How To Prevent Blocked Drains

Strategies for Preventing Blocked Drains

Blocked drain image by Liz Boynton.
Whether in the street or at home, a blocked drain can be an annoyance. Image by Liz Boynton (via Shutterstock).

The easiest and simplest way to prevent blocked drains is by taking care of what you deposit in the drain channels. Stuff like grease, hair, coffee grounds and soap scum are detrimental to the drains and should be avoided. First, cooking grease and coffee ground deposits should be discarded in the garbage trash and not washed down the sink. Secondly, use a sieve or drain screen to cover the mouth of the drain so as to avoid hair, soap scum, and other materials from getting in. You can visit your local expert and seek professional help in regard to the best sieve for your drain. Nevertheless, it’s important to know other crucial routine tips that will prevent your drain from blocking.

  1. Hot Water Treatment

It’s important that you run hot water down the sink channel after use. Hot water melts oil and other materials preventing them from clogging. This is a precaution measure in drain unblocking as it ensures that your channels are free from obstruction. Clogs usually slow down the movement of the waste down the drain, and at times can resist material movement.

  1. Baking Soda Treatment

Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent. Once in a while, it is important to clean your drain channels. Baking soda is able to absorb the odour as it also leaves the channel obstruction free. However, for effective performance, you need to run down hot water after you apply the baking soda. If you do so, you will have a drain that is not only clog-free but also one that smells nice.

  1. Vinegar Treatment

There is so much that vinegar does. Often, you need to pour a cup of vinegar solution to the channels as you let the solution sit for half an hour. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is effective in drain unblocking. After 30 min of vinegar treatment, it’s advisable to chase the chemical down the septic with hot water. This will enhance the best unblocking results. The advantage of vinegar cleaning is the effectiveness of the chemical to enhance a clog free and good smelling channel.

  1. Consult a Professional

Plumbers are there for a reason, and you should allow the experts to do your piping works. At times, blocked drains result from reasons that are installation related. In such case, you have to seek expert advice in relation to new installations and repairs. Overall expert advice is important for the following reasons:


  • To prevent blocking of the pipes
  • Saves on cost of repair and replacement
  • To check on the performance of the water and sewer channels
  • Provides important information on how to prevent future blocking and expense

Overall, it is important to have basic tips on preventing clogging of the drain channels. This is vital in ensuring that your toilet or sink is free from obstruction. An obstruction free drain channel facilitates easy working. The practice also ensures that you save money that you would have otherwise used in the replacements and repairs. If the right tips are followed, you can easily prevent blocked drains. Contact us at Speedy Jet Drainage with any enquiries or for any further information.