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Five Top Tips on Maintaining Your Drains

Knowing how to fix your drains is important; but knowing how to prevent problems before they can begin is priceless.

As one of Kent's leading drainage companies, we've learned a few things over the years. So we've put together this helpful guide to help you maintain your drains and avoid having to have them repaired as much as possible!

1. Gather everything you need

Before you get started with any drain cleaning or maintenance, there are a few things you need to gather together so that you're fully prepared. Make sure you've got the following;

  • A kettle
  • Protective gloves and glasses
  • Baking soda and white vinegar
  • A bottle for the collection of fats

2. Pour boiling water down your drains each week

One of the best things you can do to maintain your drains is pour boiling water down them each week. Put simply, a little hot water straight from the kettle every week can help to reduce the build-up of grease, oil and fats that can cause problems later on.

3. Add some baking soda and vinegar

If you think that your drains require something a little more powerful, why not try and add a small amount of baking soda or white vinegar? You don't need to turn to harsh chemicals to get the job done, when pouring a small amount of baking soda, followed by a cup of white vinegar, will do.

4. Flush it through with hot water

As the vinegar and baking soda react together, you should be able to hear, or even see, some fizzing coming out of the top of your drains. Don't panic; that reaction is just helping to remove any stubborn grime or dirt! Just leave the mixture in the drain for about ten minutes or so and then just rinse it through with some more boiling hot water from the kettle.

5. Make sure grease doesn't enter your drains!

Repeating the above steps a couple of times a year should give you a much better chance of keeping your drains running smoothly all year round. But there is some more you can do to keep up good drain maintenance - just be careful about what goes down the drains in the first place! For example, when you've finished cooking, don't pour grease from the frying pan into your sink. Just pour the fat or grease into a bottle and then put the bottle in the bin. 

Hopefully these simple tips and tricks will help you keep your drains in the best possible condition and working all year round. But don't worry; if you're struggling to keep them clean and clear, or you just require some more information or advice, contact our engineers who are here to help. 

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