Proper drain maintenance is key to keeping a building running smoothly. This means keeping drains clear and free of hair, debris, oils and fats.
According to new figures, sewer blockages are on the increase. These are mainly caused by people disposing of inappropriate elements down sinks and toilets.
â€œSewers are only designed to cope with toilet paper and human waste. So some of the things people throw down the toilet, like sanitary products or nappies, can easily snag on the inside of a pipe and block it,â€ says Severn Trent Waterâ€™s waste water manager, James Jesic.
â€œAnd, because some of the sewer pipes are only a few inches wide, any fats or oils that people throw down their sink can build up on the inside of it, clogging it up â€“ even if they rinse it off with boiling water.â€
These fats and oils that build up are becoming more and more common, creating giant deposits known disturbingly as â€˜fatbergsâ€™. At best, they are a major source of annoyance for waste management, at worst, the blockage can cause sewage to pour onto the road.
Prevent drains from blocking
The best way to ensure your drains run smoothly is to prevent them blocking in the first place. We recommend that the following items (among others) are disposed of via a bin:
- Fat, oil or grease
- Kitchen roll and cleansing wipes
- Cotton wool
- Car oil, paint thinner and other chemicals
- Dental floss, underwear and tights
- Unblock your drain
If your drain has become clogged and needs unblocking, youâ€™ll know because your waste water wonâ€™t drain, toilet water wonâ€™t flush away, or you may even be able to smell the problem.
To locate the blockage, get someone to help you lift the drain or manhole cover nearest your property using a spade or large screwdriver to lever it.
To clear the blockage, screw your first two drain rods together, inserting the plunger into the blocked pipe. Keep adding drain rods until you feel the blockage. Turn the rods as you go, but only in a clockwise direction or else the joints will unscrew.
Once you locate the blockage, push and pull until you feel it begin to give way. If it doesnâ€™t, try the corkscrew attachment in place of the plunger.
Once youâ€™ve successfully removed the blockage, turn on the hot tap in your property and flush through with dish detergent to get rid of any lingering debris or fat deposits.
What happens if the blockage wonâ€™t clear?
If your blockage doesnâ€™t clear, call in the professionals. Polyteck provide a cost-efficient and comprehensive planned preventative maintenance (PPM) drainage service but also an emergency drain clearing service, with experienced plumbers utilising the latest tools and equipment to clear your drain in no time. For more information, contact us now!
You can call us on 020 7481 0222 or email us by using our online contact form.