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Top Tricks & Tips To Keep Your Drains Clear

While you can be safe in the knowledge that we're here should you need your drains urgently unblocked, there are a few things you can do to keep your drainage systems running as smoothly as possible!

This handy guide will let you know some of the industry tips and tricks on how to keep drains clear, no matter how large or small your home.

1. Regularly put bleach or some other cleaning products down the toilet, bath, shower and sinks

This may sound obvious, but by doing so, you'll be keeping your drains as clean as possible and reducing the chance of material getting lodged or stuck in the pipes. Many of the leading brands manufacture bleach and other cleaning products designed to be poured down sink drains, toilets and bath/shower units, so this method is relatively quick and cheap to utilise.

2. Do not flush sanitary ware, nappies or baby wipes down the toilet!

You'd be surprised just how many people put nappies down the toilet. Put simply, this is one of the worst things you can flush down your toilet! Along with sanitary ware and baby wipes, nappies should be put in the bin. Otherwise, they'll very quickly block your drainage system and toilet and leave you with serious problems! Even many of the leading 'toilet wipes' don't actually do what they say they will and quickly decompose. While they will eventually decompose, they'll take quite a while and could become a nuisance if given the chance.

3. Do not pour oil, fat or anything else greasy down your kitchen sink

We've all been there; we've fried something and then been left with the residues or remains of the cooking oil or fat in the frying pan. While it's tempting to pour this down the sink as you clean the frying pan, don't! You might not think it will cause a problem, but it will. A build up of fat in your drainage system increases the likelihood of blocked drains and the problems that come with that.

However, it's not only your drainage system that could be affected. Any oil, grease or fat that you pour down the kitchen sink could make its way into the sewer system and join up with other deposits from households in your area. It might not sound like much but if this is given the chance to build up in the sewers, it could (in the worst case scenario) lead to manholes spewing out sewage! For more information, visit uk.businessinsider.com/why-cant-you-pour-grease-down-the-drain-2014-8.

4.  Remove any build-up of limescale, hair or soap from your plugholes

While looking unpleasant, a build-up of hair, soap or limescale round your plughole can also lead to the clogging of your drainpipes over time too. Make sure that every week or few days you remove any soap or hair that's built up and give your sink a comprehensive clean to reduce the likelihood of limescale building up too.

5. Try to keep as much away from your toilet as possible

It's important to try and keep all scissors, toys, toothbrushes and other items away from the toilet. This will prevent them being knocked into the toilet bowl by accident and potentially causing blockages if they're flushed away. You'd be surprised how many times we've found scissors in the drainage system!

6. If you're feeling up to it, regularly check your manholes

If it's possible, we would advise that you regularly check your manholes every month or so. This will allow you to determine whether your drains are flowing freely or not and give you a clear indication about potential blockages and problem points.

7. Check that your guttering and drain gates are clear

Monitoring your drainage system isn't just restricted to inside your home; it's important that you regularly check your guttering and drain gates too. Make sure that they're regularly checked and free from leaves, twigs and other foreign materials that could later cause build-up and other drainage problems. 

These are the seven top tips and tricks for keeping your drainage system as clear as possible. But the most important thing to note from all of this is just how vital it is that you regularly maintain your sinks, plugholes, toilets and drains. If you do so, you'll keep the chance of your drainage system blocking up as slim as possible. 

Don't worry though; if your drainage system does ever get blocked and starts causing you problems, simply call JLH Drains! We work throughout Medway, Kent and London, providing 24/7 emergency drainage repairs, so whatever the issue, we'll fix it quickly and effectively!

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