No homeowner wants to face the problem of a blocked drain. Your local Ipswich plumber get calls for blocked drains every day with most blockages occurring from common items that shouldn’t be placed down the drain. When suffering from a blocked drain it can also cause an outcome of unpleasant smells, water damage and health issues towards your home. That is why it’s important at all cost to avoid a blocked drain from occurring in your household.
HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON ITEMS TO AVOID THAT IPSWICH PLUMBERS FIND BLOCKING A DRAIN:
FATS, OILS AND GREASE:
Things like excess oil, cooking fats, grease face creams, body lotions, hair treatments, baby oil and certain makeups contain a lot of oil and should be disposed of in waste bins. With fats, oils and grease not mixing with water, it solidifies and starts forming barriers to the flow of water. These barriers can eventually break or split pipes and cause blockages.
All food scraps should be placed in the bin. When food scraps like rice and pasta expand when added to water and when gathered can cause a smelly blockage. Fruit pits are another common item to avoid as they take years to decompose meaning they are more likely to block the drain. Also avoid leftover bones, onion skins, carrot peeling, raw meat, asparagus, pumpkin, dairy products, celery and corn husks as all can build up and lead to unpleasant smells and blockages in your drains.
Most common households are regular bath bomb users. However, most often contain oils and salts which won’t dissolve in water. Some fancy bath bombs even contain flower parts, glitter and even sparkling tiny stars, none of which are good for your drainage pipes. We advise that you can use bath bombs but to avoid overdoing it as it can lead to a blocked drain.
MAKE-UP WIPES/SANITARY OR TOILET WIPES/TISSUES/TAMPONS AND SANITARY PADS:
Should all be avoided as all do not absorb moisture and so are not designed to be placed down the drains as they will clog your pipes.
Wet coffee ground sticks together causing a blocked drain. You may think the coffee ground is small however, the small grains can build up causing slow water flow within your drains.
By avoiding these common items can reduce the likelihood of your drains at home to become blocked.
CONTACT NUFLOW IPSWICH TODAY
If you have been caught multiple times placing one of these items down the drain or you suspect that you have a blocked drain, then contact your local Ipswich plumber if you live in the surrounding areas of Redbank, Goodna, Springfield Lakes, Ripley, Willowbank, Amberley, Rosewood, Somerset, Kilcoy, Blackbutt.