Over the Christmas period there is sure to be an influx of people coming into your home, with this comes the inevitably of more usage on your drains, whether this be via your sink, washing machine or most likely your toilet. There are many ways to fix these problems just in time for the 25th of December as we’ll go onto explain, in partaking in these methods you will be certain to avoid a Christmas catastrophe!
What Causes Drain Blockages?
There is an array of different substances that can lead to drain blockages, with some of the most common being
• Sanitary Products
• Left-over Food
• Toilet Paper
Many of these objects and substances take quite a significant increase towards the Christmas period as more people are placed into a short space (be it a singular house) and are using facilities that are most probably for a family of around 4-6 instead of maybe 10-12.
Drain Blockages are caused by a build up of one of these factors, as water can get easily halted by something as thick as hair being in the drain as this acts like a beaver blocking a stream with its logs.
At Christmas time, you are also going to be cooking a much larger quantity of food than usual, because of this there will tend to be an increase of food wastage, causing liquids like Gravy, Oil, Fat, Bread Sauce, etc (which are all much thicker liquids than the water that is supposed to go through the drains as that is what they are naturally designed for) to clog up your drains.
How To Prevent and Clear Blocked Drains
Now that you are aware of the sort of substances that cause drains to be blocked, you should now learn how to prevent this from occurring in the first place.You should always keep on top of your drains, especially in the lead up to Christmas.
This is so that when you do get your hands dirty, you are not pulling full heads of hair out of your shower! Instead of rinsing off your tray of grease into your drainage system, you should pour it into an old mug or container, in doing this, the grease will solidify and can then be disposed into a rubbish bin. A way to prevent hair from getting into the pipes would be to use a drain-grate in the base of your shower to catch all the unwanted clumps of hair.
One of the most common methods of unblocking drains would be to use the known combination of Baking Soda and Vinegar, as you are most likely aware, a mix of these causes a chemical reaction to take place when poured down your drain and will clear any debris.
This is the most popular method of unblocking drains as they are both common house-hold objects and so you will not have to go out of your way to buy specific cleaner. If this method does not work however, then you may have to purchase specific drain cleaning products, or even try boiling water as especially at Christmas time, the problem may just be frozen substances or water in your pipe that can be easily melted by some boiling water.
If none of the above seem to work on your pipes, then you will need the help of a professional. But not worry as Drain 247 is here to save your Christmas! To get a quote from us, give us a call at 0800 612 8038, or be sure to fill out our contact form on the website.