02 Aug 2020

How you can prevent blocked drains in your home

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There’s never an ideal moment to find yourself having to deal with a blocked drain. They’re a hassle, and, in some cases, they can be tricky to fix without specialised gear. But if you’re lucky, you’ll find that most blockages are a simple fix. It just takes a bit of thought and a measured approach.

But then again, wouldn’t it be better if you were able to avoid drain blockages in the first place? In this article we’re going to take a look at a few things you can do to prevent blockages in the drains around your home.


Drain blockages in the kitchen

Preventing blockages in the drains of your kitchen isn’t all that tricky. But if you’ve found that you’re dealing with slow draining and blockages on a regular basis, it might take a slight adjustment in your habits.

Washing up, we recommend clearing away as much of whatever leftover food is still on your plates and cutlery before heading to the sink. This is particularly true if you tend to enjoy cooking dishes that can easily block your drains – dishes like those with rice and minces.

One of our favourite solutions here is to invest in a couple of steel overlays for your sink openings. These usually look like a small circular mesh that can catch all those mid-sized morsels that can clog up your sink.


Drain blockages in the bathroom

Blockages in the bathroom tend to be a slightly bigger problem. And as you might have guessed, it’s all to do with what is going down them. Your bath and shower drains are absolute magnets for hair – and this isn’t made that much better by the combination of products and oils and grime from our skin.

If the kids have just got home from a particularly muddy training, try to get as much of that dirt off before it washes down the drain. Avoid letting any products like sanitary wipes, que tips or unused toothpaste get down there as well.

If you find that your sink isn’t draining the way it should be, with a bit of luck, you’ll likely have no trouble resolving the issue yourself. A simple drain cleaner is usually enough to get it sorted. Take a look below for an easy home-made drain cleaner.


An easy fix using common household ingredients

Take a cup of white vinegar and a cup of bi-carb soda and mix them together in glass or jug over the sink. The combination will begin to froth up immediately. Pour this mix down the blocked drain and let it do its thing. After a short while, run some water through to check that it’s worked and repeat as necessary. Just make sure to wash it through with water once the blockage has cleared to head off any risk of corrosion.

This DIY drain cleaner solution is particularly effective in the sorts of blockages you might run into in the kitchen. Kitchen sinks tend to accumulate food matter over time, and if you’ve washed just a few too many bits and pieces down the drain, you’ll find that they can become blocked quite easily.


Get it sorted with Expert Plumbing & Gas Services

Sometimes it takes more than a home remedy to get your plumbing sorted. In cases like these, you can’t go past the services of Expert Plumbing & Gas Services. You can reach us by calling 03 9486 5907 or filling out a contact form today!