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Helpful Tips For a Healthy Drain

15th Jan 2019

Category: Blocked Drains

Let's face it, we all take our plumbing and drainage for granted at times. But could you imagine living without them? They're both such a key part of modern domestic or commercial life that they're often overlooked but things can often go wrong with your drains if you don't look after them. 

If and when things do go wrong, the experts at JLH Drains will be on hand to help solve the problem. But in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your drains from blocking in the future. Here are five helpful tips and tricks for a healthy drain.

Prevent fat from getting into your drains

Grease from oils and fats begin as liquid when they first enter your drainage system. However, over time and whenever they start to cool down, they start to solidify and congeal. When this occurs, the grease will stick to the walls of the drain and then catch anything else that is poured down the drain. 

The best way to avoid this is by using a fat trap to pour your waste fats and oils into. This will remove the risk of build-up and your pipes will thank you for it!

Avoid putting hair down your sink

Both pet and human hair are causes of clogged drains, so it's important to try and restrict the amount of hair that goes down your sink drains. One of the best ways to do this is by adding a simple mesh screen over the top of your plughole. Not only will it stop hair from entering your drain, but it will also stop food from making its way through it too.

Correctly dispose of fibrous materials

It's vital that fibrous materials, like cotton balls, dental floss, feminine hygiene products and wet wipes are disposed of correctly and binned. Otherwise, these items can very easily snag on the rough parts of your drainage system and then cause build-ups and complete blockages.

Watch what food waste you put down the sink

You might think that something like coffee grounds is completely harmless, so putting it down the sink shouldn't be a problem. But, in fact, they are just as harmful to your drains as rice, pasta or any other foods! Be careful what food waste you do put down the sink, as they can act similarly to fats and oils and stick to pipes before causing blockages. 

Don't let chemicals and pharmaceuticals into your drains

It's very important that you dispose of solvents, paints and engine oils safely; none of these should ever enter your drains or the water system. While some of these may freely pour away, they can be harmful to plants, groundwater and wildlife.

Follow these tips and tricks and you should have a much better chance of preventing your drains from becoming blocked. However, in the event that they do, call Kent's drainage experts at JLH Drains for our emergency 24/7 blocked drain repair service. Contact us to discuss how we can help you. 

Category: Blocked Drains