Drainage is probably not something we think about on a daily basis (unless we have a problem!) but keeping your drainage system clear and clean is vital. By avoiding some of the following factors, your drains will stay healthier for longer.
Here are the worst drain blockage culprits you should avoid and dispose of somewhere other than your drain.
Make sure to clear your shower and bath drains of any hair build-up on a weekly basis. This will stop hair from going down the drain and causing a blockage, along with general soap scum. Similarly, grease, fats and oils. Juices from cooked meats, butter, dairy products and cooking oils all add up to one disgusting clogged drain, and this mixture of grease causes “fatbergs” that block up the sewers.
Baby wipes and paper hand towels should never be flushed down the toilet. Unless the packaging specifically says so, most are not as disposable as you think.
Also, foods like pasta expand after they sit in the pipes and soak up water, which makes for a smelly blockage, avoid food debris causing issues by using a sink strainer. Plastic stickers from fruit and little bits of plastic from grocery products are notorious for causing issues in kitchen pipes, so again, a sink strainer will help you avoid this problem altogether.
You should also avoid putting chemical cleaners down your drain as they can erode the pipes and are disruptive to water ecosystems. Many paints should never be rinsed down the drain; oil-based paint especially should be disposed of correctly. People don’t seem to realise it’s incredibly easy for coffee grounds to block a pipe; they can cause a blockage by themselves but can also help build other blockages. You should dispose of your coffee grounds outside instead; they are great for your garden as a mulch or fertilizer.
Finally, and this is an obvious one, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs and cotton balls– one stray cotton swab and it’s the perfect platform for a blockage to occur. If you are still having drainage issues, find out more about Drainage TV’s CCTV drain inspection services, and for more information on private drainage, drain fault locating and drainage inspections Auckland please go to www.drainagetv.co.nz .