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Blocked Drain Advice

Here at Wayne Smith Property Repairs, we specialise in the renovation and maintenance of properties, including building and decorating, plumbing and electrics and the installation and design of bathrooms and kitchens. Based in the outskirts of Manchester City Centre, we can provide our services to customers in local and surrounding areas. Today, we are going to turn our attention to blocked drain prevention.

Follow The Number One Rule

The number one rule of blocked drain prevention is not to pour oils down the sink. As oil is liquid, it may feel easier to pour excess oil down the sink. However, it will do more harm than good in the long run due to the fact that oil and water don’t mix. This means that oil will float to the top of the water as it travels through your drain system. This then solidifies, which can start to coat the drain pipes. Over time, if you continue to dispose of oil and grease in this way, it will accumulate and will very likely result in an obstruction or blockage. 

What’s Clogging Your Sinks?

You can catch what tends to clog in your sinks in order to prevent it from going deeper into your drainage system. Using a drain protector in your kitchen sinks, as well as scraping food into your waste or compost before rinsing plates, ensure bits of food don’t build up. In the bathroom, use a comb before showering and washing your hair (especially if your hair is long), so that any loose hairs don’t build-up in the plughole. Clear your plughole every time you use it to catch any stray hairs that could create a blockage.

Blocked Drain Prevention

Maintain Your Drain 

There are plenty of home methods you can use in order to maintain your drain. For example, enzyme cleaning sticks, which are made from natural enzymes, can digest fat, grease and soapy residue. They function by placing a stick directly into each plughole. This can be done on a monthly basis, along with shop-bought unblocker treatments. However, it is worth noting that home remedies such as mixing bicarbonate soda, salt and vinegar are proven not to be as impactful.

What to Do If it’s Too Late

If your drain is already blocked, there are still things you can do to prevent the blockage from getting worse and going deeper into your drainage system. Use a plunger in toilets and sinks, whereby air and water pressure can unclog small blockages. Remove debris like hairs, toilet paper or food residue with a wire coat hanger, which can also be used like a fish hook (just be careful not to damage the pipes). Boiling water poured in two to three stages can also dislodge light blockages (but this is only suitable on metal or copper pipes). If you are able to remove the U-shaped pipe, you can also inspect it and remove anything that may have got stuck in this tricky area. On the other hand, the best course of action when you already have a blockage is to get in the professionals. The expertise of Wayne Smith Property Repairs means you can avoid any risks and get a result right away.

Contact Us 

Part of The Guild of Master Craftsmen, to find out more about our plumbing services in Manchester, get in touch with us at Wayne Smith Property Repairs by completing our contact form online or by emailing us at wwscat@aol.com. You can also speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on either 0161 231 4282 or 07770 863327. We will be happy to help with any questions you may have for us about how to prevent blocked drains.