How many of us don’t pay any attention to our household drainage system until it doesn’t work? In fact, most householders have only a vague idea of how their plumbing is configured, which is understandable given that most of it is underground. All we know is that it involves pipes that remove waste and if something is wrong, we need to call a plumber.

Why Can’t You Get a Plumber when You Need One?

As anyone who has needed a plumber urgently will tell you, they are in short supply and it may be hours before help is available. In the meantime, a blocked drain usually backs up into the kitchen sink, the shower recess or even worse, the toilet, depending on the location of the blockage. This back-up water contains food particles, soap scum, human hair and other waste material. It looks and smells disgusting.

You probably have a clean and shiny shower recess like the ones we supply and install. At Budget Shower Screens, we have a comprehensive range of styles to suit all households. When we finish an installation, the new shower area looks pristine and spotless, so you don’t want blocked pipes filling it up with foul smelling waste water.

Maintenance Tip No. 1 – Stop Putting Rubbish Down the Drain!

You don’t need to know much about your drainage system to clear simple blockages. The maintenance part is easy because many blockages are caused by carelessly pouring rubbish down the sink. The main culprits are food waste, tea leaves, coffee grounds and hot fat. Hot fat is a common problem because it sets in the pipe when it cools. Stop putting these things down your drains and the system will function effectively.

Maintenance Tip No. 2 – Don’t Flush Rubbish Down the Toilet!

Toilets also get blocked when we flush the wrong things. Nothing else apart from human waste and toilet paper should not be flushed, including flushable wipes, which despite their name, cause blockages. Other causes out of the householder’s control are tree roots and sometimes soil, which can seep in through cracked piping.

Try These Hints to Clear a Blockage

Try these couple of suggestions before calling a plumber. In the case of a sink, shower recess or laundry tub, find the small inspection opening that is usually close to the fixture or on a bend. Remove the screw plug, place a plunger over the opening and push it up and down quickly to create suction. In many cases, this will move the blockage.

If this does not work, put a hose into the pipe and turn it on high. This often breaks up simple blockages and flushes them through the system. If these methods fail, you will need to call a plumber.