Drains often fall victim to an accumulation of food, grease, soap scum, hair, tree root intrusions, and other foreign objects. So, your drains should be kept clean before they cause problems that will need repair work!
When blocked drains and pipe problems do arise, it’s best to call in the professionals. But, since this pandemic, many Northern Beaches homeowners don’t have the funds to do so.
For these reasons, our drain cleaning specialists have four easy, temporary home solutions to tide you over until you have the budget.
Let’s dive in!
#1 Firstly, Don’t Flush Foreign Objects!
First and foremost, and most importantly, the best way to solve blocked drains on Northern Beaches is to stop causing them! Foreign objects and clogging waste should never be flushed or dropped down your drains.
As they’re not meant for drain disposal, they can easily become waterlogged and stuck in your pipe system. Over time, these partial blockages will cause a build-up of other debris, completely clogging up your drains!
Some of these items include:
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cooking grease and food
- Paper towels
#2 The Miracle Of Grates
Placing a grate on your drain is another effective way of preventing blockages from building up.
They will catch large, blockage-causing food particles, hair, objects, and other debris before they have the chance to block your drains!
#3 Biological Cleaners
Although chemical cleaners are never recommended due to their corrosive, damaging nature, there is an alternative.
Biological drain cleaners are organic, containing no harsh chemicals. This means that they’re safe to pour down your pipes and for the environment too!
Make sure to clean proactively, rather than only retroactively. Regular cleaning with biological drain cleaners will keep your pipes bacteria and mould free and prevent blockages from building up.
#4 Hot water
Surprisingly, hot water is a simple and effective solution to less significant blockages – especially in kitchens (grease)! It can melt away grease, oil, and other coagulating waste
Pro tip: run hot water through the drain to help melt the mess!
What About Pipe Problems?
By scheduling regular drain cleaning and inspections from drain specialists, you can reduce the likelihood of pipe problems arising. And regular inspections mean you’ll know as soon as they do.
For more specific solutions to your pipe problems, call our specialists at Platinum Pipe Relining! After years battling the most complex pipe problems and blocked drains on Northern Beaches, we’ve got the expertise you need!
Whether you need pipe relining, drain cleaning or simple advice; call us.