If you have ever had blocked drains, you will know the pain that this brings. In order for your life and household to function normally, working plumbing is absolutely essential. At Sydney Blocked Drains, we see plenty of situations which could have been prevented. Here are some top tips on how to prevent clogged or blocked drains.
The first piece of advice is to avoid dumping cooking oils down the sink. This is a very common behaviour which is disastrous to your pipes. It may be tempting to pour oil or grease into the sink, as it is more convenient in the short-term, but over time this habit will become the source of regret. Instead of pouring out your cooking oil down the drain, collect it – a jar or bottle will do. Once your contraption is full, you can simply throw it into the bin. While you are at it, be careful with food scraps. These should always be placed into the bin or compost rather than down the drain.
Another top tip is to avoid washing hair down the sink. Of course it is unavoidable that some hair will escape down the drain, but at a large scale this will build up and cause blockages. When you clean your bathroom, pull the trapped hair out of the drain rather than washing it down. It is also wise to avoid brushing your hair over the sink, proactively preventing the collection of hair in the sink.
It is really important to only flush items which should be flushed. If you are flushing any kinds of personal care products other than toilet paper, it will not be long before you have a problem. Even flushable wipes are of questionable safety when it comes to the wellbeing of your drains. Any kind of wipes should be placed into the bin, where they can be disposed of as they are supposed to be. If you have flushed a large item that has no business going down the drain – perhaps a child is the culprit – best to call a plumber sooner rather than later.
When you notice that your drains are not working as they should, do not let the issue fester. If a large blockage has formed, it is unlikely to clear on its own and will only grow larger if you continue depositing unsuitable materials down the sink. Classic signs of a blockage, such as slower than usual drainage, should be addressed as soon as possible by calling in a professional plumber. At Sydney Blocked Drains, we often investigate issues by using a CCTV drain camera, which allows us to visualise any masses which are not supposed to be there. Usually, a blockage – especially if it is minor – can be dislodged using a high-pressure water jet.
Hopefully you have put this advice into practice, but if it is too late and your drains are showing signs of a blockage, it is high time to call a plumber to investigate and address the issue. At Sydney Blocked Drains, we understand that plumbing problems must be fixed urgently. That is why we are available around the clock, with a $0 call out fee for your convenience. You can reach us by phone on 1300 403 201. If your enquiry is of a less urgent nature, you may prefer to contact us by email or through our website contact form.
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