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How often should drains be cleaned

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  • 16-03-2022
How often should drains be cleaned

Have you considered how often should drains be cleaned? Many homeowners aren't aware how often they should clean their drains. This article discusses the methods of determining when your drains need cleaning and explains why drain cleaning is required.

How Often Should Drains Be Cleaned?

The Dutch philosopher Erasmus once said, 'prevention is better than the cure'. The same goes for preventing any issues with your drainage systems. You could save money by sorting out any issues straight away instead of waiting until something needs repair. 

Drainage systems serve a critical function in carrying your home's wastewater to the main sewage line. It is important to keep your drains cleaned regularly so that their contents flow smoothly. 

Preventative drainage maintenance keeps your system from getting blocked and clogged. Depending on what your drains are being used for dictates how regularly they should be cleaned. 

We recommend cleaning your drains once a month if you live within a property with multiple tenants. If you are alone or with one other tenant within a property, then you should clean your drains every six months.

Does My Drain Need Cleaning?

If you find foul odours, gurgling sounds, or slow draining in any kitchen or bathroom sink, your drain may be blocked and require clearing. 

As soon as you spot one of these problems, it is paramount that you act sooner rather than later to reduce the impact repair costs have on your bank account.

how often should drains be cleaned

Why is Regular Drain Cleaning Required?

Regular drain cleaning should be seen as a requirement because blocked drains can lead to leaking roofs, walls, ceilings and damage to electricals and wires.

Regularly cleaning your drains keeps them in good working order. If your drainage system is kept free-flowing and healthy, then there are no potential bursts or cracked pipes from excess pressure. 

If a pipe does not drain as quickly or fully as constructed to, then you could receive some hefty-priced repairs.

When you regularly clean your drains, you also keep your domestic or commercial premises odour-free. Food build-ups and putting substances that shouldn't be poured down the drain will cause them to block and smell. See the Causes Of Blocked Drains section below for a list of products you must never put down anyone's drain.

To maintain a healthy and safe work or living space, clean your drains regularly and keep sewer water where it should be. Prevent blocked drains as they can back up and leak sewage into your property.

A cracked drainpipe or leak can structurally damage your building and cause subsidence. Regularly cleaning can minimise any property sabotage and ensure that your drainage system empties and empties correctly. 

If problems with your plumbing require repairs, then something has structurally broken. The cost of these repairs will reflect the damage caused by not maintaining your drainpipes enough.

Causes Of Blocked Drains

Blocked drains can be caused by cooking residue, fat, garden waste, leaves, and wet wipes. You must never put any solids other than toilet roll in a drain. Additionally, never flush or put the following products down any drains: cigarettes, cotton wool, floss, hard soap, medication, nappies, oils, paper towels, plasters, plastics, sanitary products, small toys, or wipes.

Causes Of Blocked Drains

Recycle these products where possible and throw the rest of them into a general or sanitary bin. The most common causes of clogged drains are hair, toilet paper build-up, food waste, tree roots, soap, mineral build-up, debris, and small objects.

Placing a moveable drain guard on top of your fixed drain cover can collect hair and dirt in smaller holes to easily pick up, bin, and put back. Any excess dirt can be taken off before washing it off yourself in the kitchen or bathroom.

Water softeners can dissolve any hard water particles in drains.

Why You Should Call In The Professionals

It is professional and fast to enlist the help of an authentic drain cleaning company for problems with your drainage. A drainage engineer will have the right expertise and prepared tools to clear stubborn blockages. However, you can prevent many blockages by regularly cleaning your drains and avoiding throwing anything inappropriate down them. 

Any further work you want to do is best left to the professionals as these issues be unpleasant, and you must not risk doing more damage. Workmen are experienced and can use their training and knowledge to quickly and, most importantly, safely get the job done. 

Regularly cleaning your drains prevents blockages, but they must be kept in great condition between cleaning as well. Make sure to ask any professional drain cleaners for their advice on how you can best take care of your drains. You will prevent any emergency work from being done with this advice.

Invaluable Advice

Not all drain blockages require a professional company to sort them for you. However, if there are any leaks or odours or structural issues, do not hesitate to contact a professional company for emergency help. The following home remedies prove useful for the odd blocked bathtub or toilet and save you money.

Boiling water softens any solidified oils and fats by dissolving them for clear drains once again. You could even combine boiling water with off-the-shelf drain cleaners to use a little more unblocking power for that stubborn blockage.

If boiling water does not do the trick, then baking soda and vinegar could. When baking soda and vinegar are combined, they produce carbon dioxide gas, creating pressure in a pipe. 

This pressure may be needed to get the contents flowing through your drain again.

For smaller blockages, an old-fashioned plunger does the trick. Your drains can flow smoothly once again after a bit of push-and-pull action.

If the blockage feels heavy when you try to pull content out, a plunger may not give you adequate tugging power. 

A drain rod or pipe cleaner would be a better tool to use in this case. Inserting the rod or pipe cleaner into the drain, twisting it around a bit, and lifting it multiple times can empty your drain of any solid substances like hair or plastics that have found their way down.

Many products prevent hair and debris from getting past your bathtub or kitchen drain covers, including drain guards, pop stoppers, and screen meshes. 

 If any of these home remedies do not work, or the drain blockage re-occurs, let us reinstate that you should contact an expert drain cleaning and/or clearing company to sort it out with minimal mess and hassle.

Investing In Regular Maintenance

Having a regular maintenance plan can help you avoid having to return to a drainage company every few months. If you have planned maintenance, then you do not risk falling behind on having your drains cleaned and if any problems arise.

If you get a maintenance plan with a decent plumbing company, you can have a personalised plan that suits your budget and the requirements of your property.


For drain maintenance and unblocking services throughout Edgware and North London, please call us on 020 8363 0448 or use our contact form to forward your enquiry.