Blocked drains may be a common problem, but that doesn’t mean they’re not to be taken seriously. At best, a blocked drain can result in an unpleasant smell and inconvenient, slow-draining sinks. But at worst, you could be faced with non-functioning toilets — or, if you’re a business, bad hygiene ratings and potential closure.

It’s therefore essential to arrange regular drain unblocking to keep everything hygienic, clean and running smoothly. But what can you do in the meantime to prevent blocked drains? Here are our top tips and habits which help to stop your drains from getting blocked.

Use sink strainers

A genius invention for domestic and commercial sinks, strainers catch things like hair and pieces of food so they can be thrown away instead of going down the drain. They’re ideal for preventing a blocked shower drain as well as a blocked kitchen sink.

Just remember to clear them out regularly and resist the temptation to simply rinse them off instead of knocking them into the bin!

Scrape plates

It’s easy to feel too busy to scrape unfinished food into a bin before washing plates, especially in a bustling restaurant or pub. But even small pieces quickly add up to big problems, so spare the time and effort to scrape dirty plates, pans and dishes before washing them in the sink.

Try drain unblocker solutions

If you find your sink, bath or shower starts to drain more slowly than usual, you can buy unblocking products from supermarkets that will help to temporarily resolve the issue until a professional emergency drain unblocker can get to you. While you can try some DIY methods, such as salt and hot water, these specialist products are designed to break down the blockage effectively. Pouring any other home remedies could worsen the problem.

Be responsible

The best way to avoid blocking drains is to be very careful about what you put down them. You probably know not to put oil or grease down kitchen sinks because of the massive blockages they can cause — often called ‘fatbergs’. However, you may not be aware that cooking oil can also do lots of damage to the environment. Oil uses up vast amounts of oxygen as it breaks down, polluting the water and causing harm to local wildlife and plants.

We recommend always disposing of cooking oil responsibly by using local professional services.

Protect toilets

Another fairly obvious one is to be careful about what goes down the toilet. It can be difficult to control in commercial spaces, but providing disposal bins for sanitary items and nappies will stop customers from being tempted.

Regularly inspecting toilets — and making this fact known using tick sheets displayed on the door — will encourage those who use them to be responsible and keep them in good condition.

Remember: consistency is key

Be consistent in sticking to these habits. Encouraging family members or staff to do so too will go a long way. It’s easy to think that putting something down the drain now and again won’t hurt, but it can be a dangerous attitude to have. Small blockages don’t wash away, as is a common misconception. They actually remain stuck to the pipe and gather any further things that come down the drain, quickly causing a blockage.

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