There are lots of things you can do to look after your drains.

how to look after your drains

12 April 2019 - Latest news

Every year we deal with hundreds of cases where drains have been damaged or blocked through misuse.

Your drains require care and maintenance just like every other part of your home.

So, it is important to make sure you are using them correctly.

There are lots of things you can do to prevent your drains from becoming blocked, particularly in your bathroom and your kitchen.

in your bathroom

Drains can easily become damaged or blocked by flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t be.

It’s important to know what you can and can’t flush – which is pretty much everything except toilet paper.

Here are some definite don’ts:
  • baby wipes and all other wipes
  • condoms
  • cosmetics
  • cotton buds
  • nappies
  • sanitary products

in your kitchen

Drains can easily get clogged up by pouring things down the kitchen sink that it can’t cope with.

Remember, your sink is not the same as your bin.

Here are some definite don’ts:
  • cooking fat
  • food
  • grease
  • medication
  • oil
  • rice
  • vegetable peelings
a few cleaning tips

Damage to your drains can be avoided by cleaning your plugs or drain hole traps regularly. If necessary, you can try running hot salty water through them.

Avoid using acid-based products to clean your drains as they can cause corrosion.

If none of these tips work and your drains are still blocked, call us on 0300 1311 999 or report a repair, here.

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