Blockages are a part of bathroom and kitchen nature, but there are steps you can take to avoid them (and the stink they can create)!
Showers & Baths:
When brushing your hair, try to collect the hairs in the brush and dispose of them in a bin rather than washing them down the drain.
When your soap has come to the end of it’s little life, throw it in the bin rather than squish it down the plughole!
Of course, there will still be hair in the drain so regularly remove hair or purchase a hair trap if your plug hole can fit one.
As tempting as it may be to flush everything down the toilet, your toilet is only supposed to flush human waste, tampons and toilet tissue.
Things that cannot be flushed include kitchen roll, baby wipes, cotton wool, Q-tips, nappies, sanitary towels, hair, fish, etc!
Do not place foreign objects, e.g. your phone, where they risk falling into the toilet bowl. (Not only could you block the toilet, but you could damage your phone or at least make it pretty gross!)
Do not pour fat down the sink. However, if there is no alternative, then make sure it’s mixed with plenty of very hot water as it goes down.
Get a drain mesh that catches any large chunks of food, and empty into the bin regularly. Do not be tempted to smush the food into the plughole until it disappears down the pipes!
If you have discovered a lingering smell emitting from a sink, bath, shower or basin, there’s a good chance you have a blockage. If your water is very slow to drain away, then there’s also a good chance you have a blockage.
Sometimes the problem is not what has been put down into the pipes, but rather the way the pipes have been installed in which case they will need correcting for a long lasting solution.
In the case of a blockage or slow draining, you can always call on us!
Danielle & Richard Minto, Directors