way into drain pipes of the kitchen sinks, they cause a blockage. And when you flush items that should not be flushed down the toilet, they preventing water from running, leading to a blockage. Bathtubs and sink blockages are often caused by hair, toothpaste and hair products that run into the drains. So ensure that you take preventing measures to save yourself any undue hassle and stress.