Maintaining the drains in your home should be part of your daily routine. Blocked drains are a common problem most homeowners face and they seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. However, there a few habits you can change so that you can prevent blocked drains and overflowing toilets.

At Nuflow Bay of Plenty, we see many common drainage issues, and while you may not be able to stop every drain clog, you can prevent a few. Read on for our five top tips to prevent blocked drains.

1. Do not put grease down the sink

One of the worst things you can pour down your sink drain is grease. Once the grease cools in the pipes it begins to congeal and form lumps. This restricts the passage of anything else needing to go down the drain and will often block it. There are two ways to deal with grease either; let it cool and then throw it away, or collect it in a jar and put it in the bin.

2. Sink strainers are your friends

In the kitchen and in the bathroom, most homes have a mesh guard over the sink or tub hole. These are there for a very important reason and they prevent food, small toys, hair and a whole host of other small things from going down the drain. Once a week, clean out the tops of the drains from hair and other debris, before it gets washed down the drain and causes a blockage.

3. Do not put coffee or food down the drain

Coffee grounds act like sand in your drains

Before you wash the dishes after a meal, or rinse them off before you load them into the dishwasher, scrape the plates clean into the bin. Food, most specifically rice, is a big contributor to blocked drains. Alternatively, collect your organic waste and coffee grounds in a container and add to your compost pile.

4. Don’t use the toilet as a bin

A toilet out of service at home can cause huge issues from the foul smell to the disruption of family life. Although it can be tempting to throw something small down a rather large hole, things can snag, expand and then cause major blockages. Even items that say they are ‘flushable’ can cause huge problems. Toilets should only hold human waste and toilet paper, not female hygiene items, baby wipes, dental floss, q-tips or paper towels.

5. Be mindful of where you plant new trees

Trees that are planted near drainage systems can clog drains and break them.  This is because the trees’ roots can grow into the pipes and this will cause them to split or break. Always plant your trees at least 25 meters away from your drainage system to avoid damage and clogged drains.

A hassle free way to unblock and repair drains

The best way to avoid the hassles of clogged drains is to perform regular maintenance on them. However, if it’s too late and you’re experiencing signs of a blockage, contact us now. At Nuflow Bay of Plenty, our drain unblocking, diagnosis and repair services will save you money, time and disruption. We employ the latest technology to clear, diagnose and reline your drains – completely dig free!