A blocked drain has to be one of the most unpleasant plumbing mishaps that homeowners have to deal with. However, blocked drains don’t just happen by themselves, and many of our seemingly harmless day to day actually contribute to this common problem. This week, we run through four key things you can do to reduce the likelihood of having a blocked drain on your property.

 

Only ever flush toilet paper

Every year Australians flush thousands of different foreign objects down their toilets and this alone is the most common cause of drain blockages in the bathroom. Things like tampons, pads, wet wipes, makeup remover, nappies and cotton wool might look harmless enough, but they can quickly build up and cause blockages either on your property or further down the line.

 

Clean your backyard regularly

Outdoors, the two major causes of blockages are tree roots and build-up of plant debris. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent tree root damage to an established plumbing system, but you can radically reduce the amount of plant debris that flows into your sewer system by regularly raking up leaves, cleaning out your gutters, and removing any dead growth as the seasons change. Installing channel grates in your guttering and leaf domes on your drains can also help reduce the amount of leaf litter that flows into the sewer.

 

Invest in a good plumber

Plumbing is a surprisingly complex trade and something that requires an understanding of both engineering and physics, as well as the practical skills required to install watertight drainage systems. It’s really not something that should be left to an amateur and nowhere is this more apparent when it comes to drain blockage issues relating to badly angled or improperly installed pipes. Always engage a certified plumber to do major plumbing installation work in your home so you can reduce the occurrence of blockages caused by poor workmanship.

Never pour fats and oils down the kitchen sink

Kitchen drain blockages are one of the most common issues that we are called out for and it’s really not that surprising given that many people treat their kitchen sink like a garbage disposal. Just because things like oils, fats, and grease can be washed down the kitchen drain, doesn’t mean they should be. These substances tend to stick to the sides of pipes and solidify, gradually narrowing the pipeline until eventually, water can no longer pass through. Always pour oils, fats and grease into a jar, wait for them to solidify and then throw them in the bin.

 

JPG Plumbing can fix blocked drains in Rowville, Carrum Downs, Frankston, Dandenong, Kew, and every other Melbourne suburb. Get in touch with us today by calling 0400 978 442.