Many of us suffer from blocked drains from time to time, however, most of these cases are easily avoidable. Here are some tips below on how to take care of your kitchen and bathroom drains to save you time and money this season.

Blocked drains in the bathroom

Remember the “three Ps” when using your bathroom: pee, poo and (toilet) paper. These are the only things that should go down your loo. For everything else, from wet wipes, to sanitary towels, tampons and nappies, please remember to put them in the bin.

Alternatively, look for the official water industry ‘Fine to Flush’ symbol on the back of the packet.

If in doubt throw it in the bin instead.

Tampons and sanitary towels are designed to be compact and discreet, these items don’t break down in water. If you flush them, they can still block your drains and force raw sewage back up your toilet.

Avoid this by placing all sanitary products in your bathroom bin.

Blocked drains in the kitchen

The drain in your kitchen sink is only designed for water. Everything else should go in the bin, including food, oil and cooking fat, which can all cause major issues with your drainage.

Cooking fat and oils when cooled down will eventually turn solid and build up in your pipes. It’s not surprising that this can block your whole system.

Instead of pouring fats and oils down the sink, collect them in a container (such as a small bowl or jam jar) and leave them to cool down. Once solidified, you can scoop it out and throw them in the bin.

Also check with your local council for more information on how to dispose of fat, oil and grease as they may also have special ways to do this.

Little pieces of food can stick to congealing fat in the drain and worsen fatty blockages. Make sure you scrape any leftover food from your plates and bowls into the bin, before washing them in the sink or dishwasher.

Before rinsing any reusable packaging or containers, remember to wipe them down and remove any solid food bits. This helps to reduce your risk of blocking the drain.

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