Blocked Drains During Lockdown
Let’s face it, there’s never a good time to have blocked drains. However, lockdown has got to be one of the worst. Imagine being stuck inside a house with backed-up, smelly drains. You wouldn’t be able to flush your loo, do the washing up, or even wash your hands (crucial right now!)
Since we’ve all got enough going on right now, we’ve put together our top ‘drain cleaning’ tips to help keep your drains problem free throughout lockdown (part two) and beyond.
How to keep your drains blockage free?
Use drain cleaner
Prevention, as we all know, is far better than cure. A quick swill out with drain cleaner should keep most blockages at bay. You can use shop-bought drain cleaning products, or even make your own.
Vinegar mixed with baking soda does a great job of keeping your drains clog-free. It’s far better for the environment, and actually better for the long-term health of your drains than all those chemicals.
If making your own isn’t your thing, then a quick Google search will find you some specialist eco-friendly drain cleaning products. Alternatively, just get a good plumber (hi there!) to do a professional drain clean every so often.
If you’re short on time or money, then a quick blast of boiling water is better than nothing. But bear in mind that using a drain cleaning product or service every so often will be a lot cheaper and easier than, say, dealing with home repairs after a particularly nasty drain blockage has caused your home to flood.
Stop blockages at the source
A good rule of thumb is that that you should only flush the three Ps; that’s pee, poo and paper! So before you flush, if it’s not one of these, it shouldn’t be going down your drain, pop it in the bin instead.
That’s just toilet paper though. Kitchen roll is NOT designed to be flushed. It can cause some pretty serious blockages, requiring a professional drain cleaning service. So if you’re one of the secret kitchen roll hoarders that we heard so much about a few months ago, and you’re thinking of refreshing your hoard for Lockdown – The Sequel, think again!
While we’re on the subject of things you shouldn’t flush, here’s a few more things that you should never rinse down the drain or flush away:
- Wet wipes. Yes, even if they say they’re flushable.
- Food leftovers. Scrape your plates before rinsing them.
- Cooking waste. Tip cooking oil or fat into an old jam jar, let it cool and stick it in the bin.
- Stray hairs. Get some plughole hair traps and clean them regularly.
- General dirt. Again, plughole traps for those mucky footie boots, and keep them clean.
Get a CCTV Drain Survey
If you already suspect that something is not quite right with your drains, then give us a call. Our advanced CCTV technology can spot any potential issues early on. This could be root ingress, collapsed drains areas of your drain, or areas that need more intensive sewer cleaning. SM Drains have 16 years of experience in unblocking and repairing drains across Manchester. As we’re leaders in CCTV drain surveying services, we can use our top-of-the-range equipment to have a good old nosey inside your drains and sewers to make sure they’re in tip-top condition.
So, if you think it may be too late for a simple douse of Mr Muscle, or you have a drain emergency on your hands, give SM Drains a call today on 07751 139514, and we’ll have you sorted in no time.