Nobody wants blocked drains, but that doesn’t stop them from happening! By taking a little extra care with your drains you can hopefully avoid any major problems.

Here are 3 simple ways to avoid blocked drains:

1. Rinse drains regularly

A good habit to get into is to always boil more water than you need in your kettle, and pour the remaining hot water straight down the kitchen plug hole. The hot water can help to prevent sticky, oily substances from sticking to your drainage pipes. Some people swear by a regular rinse with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar, and this can be great for frothing up and cleaning grease from the edges of your pipes. The acetic acid in vinegar can be very effective at disbursing grease deposits. It’s important to remember to make sure any bicarbonate of soda/vinegar rinse is washed away well though to avoid it damaging your pipes.

2. Be mindful of what goes down the drain

You might think the odd scrap of food or cooking fat going down the drain won’t make much difference – and it wouldn’t if it wasn’t for the fact that there are usually small, partial blockages already present in drainage pipes. When we wash bits of food and cooking fat down the drain these can get caught on the bits already there, creating a larger obstruction. This builds up over time until you find that your drain is blocked and you need to call a professional for help.

3. Buy a hair trap for your shower

We all know that hair can quickly clog up a plug hole – but the hair that’s washed down the drain is not the end of the story. Hair is one of the worst culprits when it comes to blocking drains; it easily gets tangled together and attaches to anything and everything else in a drainage pipe. Using a hair trap can help you to avoid getting clogged drains for a long while.

It doesn’t take much to take care of the drains in your home; just a little maintenance here and there can help to ensure you don’t end up with a nasty, smelly blockage!


Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.

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