Let’s face it, you don’t want to see us. In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to get your drains professionally cleaned. Unfortunately, natural clogging and problems are inevitable, but there are a few ways you can help prevent our next trip for that little bit longer.
If you’ve just been paid a visit by a member of our team, you’ll want to keep your drains in top condition for as long as possible. Here are just some of the ways you can look after your drains in between your visits from us.
Clear your plates!
It might sound simple, but it’s something that many overlook. If you want to avoid blockages, the first place to start is in the kitchen.
This is where drain clogging is most likely to happen, so making sure you’ve cleaned your plate is best practice to avoid clogging up the plughole and causing added expense for something that could have been easily avoided.
Keep oil out
One of the easiest ways you unknowingly clog your drains is by pouring oil and fat down them while it’s hot.
It may seem liquid and like it wouldn’t cause a problem, but along with solid food, oil is best kept out of the drain. Oil and fat will solidify once it becomes cold, so dispose of it in a bin rather than pouring it down the drain.
Baking soda and vinegar
A concoction of baking soda and vinegar is great treatment to give your drain some TLC. Not only will it help remove clogs and trapped food, this will also help your drains smell great.
Simply sprinkle a handful of baking soda down the drain followed by hot water. Follow this up with a cup of vinegar. You should leave this to sit in the drain for half an hour before flushing it out once more with hot water.
Hot water flush
To keep your drains in a great condition for as long as possible, you should rinse them with hot water after each use. A hot water flush can be done on top of this on a regular basis to help get rid of trapped oil and food that can cause clogs.
Pour two large pans of boiling water down the drain, then wait and rinse with cold water. This will help remove trapped dirt and oil.
If in doubt, use a plunger
Ah, the trusty plunger. A household staple, even if it’s not the most glamorous item. A sink plunger is a great tool to have around in case of an emergency. If you notice water begin to flow back up, you should use it to clear the drain.
Firstly, put the plug in the plughole and fill the sink with a few inches of water. Next, take out the plug and use the plunger to stop water draining away. Then give it a few plunges to clear the drain. Afterwards, clear the sink with hot water to get rid of dirt.