Blocked Drains: Prevention

Drains serve a function, and its one which you’d rather not think about. Drains are something that operate in the background, you know they get rid of stuff but that’s all you need to know. However, taking an active interest in your drains doesn’t mean you have to become an expert, it can mean taking enough interest to stop them from becoming blocked drains.

Keep an Eye Out For Blocked Drains

If you have blocked drains you’re left with two choices, you either try to unblock them yourself or you call in a firm of drain specialists to do it for you. If you do monitor your drains regularly you may be able to fix it yourself, or even if you do have to hire someone, it’ll be easy enough to fix if you’ve been vigilant. More serious leaks could involve overflows, and damage to electrics.

Blocked Drains – Inside and Outside

Blocked drains outside occur because of leaves and tree roots, which can then block the flow of water. Blocked drains inside can also become blocked due sanitary products and other items which shouldn’t be flushed and end up clogging up pipes and drains. There can also be a build-up of tissue, wipes and hair, especially from showers and baths.

Blocked Drains Caused by Flushing Things Down the Toilet

You’ll find that a lot of blocked drains are caused by people trying to flush things down the loo. And it’s not just the bathroom that causes the blockages either, and it’s not always solid items that clog up the drains.

Blocked Drains in the Bathroom

Of course the bathroom is a common place for blocked drains to occur as occupiers attempt to flush things down the toilet or pour things down the sink. Items that go down the toilet are nappies, paper towels, and sanitary items.

Blocked Drains in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a classic area for blocked drains to occur. Non-solid items are things such as oil or grease which will harden after they’ve hit the pipes, creating a block. Paint and paint thinners can also blockages making them hard to drain water aftewards.

Elsewhere old clothing, plaster and cement, plastic bags, cat litter, cotton wool buds, quite unbelievably find their way down a drain and cause a blockage.

Check Before You Dispose of Used Items

Read the instructions on the packaging if you’re not sure how to dispose of the item or its packaging once it’s fulfilled its use. It’ll tell you quite clearly what you can and cannot put down the toilet or sink.

Blocked Drains Experts - East of Scotland Drainage

If you do have blocked drains and you having no success at unblocking them, then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage Services, we’re here to help. We’re a skilled, trained team of drainage experts and we have the tools and the experience to get the job done, no matter how complex. Don’t let it get worse, give us a call.