Drain Maintenance Guide

Drains can be forgotten despite their fundamental importance, because they get placed low down in the priority list of household needs. However, a simple maintenance programme can keep your drains in tip top condition, and keep you from having to call specialists out when the problems became insurmountable.

In order to avoid large scale problems due to neglect, we’ve come up with a simple guide to keep your drains healthy, we hope you find it helpful.

Careful what goes down your kitchen sink

Try to be careful about what you allow down the drains. When you’re rinsing out pots and pans before they go in the dishwasher, or before you wash them in the sink, be careful that hard items or liquids aren’t finding their way down the drains as well as the water. Such culprits are anything from fat, hair and coffee grounds, things that can collect over time, and a build-up can stop everything from flowing naturally.

Drain guards provide a simple solution

There’s a simple solution to keeping your kitchen drains unblocked. You can try using a drain guard, it’s a useful utensil that sits on top of your plug and collects debris which you can throw in the bin rather than letting it go down the drain. Rinse your sink carefully and also try putting some chemical solution designed for clearing drains down it every so often, just to keep it clear. Vinegar and baking powder, kitchen items you’re bound to have in the cupboards are also quite useful at clearing out the kitchen drain. Pour them in before applying hot water from the tap.

Hair is the enemy of your bathroom drain

In your bathroom always look out for blocked hair in the bath drain and try using a drain guard here too. This will help collect hair before it has a chance to go down the drain. It’s a useful tool as hair is a real culprit in the bathroom, the main reason for blockages.

Check the water as it drains

Always check to see how well the water is going down the drains in both the kitchen and bathroom, this is a good way of determining how soon you need to use a household chemical solution. If it’s taking a while to go down and you’ve got at least 2 inches of water in the sink left that’s taking ages to drain, then you can pretty much bet your drains are starting to get blocked. Act now and you’ll save yourself some money.

East of Scotland Drainage – for drains that need professional attention

However, if you find your drains are blocked and it’s reached the point of no return, then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage, experts in drainage and the people you need to call when your drains are blocked. We can make an assessment of the problem and then provide a no-fuss solution. That’s what we do.