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Tips to prevent blocked drains in your home.

We rely on the drains around our home daily. From washing the dishes to taking a shower, the water needs to flow easily through our drains and out into the sewer system, to prevent backlog and nasty smells in our home.

The convenience of flowing drains is often taken for granted until we experience a blockage.

Many daily activities can cause a drain blockage - such as food down the sink, items flushed down the toilet or even leaves and soil from our gardens. Therefore, this is a very common problem and one of our most frequent call outs.

At JS Plumbing we understand the inconvenience of a blocked drain and we are here to help if one arises. With our state of the art drain CCTV equipment and drain jetter we can have your blockage cleared quickly and your drains back to working order.

However, there are some things you can do to prevent frequent drain blockages.

Here are our tips;

  1. Only flush toilet paper Our number one tip is to avoid any foreign items being flushed down the toilet. There is nothing worse than a blocked toilet, with the potential of nasty smells, backlog and overflow. The only thing that should be flushed (along with your business) is toilet paper! Sanitary items/wipes/paper towels/diapers should all be disposed of in the general waste to avoid toilet blockages.

  2. Use a sink basket waste These collect food scraps which would otherwise collect in the drain, build up and cause blockages.

  3. Remove hair and soap from shower drains Proper cleaning and maintenance of the shower drain ensures that hair does not build up and clog the drain.

  4. Install lint traps on washing machines Small pieces of material, lint, tissues, socks and other items can cause serious drain blockages if a lint trap is not present on a washing machine drain. Lint traps must be emptied and regularly checked for any damage to ensure they are in good working order.

  5. Do not rinse building material A very common cause of drain blockages is when building material such a cement is rinsed down the household drain. Grout and cement can solidify and cause tough blockages. Dispose of cement and grout away from the home drain. Often, leaving it to solidify and then disposing of it in bin waste is the best option.

  6. Use bacterial drain cleaner Bacterial drain cleaner breaks down organic matter within the pipes and removes blockages. Unlike other corrosive drain cleaners it will not damage your pipes.

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