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How To Prevent A Blocked Drain

Have you got a blocked drain in your kitchen or bathroom? Find out what causes it and how to prevent future blockages.

Here is nothing worse than suffering from a blocked drain. It doesn’t matter if it occurs in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink or an outside sewer drain. It is a massive problem that can create havoc on your property. A blockage in the drain can indicate a bigger plumbing problem in the pipes.

Blocked Drain Prevention

What’s Blocking My Drains?

Clogged drains can occur for several different reasons. Let’s look at some reasons why you may have clogged drains.


Food waste can get washed down the drain and build up in the pipes. Some food items cannot decompose and become lodged in the pipe walls.

Debris/Foreign Objects

You can accidentally wash away items such as jewellery, and children have been known to flush their toys down the toilet. If an object is larger than the pipe opening, it cannot move through the pipe system and stop the water flow.


The shower drain is susceptible to a build-up of hair and soap. Hair is a significant factor in a bathroom or shower drain clogging up. Shampoo can be overly greasy and hard to disintegrate.


Cooking oils and food grease will become solid once they cool inside the pipework. This creates a barrier and obstructs water flow.

Toilet Paper

Using too much toilet paper will not do any good for your pipes. A blockage can occur in the line if you flush excess amounts of paper and other material down the sewer drain.

Tree Roots

Tree roots are strong, and once they start growing inside your pipes, they will cause the pipework to become weak and break. Tree root invasion is a common culprit in clogging your pipeline.

Damaged Drain Pipes

If there is rust in your water channels or you have an older property, the chances are that the drainpipes are weak and are at risk of cracking.

How Do I Stop My Drains From Blocking?

There are some easy tips on saving your drains from becoming clogged. All you need to do is make some adjustments to your daily routine and be cautious of what you are putting down your gutters.

  • Dispose of cooking oil and used grease in a container and place in a garbage bin. Do not wash cooking grease down the sink.
  • Invest in a drain strainer to catch food items before reaching the sink opening. These can also be used in your shower drain to prevent hair clogs.
  • Only flush water and human waste down the toilet, and be mindful of how much toilet paper you are using.
  • Proper disposal of rubbish is important as any items that get washed down your line can harm the drain system.
  • Clearing your drains regularly through a local licensed plumber is the best way to avoid a clog in the line.
  • You should not throw coffee grounds, paper towels, cat litter, paint and some household cleaners down the drain.

What Can I Pour Down A Drain To Unclog It?

Many items on the market claim to clear clogs and blockages in the drains. Instead of clearing blocked drains, these products may do more harm than good. Some chemicals may be too harsh on the plumbing and cause your channels to weaken.

If you are looking for a quick remedy for minor clogs in the drain, you could create an effective and environmentally friendly solution. You usually can find the ingredients around your house. All you need is:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda,
  • 1 cup of vinegar and
  • boiling water

Start by slowly pouring the water down the drain, followed by 1/2 baking soda and vinegar. Cover the drain with a plug and let the mixture work for 5-10 minutes. Finish off by adding the hot water again.

Be careful when you pour the hot water, and make sure to wear gloves, so you avoid burning yourself. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will disintegrate small clogs such as grease, soap and hair. You can also use the solution for household washing, and it is an excellent method to prevent smelly sinks.

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Preventing Your Blocked Drain

A well-maintained drain is essential for the smooth functioning of any household. But improper disposal of items and unintentionally dropping them can clog your drains. There may also be undetected leaks and problems you may not be able to see or notice immediately.

Changing a few habits or getting your hands a little dirty and putting more time and attention into your home’s drains may save you a lot of money down the road.

Pools of water in your yard, slow-moving drains, gurgling sounds coming from your sinks may all be a sign of a majorly congested drain.

If you are experiencing drain blockage or anything similar, call a reputable plumbing service to help solve this issue permanently. Do not ignore problems with your drainage system as they may get progressively worse or cause further problems and damage to your plumbing system and property.

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