A clogged drain is the last thing any homeowner wants. They are a huge inconvenience in the house and often swarm with disease-causing bacteria. Clogged drains may also result in unpleasant odors that can render your home inhabitable.
For this reason, you should find ways to prevent the problem. To do this, we’ve identified four common causes of blocked drains that you need to pay particular attention to:
Clogged With Hair
Hair is perhaps the most common cause of clogging in bathrooms and toilets. When we comb our hair in the bathroom and thereafter don’t clean the place, hair strands will collect and over time can clog the drain.
Solution: Never allow hair to pile. After using the bathroom or sink, put on a pair of hand gloves and pull out any hair stands you can find. There are also special devices you can purchase from the local store that can be used to pull out hair strands from the drain.
Another major cause of clogging, grease, and fat often build up in the kitchen sink over time. What happens is that as you clean your kitchenware, the grease and fatty substances may get stuck along the interior walls of drainage pipes or even within the sink. Over time, say a few weeks, the buildup could be so huge that even water might not be able to run through the pipe.
Solution: Avoid washing fatty substances in the sink. As soon as the fat gets into the pipes, it will cool down and harden making it very difficult to remove. Instead, put kitchen grease and fatty substances into in a small container and discard them with garbage.
If you have a habit of throwing toiletries down the toilet, you also risk causing serious drainage problems in your home. Nappies and baby wipes are usually the major culprits. Since most people don’t like discarding them in the trash can, they usually feel that throwing these items down the toilet makes the most sense. It doesn’t. Once thrown down the toilet, the items typically enlarge, quickly blocking drainage pipes.
Solution: It’s really simple, only toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. For nappies, baby wipes and other large toiletries, dispose them in a separate bin and take them out with the garbage.
Lastly, foreign objects account for a large portion of clogging incidences. Whether it’s children toys, soap, toothbrushes, sanitary product, or food items, foreign materials, usually solid, will instantly clog your drain. What’s more, most homeowners don’t know how to remove these objects. If you attempt a DIY, you may just find yourself pushing the object further down the drain.
Solution: First off, keep watch of the kids; ensure that they’re not throwing things down the toilet. Secondly, dispose of your waste properly; never try to flush food items and other solid waste down the toilet.
Have a clogged drain?
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