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Household Tips: How To Keep Your Drains Unblocked

A blocked drain is one of the most frequent problems for households in Britain, and whilst it is possible to unblock a drain its important to also focus on the preventative measures that you can implement in your home to stop the blocking occurring in the first place.

The Worst Clogging Culprits

There are four main reasons for drain blockages and those tend to be: hair, cooking grease, coffee grounds and soap scum.

By making slight changes to your daily routine you can ensure that these culprits don’t create problems for your drain. Using an old container to store cooking grease rather than pouring it down the drain can help, once the container is full you merely throw it in the bin. The same can be said for coffee grounds, rather than rinsing them down the sink try to put them straight into the rubbish bin.

As for hair and soap scum, think about investing in a drain-grate or screen to protect the drains opening. They are inexpensive and help to minimise the chances of soap scum and hair clogging up your drain.

Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your drains and pipes is an excellent way of preventing drain blockages, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are several ‘home’ remedies that can be implemented and don’t involve you going out and buying the latest cleaning products.

Running hot water through the drain regularly can always help. as it keeps the oils in food running down the drain. This prevents build up on the inside of the pipes. Such build up can slow drains down and lead to blockages so it is definitely worth remembering to keep the hot water running.

For a more extensive clean, try throwing some baking soda down the drain then following with some hot water. Baking soda is a known cleaning agent and as a bonus it also absorbs any foul odours.

A deeper clean still can be offered using by vinegar. Simply pour vinegar down your drain, leave it to sit for at least half an hour, then pour very hot water down the drain to wash it out. Vinegar is a cleaning agent that contains acetic acid and therefore can be incredibly useful in removing the build up of waste in the pipes.

Tougher Constant Problems

Some drains may be more prone to clogging than others, this is especially dependant on type of use and frequency of use.

For regular clogging problems there is another home based solution that could be worth a try that works on drains in bathtubs, showers and sinks. It is best to try this solution before going to bed because then it has a chance to sit overnight. Firstly, pour equal measures of salt and baking soda into the drain. Next add vinegar and let the mixture foam for at least one minute. Then pour down a substantial amount of boiling water and leave overnight. By the morning the drain should be substantially quicker in its use.

For those of you that have sinks with garbage disposals there are many tips and tricks that you can use to prevent blocking and keep your drain running easily. One home remedy you can utilise involves filling an ice cube tray with a mixture of vinegar and water. It is important to add water to the mix as vinegar doesn’t freeze very well on its own. Once these are frozen, turn on your garbage disposal and throw in the ice cubes. This works well because the ice scrapes the grease off of the walls and the vinegars acidity works to clean it.

For a clean fresh scent, follow each of these methods with lemon juice, or with the garbage disposal a slice of lemon. It will freshen up your kitchen and make it smell fantastic!

For more information on blocked drains and how to combat the problem of poor drainage, visit our Drains page or call Home Cure on 0800 002 9991.