Blocked Drains

What’s blocking your drains?

We outline below the 3 most common causes blocking the drains throughout your home and some simple techniques to prevent it.

1. Coffee Grounds
If your household is anything like ours, no morning start’s without at least 2 rounds of coffee! Back in the day, people thought coffee grounds were good for their pipes. “It clears them,” So not true…. Nothing causes more blockages than coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are as good as cement in pipes and overtime will cause an impenetrable nightmare.

Prevention – Spread them throughout your garden. Coffee grounds make excellent fertilizer and help to repel insects like ants and slugs.

2. Hair
Looking forward to that long hot shower after a hard day, but you get in to realise you are standing in 3 inches of gross clog-water, Long, locks are the main culprits here, but even short hair can contribute to a blocked drain.
Left to its own devices, loose hair can quickly turn into a massive glob that’s tangled with soap scum, water deposits and whatever else happened to find its way into your drain. Not pretty at all, remember it’s not just your shower but your bathroom basins also.

Prevention – Fit all of your basins, bath and shower drains with strainers to catch the hair (and other particles). Just make sure you clean the strainer regularly!

3. Grease
Finished eating that delicious Bacon and Egg feed, your cleaning up and the quickest way to get it all done is to tip all that grease and oil down the drain. Think again….It might be the quickest solution that morning, with a big hang-over but long term that grease is clogging your drain. When you pour hot grease down your drain, it transforms into a lovely hard substance that sticks to the inside your pipes. Then food sticks to the grease, and grease sticks to the food, and grease sticks to the grease…and eventually you have yourself a big greasy mess.

Prevention – Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container, put in the fridge or freezer. When full dispose of it in the trash.

If you do end up with a blocked drain, give us a call at Mint Plumbing Services (07) 32976517.

We have a range of services we can provide to assist you, including plunging blockage, use of electric eel to unblock, use of jet-rodder to clear blockage with high pressure water & use of CCTV camera to view any further blockages in line.