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How to Prevent Blocked Drains in Plymouth

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How to Prevent Blocked Drains in Plymouth

MSH Plumbing and Heating provide regular and emergency calls outs for anybody with blocked drains in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Below you will find some advice on what to do to prevent blockages and what to do in the case of a blocked drain in Plymouth.

 

Prevention is better than cure

We all know that hiring a plumber can be expensive, especially if it’s an emergency call-out to unblock your sink and drainage. There are a number of things however, that you can do yourself, to prevent the problem in the first place and we will cover them here. Most sink blockages are from oil and fat that have solidified in the pipework and once a small amount has stuck somewhere, usually around a joint in the pipe, everything else you put down the sink will add a little to the blockage, until eventually the flow stops and you reach for the telephone book.
A bi-annual flush of your kitchen sink and pipes, is a great way to maintain your drains and you can do this simply and cheaply. Pour a quarter of a cup of baking soda into the sink drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Wait at least ten minutes before flushing it through, with boiling water. If you carry out this flushing procedure at least twice a year, it will keep your sink drainage clean and free of blockages.

 

Do’s & Don’ts to prevent drain blockage in Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

At least once a week, fill your sink up to the brim with hot water, and a tiny squirt of washing-up liquid. Pull the plug and let the hot, soapy water drain quickly. The weight of this sink-full of water will dislodge most small build-ups and the volume of water will completely fill the pipe, cleaning it all around inside.
If you notice the flow slowing down in your kitchen sink, boiling water poured down the drain hole will also work well, to strip oils and fats from the pipework.
NEVER dispose of oils or hot fats down your sink waste pipe, as you are asking for trouble. Not only is this practice inviting a drain blockage but is also very bad for the environment. This practice causes a massive knock-on effect to your water treatment works and raises the cost of maintaining vital drains. If everyone poured oil and fat down their drains, your council’s spending would go through the roof. Collect your waste fats and cooking oil in tin cans, large pet food cans are good for this. Cover with a piece cut out from a carrier bag and fix with a rubber band. You can take these cans of waste oil to your local rubbish dump, where they can take it to be recycled.
Wipe your plates and dishes with kitchen towel before washing them in the sink or dishwasher, as even these thin films of fat do build-up over the year.

 

If these handy tips haven’t worked for you, the blockage may be more severe but there is still something you can do, before calling-out that plumber.

Using an adjustable spanner, remove the ‘S’ bend from the bottom of the pipe under your sink. You will need to empty your cupboard to do this and you should place a bucket or washing-up bowl underneath the stopper, to catch the gunk that comes out. Once you have simply unscrewed the ‘S’ pipe off the spigot on the bottom of the sink, you will be able to clean it thoroughly before replacing it. However, if you follow our maintenance advice, this shouldn’t happen, and your pipes will stay clean and clear.
So next time your sink backs-up, don’t despair put the kettle on, before picking up the phone book and calling for help, it will save you a lot of money.
For any further advice on a blocked drain in Plymouth and the surrounding areas contact MSH Plumbing and Heating or navigate around our website for more information.

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