How to prevent clogged drains

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You don’t want your drains to be clogged at the worst possible time. While unclogging drains is simple, there are precautions that can be taken to prevent drains from blocking. It will also help in keeping your plumbing system intact.

How to prevent clogged drains

Here are some tips to keep your drains running freely:

  • Food scraps often go down the drain and clog it. A drain strainer can be used in the sink to keep the food out and can be removed.
  • Lint and fabric from the washing machine’s drain hose cause the drain to clog. Attach a lint catcher at the end of the drain hose to catch the lint.
  • When grease or oil is dumped directly down the drain, it sticks to the pipe's sides, blocking it. Instead, pour it into a well sealed container that can be thrown away.
  • Bacteria can be added to drains while they are not in use, such as during work hours or after bedtime. It degrades organic materials found in food, grease, and hair. 
  • Hair and soap buildup are the most common causes of clogged shower drains. A mesh screen can be used to catch hair before it reaches the drain. A pop-up stopper can be used in the sink  to attract dental floss, hair, and other items that are likely to be discarded down the drain.
  • Low flow toilets and taps do not keep the drains clear as it does not carry the debris down the pipe. A bucket of water can be poured into the toilet to clear the drains. Additionally, hot water can also be poured occasionally to release the debris down the drain.
  • Avoid throwing all personal care products into the toilet that causes clogging.
  • Have a professional inspection every 2-3 years if you own a septic tank.

Clogging happens even with the precautions being taken. For blocked drains and pipes, call us at 02 9158 3564  or Get a Free Quote with a $0 callout fee. Sydney Drain Surgeons are drain specialists providing 24/7 emergency services all over Sydney

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