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How to Avoid the Common Causes of Blocked Drains and Toilets

October 11, 2022

Among the biggest and worst headaches for most homeowners are blocked drains and toilets. Knowing about the common causes of such problems may help you avoid encountering them. That would mean less inconvenience and savings because you do not have to call a plumber. 

There are common reasons why you get blocked toilets and blocked drains in Fitzroy. Some of them are:

Soap Scum and Hair

When you bathe or shower, your body naturally sheds hair and dead skin cells, which get carried by the water into the drain. Soap scum gets mixed with it, and they start building up at pipe bends, gullies, and junctions of the drainage system. As they build up, they also slowly solidify; restricting the water flow, and finally, it gets blocked. Using an internal hair catcher or an external mesh to catch hair will help prevent blocked drains in Melbourne. Cleaning the drain regularly with sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, and hot water effectively deals with scum issues.

Using Too Much Toilet Paper 

Toilet paper can cause a blocked toilet in Richmond because water gets absorbed by the toilet paper, forming clumps. The easiest and simplest method of dealing with the problem is to avoid flushing toilet paper. It would help to have a small trash bag-lined dustbin near the toilet to discard the used toilet paper in the dustbin and replace the trash bag regularly.

Grease and Bits of Food 

Blocked drains in Fitzroy can also be due to grease and bits of food poured down the kitchen sink. It usually happens when greasy or oily pots, pans, and dishes are washed in the kitchen sink. The practice may not appear harmful at first, but the build-up of grease, fat, and bits of food can cause blockages – plus a horrible smell. 

A drainer plug, mesh, or garbage disposal will help deal with food scraps. For the oil and grease, do not pour them directly down the drain. Dissolving or breaking them by using detergent before discarding them will help prevent blockages. Hot water also helps to deal with oil and grease. 

There are many other ways to avoid having to experience problems like blocked toilets and blocked drains. It is important to remember that if the problems persist, call a professional plumber.

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