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Love your drains & tips on how to make them love you back

Showing your drains some love now might mean you won’t have to deal with a big fall out with them later. So, here are some top tips how to keep your drains unclogged, and the tools for the job.

The Plunger

If you don’t have one, you should. A plunger is a must for your home and it’s worth giving one a go if your water is draining slowly. It can help shift food particles from your sink and anything lodged in the curved section of your pipe. To use one, just half fill your sink with warm water and start plunging and it could dislodge the blockage and push the warm water down to flush it out.

A Drain Snake

If you suffer with lots of hair clogging up your bathroom drains, a drain snake is a fantastic tool. Simple to use, these thin and flexible tools can reach quite far down your pipes and latch on to clumps of hair to pull them out. Disgusting but very satisfying!

Hot Water and Washing Up Liquid

Washing up liquid is designed to cut through grease when cleaning your dishes so, it can be an effective way to help remove grease build up in your narrow pipes. Boiling water will help melt the fat too, so mixing in some liquid detergent will give you even more fat dissolving power. Make sure you pour the boiling water slowly to avoid any splashes.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

White vinegar is a great cleaning product for the home and can be used in a variety of ways. To help unblock your sink and get rid of smells, mix it with Baking Soda to form a powerful foam which can help blast away soap scum and other build up. Place a cup of Baking Soda followed by a cup of White Vinegar down your plughole, cover and wait for 10 minutes, then pour plenty of hot water down to flush it out.

All of the above can be repeated if needed, and it’s a good idea to use any of them on a regular basis. Contact is 0800 849 8099 or email us at service@happydrains.co.uk if you think your drains still need some love and attention from a professional – we can help find the problem and solution to a happy drain.