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Although you can easily have your drains unblocked by calling a local specialist, avoiding the problem in the first place is a far more cost effective option. To help you minimize the chances of having to deal with a severely blocked drain in the near future, we have collated 7 top tips that you can make a note of. If you follow our suggestions, you may not be able to avoid the possibility of clogged drains completely but you will definitely reduce the odds of it happening in your home.

How to Avoid Blocked Sinks, Bathtubs and Showers: Tips from Your Friendly Drain Company

Without further ado, we present our 7 top tips for avoiding problems with clogged drains in the home.

  1. Place Mesh Screens over Drains in Your Bathroom – Hair is a leading cause of drain blockages in the bathroom but by the simple act of installing mesh screens over each one, you can greatly reduce the amount of hair that ends up going down your bathroom drains.
  2. Brush Your Hair Before Showering – Another cost effective way to minimize the amount of debris that enters your bathroom drains is to brush your hair before you shower. This tip will not cost you any money at all, assuming you already own a hairbrush, just a few minutes of your time.
  3. Pour Used Cooking Oil and Grease into an Old Container – When cooking oil and grease cools down, it tends to congeal into a sticky mess. You can imagine the problems that this can cause if the sticky mess in question happens to form in your drains. Save yourself the bother of having to call your local drain company every couple of years: pour your grease and oil into old containers and put it out with the trash instead.
  4. Run the Hot Tap After Using Your Kitchen Sink – If you run the hot tap for a minute after cleaning your pots and pans, you can wash any oil and food debris through your drains before it has a chance to accumulate on the inside of your drainage pipes.
  5. Throw Fibrous Materials in the Trash – Personal hygiene items such as dental floss, cotton wool, and wet-wipes should always be disposed of carefully. Do not flush them down the toilet.
  6. Use Baking Soda and Hot Water – As any good drain company will tell you, you can loosen fat and other deposits in your drains by throwing a handful of baking soda in them, before pouring very hot, but not boiling, water down afterwards.
  7. Vinegar – As an alternative to baking soda and hot water, you can try a cupful of white vinegar.

If you follow all of the above advice and still end up with blocked drains, or this advice has come a little too late, please do not hesitate to call us for help. As the area’s leading drain company, you can rely on us to fix your problem swiftly and effectively, at a very reasonable price.