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How to prevent clogged drains

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Prevention is always better than cure. This rule applies to just about anything, colds, cars, clogged drains and so much more. If you were fortunate enough to be a kid before the 90's you probably experienced the disgusting taste of real medicine, (before they made it taste like lollies). Every time you had to drink that foul tasting liquid disguised as cough syrup you vowed to always wear your jumper and wash your hands like your mother told you to. Mum was very wise, she knew all about prevention (even if it was only half true).

How to prevent clogged drains

Just like mum, your plumber has some great tips on preventing annoying clogged drains. If you've ever had to deal with a totally blocked drain you'll know the smell and mess can be a lot more work than just carrying out these simple tasks to avoid the problem in the first place.

Do's and don'ts of preventing clogged drains

Do's

  • Use sink drain strainers - you can pick them up from your local hardware store in a variety of sizes for a couple of dollars. They'll catch all the food scraps, lint, hair, toenail clippings, and other nasties which usually get washed down the kitchen, laundry or vanity sink or bath drain and contribute to clogs.
  • Dispose of old oil, grease, and fat in the rubbish - pouring these substances down the drain is a quick and easy way of getting rid of them but often they don't actually go that far and can build up in your drain system causing greasy, smelly blockages.
  • Keep your gutters and stormwater drains clear - regularly cleaning the leaves and garden debris from gutters and stormwater drains stops these items blocking up the drains when it rains.

Don'ts

  • Don't flush wet wipes - any of them. Not the so called 'flushable' toilet wipes, not the baby wipes, not the ones you can use to clean the bin or the cooktop or the dunny. None of them. Put them all in the rubbish bin.
  • Don't ignore slow draining drains - this could be a sign that the drain is slowly clogging up somewhere along the way. The problem could be caused by a number of issues such as tree roots growing into the pipe, a build up of grease and oil, or bigger issues like a collapsed or crushed drain. Whatever the issue it's better to get a plumber to check it out sooner rather than later.
  • Don't treat your drains and toilet like a bin - this one is really a no-brainer but many still do it. See the infographic below for more on what you can and can't put down your drains.

Do's and Don'ts of preventing clogged drains

If just like the advice from your mother, you're only beginning to realise that following your plumber's guidance is a good idea when it's too late, we are always on hand to fix the problem. Contact our plumbing team and we'll unblock your drains properly and we guarantee not to lecture you, but we may give some helpful advice.

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