There is no escaping the fact that a blocked drain is a huge inconvenience. Causing a multitude of issues around your property, from unpleasant aromas to slow-draining plugholes and gurgling sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, dealing with a blocked drain is never fun.
In this blog, we’re sharing three ways of dealing with blocked drains in London – with advice on how to avoid the issue in the first place, and what to do when disaster strikes.
Raise awareness of what causes blocked drains
They say that prevention is better than cure, and never has this been more accurate than when discussing a blocked drain or drainage issues. If a blockage forms in your pipe network and is left untreated, not only does it affect the flow of water through your drains, but it also creates pressure in the pipes which can cause cracks and breaks to appear in the system.
That’s why the first tip on our list is awareness – specifically around what causes blocked drains. Some of the common culprits include oils and fat from the kitchen, alongside other kitchen waste. Disposable wipes and sanitary waste are also responsible for a high percentage of drain blockages, as well as hair which falls out during a bath or shower and gets washed down the plughole.
Externally, it is important to keep your gutters clear to facilitate free draining waste. That means looking out for and removing fallen leaves as well as other outdoor debris. The more you can do to minimise the risk of a blocked drain, the lower the chance of a costly and inconvenient issue striking.
Invest in a regular drain maintenance service
The second way to deal with a blocked drain, before or after suffering from drain damage and the cost of an emergency unblocking call out, is to invest in a regular maintenance service and check.
Drainage maintenance is a regular service which sees a professional team come out and flush your drains, ensuring that any build-up of debris or blocked material is flushed away before it can cause a problem. Maintenance checks can also be used to assess the structure and stability of your pipes and to ensure that there is no underlying damage which can lead to blockages.
Book an emergency drain unblocking
The third and final way to deal with a blocked drain is the emergency response which clears the blockage away and restores your drainage system to full working order. If you have spotted the symptoms of a blocked drain in your home or property, calling out a professional drainage company will ensure that the blockage is identified, isolated, and cleared both safely and effectively.
A professional company will also be able to advise on any further work that is needed, including CCTV surveys and other work to identify underlying issues which may affect the integrity of a drainage system. For more information on this and other services, get in touch with your local company today.