How to keep drains clear

Hot water

To maintain your indoor drains, one of the easiest ways to keep them clear and free from blockages is to pour boiling water down them on a regular basis. A kettle full of boiling water once a week can be a substantial help in removing build ups of fats, oil and grease and preventing blocked drains.

If you do this regularly enough you’ll find that it keeps your drains clear and prevents the need for any drastic action because something has gone wrong further down the line.

Baking soda and vinegar

While it’s not a good idea to use strong chemical cleaners on your drains, as you can never be sure what they’ll react with and if they will damage your drains, you can use a weaker cleaner. The best solution is a combination of baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain, followed by hot water. You will be able to hear a small chemical reaction occurring once you have done this. This reaction helps to remove stubborn dirt and grime and should be done two to three times a year as a form of seasonal maintenance.

Watch what you drop down the drains

One of the best ways to maintain your drains is by being extremely careful with what you put down them. While most drains are designed to carry waste and small items such as toilet roll, waste pipes don’t deal very well with grease and fat from food, cleansing wipes, dental floss, nappies or sanitary products.

You should be very wary about what you leave to go down your drains and should try and dispose of waste into the rubbish bin where possible. With fats and grease you can pour them into a bottle or food storage container and dispose of them into the garbage.

Clear debris from outside

If you’re trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it’s a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don’t restrict water flow at any point.

Remember, if you need any further advice or professional help with drain unblocking don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01495 687667. We are always on hand to offer help and support.

Clogged Drain Tips

8 Clogged Drain Tips

Got a clogged drain? We know the feeling – as the pool of water starts to collect around your drain, you get a sinking feeling in the bottom of your stomach. You are strapped for cash so decide to try to attack the clogged drain yourself and decide to not call a plumber. The good news is that most clogged drain problems are usually easy enough to correct on your own without having to call a plumbing drain specialist.

The average homeowner should be able to clear most clogs in a drain in a couple of hours or less. Try some of the following do-it-yourself household clogged drain tips that anyone can use.

  1. To clear a clogged drain, try this simple technique before attempting to use any commercial chemical product:Pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain followed by boiling water. Continue to flush with very hot tap water until the clog is clear.
  2. Try pouring a cup of yogurt (without fruit) down the drain and leave it for several hours.
  3. Is your drain clogged from hair going down the drain?If you have Nair (the leg hair remover) laying around you can try to pour a bottle down your drain. Let it sit for about a half an hour, then put hot water down the drain. It will clean out and keep working on the gunk and hair further down the line as it continues to move down the pipes and drains.
  4. Put some disk soup (such as Dawn) down your drain. Follow it with some hot water and it should do the trick to unclog your drain.
  5. For slow-running drains, you can shake a half box of baking soda down the drain, then dump in one cup of vinegar. It should bubble and foam, so you may want to cover with a towel. When it stops foaming, flush the drain with very hot water for 2-3 minutes.
  6. If you can get at the drain pipe, open it up. Get a water hose, put the hose up through the drain pipe and turn your water on. It will hit the clog and wash it out. No chemicals involved and usually works.
  7. If you’re tired of clogged drains in the house, one way to clear up your plumbing is by using a simple plunger. Though most people use the plunger for toilets, remember that you can use a separate one for other applications, including drain cleaning a sink.When using a plunger, use a great deal of force to press the plunger handle down over the drain obstruction. Wait a minute and then see if the clog is cleared. You can then repeat the drain cleaning process as necessary.
  8. Still having problems with clogged drains? you will need to call a local plumber and have him take a look at it.