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Test the health of your drains

It’s easy to take things for granted especially things that we don’t fully see like our drainage systems! But if something goes wrong with your drains, it can cause a major impact – so what can we do to avoid issues and how can we test the health of our drains to make sure they’re doing well?

Bin, Don’t Pour!

Fats, grease, and cooking oil might be liquid when you want to dispose of them, but when they cool, they start to solidify. Pouring these down your drains is never a good idea as once cooled they can cause blockages and build up. The same can be said for food waste. Don’t poke food waste though the plughole gaps to get rid of it, get yourself a sink strainer so catch all the food debris and then dispose of in the bin or compost.

Don’t Let Hair Escape Down The Plughole

Hair can be a major culprit of blocked drains, so try and limit the chance of this happening by installing a mesh drain guard or a hair catcher. Both will collect hair so you can bin it instead of it being washed down your pipes.

Be Careful What You Flush

We all know the things that we CAN flush, but wet-wipes, dental floss, cotton balls and feminine hygiene products we should NOT. These should all go in the bin. These items can easily create build-ups, so dispose of them in the dustbin instead.

Test The Health Of Your Drains

Pour boiling water down the plughole. If it doesn’t drain as fast as you think it should, you might have a blockage. Use a shop bought unblocker or use a DIY recipe to flush out the issue.

TOP TIP – Pouring boiling water down your plugholes once a week will deter build ups from happening.