It’s not often that people have the network of drainpipes on their property at the forefront of their thinking. Giving your drain system, however, some regular attention can help prolong your system’s lifespan, prevent leaks and avoid significant repair costs from untreated issues. We’ve compiled some tips on how to care for the pipes in your home.
Clogs might be annoying for you, but they are more than just that for your drain system. Backed-up water will apply added pressure on your drainpipes, stressing your system and shortening its lifespan. Keeping an eye on what goes in your drains is one of the easiest ways to prevent future clogging.
You can do other things than just keeping an eye on things – if you install screens over drains in showers and tubs, this will help prevent hair going down your drain systems. Scraping food into the trash before doing dishes is worth it as well for avoiding food residue getting clogged in your drains. There are a few signs to look out for when keeping an eye on your drains. If you are noticing that there is a slow draining away, or a glugging sound when the water drains away, these are two key signs that the drains are starting to clog, and that your blocked drains need a professional to examine the issue.
As people search for green alternatives to chemical products for drain health, some DIYers have suggested pouring boiling water into clogged drains to clear clogs. While it’s likely to be ok to dump boiling water down your drains while your pipes are clear, it is not advisable at all to pour this down your drains to unclog them. That’s because a clog will trap the water in the pipe, and can cause other serious damage to your drain system. Using boiling water to clear a clogged toilet can be even more costly. It can melt the wax ring around the toilet, or even on occasion crack the porcelain bowl.
If you have begun noticing that your drain clogs frequently, this is generally a sign of a bigger problem. Simply watching what goes down your drains won’t fix these big problems. When you notice that your drains are clogging frequently it’s important to promptly be in touch with a drain specialist to identify what the cause is. If you start to experience issues with your drains, it’s best to call a drain specialist who can perform a CCTV inspection of your drains to clearly and promptly identify the cause and fix your drain system.
To avoid major drain repairs, organise for your drainpipes to be cleaned regularly and their structure inspected. By regularly maintaining and clearing your drainpipes, this will prolong their lifespan and save you money in the long run. Drain Ninjas can inspect your pipes by using CCTV technology to discover the cause and location for the problem, and fix any issues promptly.
If you are dealing with constant drain clogging, you can also call Drain Ninjas to get you sorted. We are available 24/7 in the Auckland region. Contact us to discuss your needs, or if you have an urgent drainage issue, and one of our Ninja’s will be able to assist you.