Preventing Blocked Drains

November 9th, 2009

A well maintained drainage system is essential to our health and well being. However, because our drains are out of sight, we tend only to notice them when they become blocked. We forget our drains need regular maintenance in the same way other plumbing systems do.

At IQ Plumbing Services, we offer a professional service for blocked drains across London. However, it’s a much better idea to prevent drains becoming blocked in the first place.

Preventing blocked drains

Rather than call out the emergency drainage company, it’s best to prevent drain blockages in the first place.

Drains become blocked over time, as a result of waste build-up. This can be avoided by the use of sink traps in the kitchen and bathroom; not using the toilet to dispose of litter, and clearing contents from dishes before washing them. A weekly flush with hot detergent or drain cleaning fluid will then be enough to keep the pipes clear.

Causes of blocked drains

Hair, soap, food waste and cooking fat are all typical causes of blocked drains. However, if drains are not well covered then leaves, silt and litter can also cause problems, reducing the efficiency of the system by partially blocking it. In time, this will become a complete blockage.

It is far better to clear a partial blockage than a full one, so if hot water or drain cleaning fluid doesn’t increase the flow, it’s time to call a plumber. Occasionally, a blocked drain can have a more serious cause – for example, the drain may actually have collapsed.

At IQ Plumbing Services we offer a full range of drain clearance services, including the use of CCTV where the cause of the blockage is uncertain.

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