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How to prevent blocked drains

Blocked drains do happen from time to time, and while you may not be able to avoid every blockage, there are some steps you can take to prevent most of them.

Be careful what you flush down the toilet

Your plumbing system is sensitive, which means that non-flushable items can be harmful to your toilet. Knowing what not to flush can save you from costly repair bills.

Basically, the only things you should flush down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Although some products, such as wet wipes, claim to be flushable, they aren’t. Other items that could lead to blocked drains are:

  • Cotton buds
  • Nappies
  • Paper towels
  • Plasters
  • Dental floss
  • Food

Don’t pour fat, oil, and grease down the drain

Some of the worst things you can pour down your drain are fat, oil, and grease. These can be:

  • Cooking oil
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Margarine
  • Salad dressing

A drain can handle clean water, milk, and other liquids, but oil, fat, and grease solidify when they meet the sewer walls. This means that even a small amount of these can block the pipes. The best solution is to collect used oil, fat, and grease in a container and throw it in the bin.

Dispose of food scraps properly

Don’t put food scraps in the sink. Instead, scrape the plates, pots, pans, and other utensils before washing them and throw the scrapings in the bin. To make sure nothing goes down the drain, use a kitchen sink strainer and clean it regularly.

Don’t let hair go down the drain

Hair and soap combine in your bath or shower drain, which could lead to blocked drains. You can avoid this by using a drain protector to catch hair and debris. Remove the protector every few weeks or days to clean it.

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