Home Improvement

Preventing and Repairing Blocked Drains

Young Woman Looking At Male Plumber Fixing Sink Pipe In Kitchen

Blocked drains always seem to happen at the worst possible time. The family is coming over for a holiday dinner, but the kitchen sink is overflowing. You have house guests for the weekend, but the bathroom sink is clogged. The toilet? Well, the details are best left unsaid, but yes, it’s out of commission. Not only are blocked drains a big inconvenience, they are a terrible mess, too. It’s not really a question of “if”, it’s a question of “when” this watery calamity will strike.

In any event, it’s a serious problem that needs resolving, and the sooner the better before you face serious damage to your home. So, when it does happen to you the best thing to do is get professional help with your Blocked Drain Repairs. Expert plumbers have the tools and techniques to unclog those nasty blocked drains quickly and with a minimum of mess!

You have probably heard that this kind of plumbing problem can easily be handled with a bit of DIY applied to them. Well, maybe so, if you are lucky, but plumbing is a much more complicated science than most people think. A botched attempt at DIY plumbing can very rapidly escalate a mild inconvenience into a real catastrophe that will end up costing you much more than if you had obtained the services of a professional plumber from the beginning! 

Now, let’s take a look at how blocked drains can be prevented from happening in the first place. These methods aren’t guaranteed to stop every problem, but a little effort on your part every day can help keep the plumber away.

First off, and it may sound a bit obvious, but don’t put things down the drain that might cause clogs! Many people forget about this as they pour grease down the sink along with bits of food. In the bathroom, hair is usually the culprit, so consider that when you are giving yourself a trim or shaving. Always pour your grease off into a proper rubbish container, remove food waste from the sink after washing up, and use a mesh screen to keep the hairs from forming a nasty nest in your bathroom sink drain. Prevention works!

Bacteria is your friend. It may sound strange, but considering most blockages consist of organic matter, a great way to discourage them from accumulating is by deploying an organism designed specifically for that purpose! Bacterial drain cleaner can be found at the store and is a safe, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly way to keep the water flowing

Occasionally give your drains the equivalent of a cleansing shower by flushing them out with a large volume of water. Low-flow faucets and toilets can help save water but aren’t very good at keeping the drains clear. A big bucket of hot water can wash away the crud in nothing flat!

The government has some thoughts on home water efficiency that you may find helpful. Here’s hoping your drains stay clear and your water runs free!


Mia Johnson
Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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