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Preventing a Blocked Drain

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Blocked drains can be a pain. We tend not to worry about our pipes until there’s a problem, but by then, you could be out a fortune on repairs. Thankfully, there are some minor adjustments you can make to prevent unnecessary build-ups in your plumbing. While a lot of these are common sense, you’d be surprised how often we see these culprits contribute to blocked drains!

Food, Grease and Gunk

We’ve all done it. In a moment of weakness, you’ve dumped the leftover oil from your pan or dinner scraps down the sink. You know it’s bad, but it goes down easy enough. Then, you continue with your evening, blissfully unaware of the accumulating stench wafting through your pipes. It may seem harmless enough, but these substances build up overtime and cause horrific odours and blocked drains.

drain clogged with grease and food

Hair and Shower Debris

Unsurprisingly, you lose a lot of hair in the shower. Your strands create tangled wads that clog up your drains, which is also true of any pets you wash. To prevent blocked drains, consider investing in a mesh net that will stop excess hair stockpiling in your drains. No one wants to pull soggy hair out of the shower.

Bleach and Blocked Drains

Your cleaning rituals may be causing more harm than good, especially if you’re using bleach. Believe it or not, bleach is NOT designed to clean drains. It can cause severe damage if used regularly, which may lead to more costly repairs. Instead, opt for an environmentally friendly bleach or a drain declogger.  
drain being unblocked with tool

Annual Servicing with Drain & Tank

For peace of mind, we offer drain cleaning and jetting services at great prices. Our equipment is state of the art and operated by trained professionals. A drain that’s annually cleaned is less likely to accrue unsightly blockages, which will save you in the long run.

Frequently Asked Questions - Blocked Drains

It’s always worth checking your insurance policy first. If you’re a homeowner or landlord, drain maintenance is your responsibility. Drainage cover is often a separate policy you need to take out to safeguard against blockages.
It may seem tempting to ignore a minor blockage, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Long-term blockages can have catastrophic consequences, such as leaks, structural damage and ruptured pipes. Basically, it’s more expensive to fix in the long run.
We offer affordable, competitive prices and a free, no-obligation quote. However, as we’ve already discussed, the longer you leave a blockage, the more damage that will need repaired. The sooner, the better. Your wallet will thank us.

Professional Drain Unblocking Services

Drain blockages still happen, despite our valiant efforts. That’s why we’re here to help. For any queries or concerns, call us on 01752 936321 for Devon and 01872 492021 for Cornwall. Our expert team will offer premium advice on maintaining your pipes and resolve any blockages 24/7. Get in touch today for more information.

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