How do I Prevent Blocked Drains?  
Posted in: Commercial,Residential
On September 27, 2022

Blocked drains can be a pain especially if you don’t know the cause. Buz Plumbing North Brisbane specialises in blocked drain diagnosis and clearing and can unclog your blockage quickly. It’s always better to prevent a problem than to deal with it, your drainage system is the same. People spend a tremendous amount of time, energy, and money unclogging blocked drains. Alternatively, it is far preferable to change a few small aspects of your everyday routine. Some things you can do and change in your home are outlined below. 

Drain Strainers: 

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Small debris is one of the primary causes of clogged drains. Utilising a drain strainer is one method of preventing them from entering your drain. An item made of stainless steel that you can set on the drainage entrance is called a strainer. Your neighbourhood hardware stores will sell it. Small particles won’t be able to enter your drain pipes thanks to this item. In order to prevent food waste from falling into the drain, you can place it above your sink’s drain opening. You can also use different strainers in your shower. A blocked shower drain can be brought on by hair that has fallen out, soap scum, and grime. Hence, adding a filter here will aid in avoiding that.

Boiling Water:

Even if you take precautions there may still be small waste in your sinks or pipes that can gather over time. Pouring hot water from a kettle every week can help deteriorate the waste that’s accumulated overtime. Be sure to use caution with hot water. 

Avoid Problem waste:

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Your drain should not be used to dispose of waste fat, grease, or oil. Due to their stickiness, these wastes clog the drain in the middle. They produce some unpleasant odours as they accumulate into a clog and obstruct the drain. Keep oil from going down your sink. Instead, let the oil solidify and then dispose of it in the trash.

Helpful Tips For Unblocking Drains:

Here are three home methods to try if your drain has become clogged. 

Plunger: Try to clear the drain by pumping a plunger, which can be purchased at any hardware shop, up and down over the drain. If the obstruction is made of soft materials like hair or soap, it might dissolve and move through the system. To clear any leftover debris from the pipes, run hot water.

Bi carb soda and vinegar: Mix ½ cup of vinegar and baking soda together and pour down the drain. Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda react by expanding and fizzing which helps to unclog drains. As it proceeds, the clog is forced downward by the expanding product’s pressure. The vinegar solution (vinegar + water) helps eliminate soap scum that adheres to pipe walls. The purpose of the hot-water rinse is to simply remove any residue that was not removed by the vinegar-bicarb soda fizzle.

Drain Cleaner: There are several commercial drain cleaners available. Pour the product down the drain to remove build up. Ensure you follow instructions carefully. 

Emergency Plumer Might Be Needed:

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An overflowing shower at midnight or a toilet that won’t flush before an important guest arrives?

Any time of day or night, urgent plumbing issues can occur, leaving homes and businesses without vital plumbing systems for hours, if not days. You don’t have to wait until the next business day for repairs to vital systems like drains, hot water, gas, and pipelines.

Signs you need to call an Emergency Plumber:

There are a number of times when an emergency plumber could be needed immediately to rectify or fix a plumbing issue. These may include:

  • Water leaks – you may notice water leaks under taps or in/around your toilet or shower. 
  • Low water pressure – If the water pressure if noticeably less than normal. 
  • Flooding – Water pouring into your living areas from a tap or pipe. 
  • Loss of hot water – Water in your home no longer heating. 
  • Loss of water – Water not turning on at all. 
  • Blocked drains – Toilet or sinks not draining. 
  • Burst pipes – An explosion and immense water leakage somewhere in or around your home. 

How to turn off your water mains?

In Australia, a council cover plate usually covers the main shutoff valve, which is often located at the front of the property. All you need to do to stop the water supply to your home is flip the shut-off valve clockwise after you’ve located it slowly with equal force. It is important to know where the water supply is so that you can quickly shut off the water to your home should you need to. 

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