Our residential, commercial and community drainage systems work hard as unsung heroes – until they don’t. When drains and pipes become blocked, this can very quickly turn into a big problem and unnecessary hassle. That’s why as with many things, prevention is always your best bet.
Want to know how to successfully maintain healthy drains and pipes? Find out with Superior Plumbing down below.
Only flush what’s meant to be flushed
It’s easy to become complacent when it comes to our drainage systems – especially our toilets.
After all, what’s flushed away down the toilet is gone forever? Unfortunately, this is mere wishful thinking.
Be sure to only flush what’s meant to be flushed: human waste and toilet paper.
Avoid flushing the following:
- “Flushable wipes”
- Paper towels
- Feminine hygiene products
- Any other miscellaneous items that aren’t human waste and toilet paper.
Grease is a trap
Grease and other cooking oils should never (ever) be poured down your sinks or drains.
- All pipes eventually connect under your property to the main drain.
- A grease that’s poured down the kitchen sink (or another drain) will not only coat your kitchen pipes but every other pipe heading towards the main sewer.
Instead, consider reusing your kitchen oils in a sealable container, or wipe up any excess grease and oils before disposing of your general waste.
Buy a drain guard
Drain guards are plastic or metal grate disks that sit on top of your plug. They are cleverly designed to collect waste products which can then be tossed into your general waste bin.
Utilising a drain guard may very well be the cheapest, long-term investment to avoid the amount of waste washed down your sink.
Give your drains a monthly clean
Remember what we said earlier about drainage systems being unsung heroes? Why not give them the TLC they deserve by cleaning your drains monthly.
How can you do this?
- As plumbers ourselves, we recommend an enzyme-based cleaner and not a chemical one to avoid damaging your pipes.
- A popular and simple remedy is concocting a solution of baking soda and vinegar, pour it down the sink and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before washing down with boiling water.
This easy homemade fix will cost you next to nothing in time and money, actively fighting gunk and grime build-up in the pipes, drains and sinks of your home or business.
Stay vigilant and know who to call
Prevention is key when it comes to maintaining healthy household and commercial drains and pipes.
Yet what if you suspect problems are beginning to or blatantly rearing their ugly head?
- Can you smell something off in or around your sinks and drains?
- Are there any signs of leakage?
- Is water backing up and unable to flow freely?
If any of the above are occurring on your property, it’s not time for prevention – it’s time for action.