Having a plumbing system means you will inevitably have to contend with plumbing issues. One of the more common problems that homeowners will face is dealing with blocked drains. This is because foreign particles will gradually make their ways down your drains and accumulation eventually result into blockages. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you have to continuously deal with blocked drains. By knowing what to do and not to do, you are taking measures to preventing the risk of clogs developing. Below are some of the don'ts for preventing blocked drains.
Don't dump food particles down your kitchen sink
One of the main contributors to blockages in your drains is food particles. Some homeowners may be under the assumption that soft food particles such as rice and pasta cannot have an adverse effect on their drainage system, as they will eventually breakdown. The reality is the soft food particles will have a propensity of compacting together as they collect in your drainage. Over time, they form large clogs that will impede the flow of water. It is, therefore, prudent to ensure that any dishes being washed in the sink are completely free of leftover particles, no matter how small they may be.
The same goes for coffee grounds. You may assume throwing the coffee grounds down the sink will just wash them away. The truth is the coffee grounds will also become compacted and start blocking your drains. Always throw these coffee grounds in the trash or you could incorporate them into your compost.
Don't pour grease down your drains
Another culprit of blocked drains is grease. Liquid oil may seem that it will flow down your drains but the truth is once the temperatures fall, it coagulates and lines itself on the inner walls of the drains. The coagulated grease then acts as a trap for other particles that may make their way down the drain and this accelerates the formation of clogs. Even if you are not actively pouring grease down your drains, it can still make its way there from the washing of plates, taking a bath. washing your hair and more.
The best way to ensure that you are protecting your drains from oils and grease would be by installing grease traps. These traps are installed in the sink to collect any oil that may end up swirling down the drain. All that you would be required to do is ensure that the grease traps and removed and cleaned on a regular basis.
If I didn't know better, I'd think my toddler started each day with a challenge to throw something new and different down the toilet. He has managed to put nearly anything can imagine down the toilet. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out what has gone missing down the loo and whether it's something I can fix or something that I need to call the plumber to help me fix it. This blog is for other mums of toddlers who need to get toys out of the toilet and get the toilet back to working condition as soon as possible!