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Blocked drains can be frustrating and time consuming to say the least. At Environ Drainage Services, we know how tricky it can be to make sure that your drainage system is running smoothly, especially since drain blockages can happen to the best of us at any time. Luckily, our expert drainage engineers have seen it all when it comes to blocked drains, so we know the best way to avoid the hassle of slow drainage and blockages! Here is a quick guide to what you should NOT be putting into your drainage system if you want to keep your drains clean and clear, and how we can help if you’re experiencing further problems.
The main culprits of blocked drains are usually household items that you may be using daily and then disposing of incorrectly, and since your kitchen and bathroom drains in particular get a lot of use, they are often the first to show signs of blockages. The more aware you are of what you should not be putting down the drain, the more likely you are to avoid any of the pesky side effects of clogged pipes! Here are some of the most common items that cause buildup that can easily be avoided in the future:
Fat, Oils and Grease
Fats and grease are often some of the first things that are put down the kitchen sink when cooking. Unfortunately, these fatty substances can congeal and create a layer of fat within the pipes that can slowly build up and cause blockages and fatbergs. Next time you make bacon, or decide to dispose of frying oil, be sure to eliminate it in a way that does not involve pouring it down your drains! Your wallet and drainage system will thank you for it later.
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Even if you have a garbage disposal in your home, bits of food waste can still make their way into your drainage system and cause backups. Tea leaves, coffee grounds, and eggshells are particularly destructive as they are not water soluble and take much longer to decompose. Because of this, they can create blockages over time that result in slow drainage. Pasta, rice and flour based products can also be tricky, as they expand when wet and can stick to the sides of drains, making them more likely to create blockages. The best solution is to avoid putting any of the elements down your drains all together, and instead throw them away, or invest in a compost!
Bathrooms in particular are no stranger to hair buildup that eventually finds its way down the drain. On its own, hair can clump together within the drains, and it can be especially bothersome if it starts to cling to fatty substances. We know it can happen at no fault of your own, but the best solution is to have us install a drain guard to catch anything before it can go down the pipes! Give us a call with any questions or to set up a drainage consultation.
Nappies, “flushable” wipes and sanitary products
Toiletries wreak havoc when it comes to blockages in your bathroom drains! Anything from feminine hygiene products to nappies and cotton balls can be problematic, but the most damaging source of backups in drains are “flushable” wet wipes. While they may claim to be flushable, they do not actually decompose properly and can inevitably cause backups, and the misconception that they should be flushed is what leads to unnecessary blockages! In Britain especially, wet wipes have been a massive contribution to the rise of fatbergs, which means they should be top on your list to stop flushing as soon as possible! Your best bet is to throw these items in the bin instead of down your drains to save yourself the trouble of blocked drains in the future!
How we can help if you experience drain blockages!
By taking these simple steps to avoid disposing of any of these items down your drains, you will be taking a huge leap in protecting the overall health of your drainage system! The more informed you are, the better equipped you can be to stop drain blockages before they happen. However, we do know how common it is for drains to become clogged, which is why we have our expert team of drainage specialists on hand to help whenever you need us!
We offer emergency drainage services in London if you find yourself in need of a quick and effective solution to get your drains running smoothly again. We also handle more extensive drainage problems, such as tree root ingress, drain repairs, and excavations, so no matter what the issue, we are happy to help you!