Find yourself in need of a drain rod set? There is little more unpleasant than that blocked drain smell, and it often happens at the most inconvenient times, too. You can’t always prevent it, but there are a few things you can do to minimise the pressure on your drainpipes.
Here, we look at the most common blockages you’ll find with your drain cleaning rods and how to avoid them.
Top of the list for drains that run from the kitchen is, of course, foodstuffs. If you’re careless about scraping wasted food into the bin before you do the washing up or routinely wash fats and oils down the drain, you will find they can build up within the pipes and lead to clogs.
In the bathroom, be careful of hair washing down plugholes. Plughole hair traps can assist in removing the worst of it. But combined with soap scum from toiletries, even the smallest amounts will build up over time and can cause stinking drains and nasty odours.
Toilets and what we put down them are another culprit. Some of the thicker toilet papers simply refuse to flush away, especially if large quantities are used between flushes. Teach your children to use only what’s required, and also gently remind them that this isn’t the place to discard other items!
Remember there’s a reason why public loos have sanitary waste bins: female hygiene products, nappies and baby wipes can cause the build-up of a blockage. Safer to provide a small bathroom bin, frequently emptied, for disposal of this matter!
Finally, outdoors: always keep your grids and drain outlets clear of weeds and if you don’t want to have to buy drain rods. This plant matter can quickly accumulate cause an obstruction, especially in the autumn months.
A drain rod set is great for clearing problems once they’ve occurred, but pay heed to the tips above and you may need to use them less frequently in future!
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