How To Avoid Blocked Drains In Hertfordshire

We've all been there, wondering where that foul stench is coming from, or refusing to go into the bathroom due to an unpleasant overflow. Let's look at some of the best practices you can do to avoid blocked drains in the home in Hertfordshire.

Cooking Grease, Oil & Fat

When we cook or eat, we will produce grease, and fat and use different oils in the process, they will always remain on various utensils and plates, so it's easy to pop the dishes in the dishwasher or soak them straight away in the sink.

The fluidity of these substances may make it seem like it would remain in the same form when it goes down the drain with the sink water, however, this is not the case. When these substances cool down they solidify and become thick and pasty. Pouring these substances down the drain can block your pipes in Hertfordshire, resulting in various issues, such as reducing the flow rate, or even causing sitting water due to a blockage further down.

More so, you may notice unpleasant smells begin to arise due to the blockage. You can avoid these messy & and smelly situations by allowing the fatty oils and grease to solidify in a container before washing them. This will enable you to then dispose of the thicker solid substance into the trash rather than down the drain to keep everything flowing smoothly. Avoiding unwanted stenches or unnecessary additional costs to you, if the problem becomes a serious one you may need to bring in a specialist in Hertfordshire that can help eradicate the problem.

Plug Holes & Showers

In your kitchen sink, often little bits of food scraps find their way into your pipes when washing up the dishes, which can cause a blockage in the pipes. Utilising a strainer in your sink can be extremely helpful in catching all those small scraps before they enter the pipework, but still allow the drainage of sink water as it should do. This allows you to collect the scraps from the strainer and empty them into the trash.

The same could be said for the shower and bath plugholes in the bathroom. Soap scum, body hair, and other debris can build up in the basin, and a strainer on the plug holes can help catch this buildup for you to dispose of it appropriately. However, remember to also clean the strainers as they themselves can become blocked by smaller debris.

Nonbiodegradable Products

We use a variety of different products in our home, especially in the bathroom, which may seem safe to flush away, such as wet wipes or sanitary products, and often these products are non-biodegradable. Therefore these products can cause serious harm to your pipes and sewage such as mass blockages or worse even, an unpleasant overflowing toilet. A sight nobody enjoys having to see, smell or deal with! Though these products may seem similar to toilet paper, such as wet wipes they aren't. These products don't break down like toilet paper does and will gather to create a mass blockage that becomes difficult to shift.

The same applies to sanitary products, they are designed to absorb liquids and expand, therefore the worse way of disposing of them would be by flushing them down the toilet. It can sometimes take time for the mass blockage to really become noticeable to you, and that is usually when you have to reach for the plunger or call in the experts. Dispose of these products the same way you dispose of regular trash and you won't have to be the one in the house that deals with the overflowed toilet.


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