Avoid blocked drain issues with a full house

June 7, 2016

How to avoid blocked drains with a full house


Living on the Gold Coast, we are always on our friend’s top places to visit during their holidays. Of course, we welcome them and enjoy the opportunity to showcase our amazing city with its stunning coastline, delicious dining options, exciting theme parks and extensive shopping outlets.

But with an influx of visitors, it’s a never ending rotation of toilet flushes, showers, wash ups in the kitchen and clothes washing which can put a serious strain on the home’s plumbing system. This can lead to an emergency call to your blocked drain expert. What can you do to ensure your house is up for the challenge.

Top Tips on how to avoid blocked drains issues with a full house:

In the kitchen

  • Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidify in the pipes and create clogs.
  • Wipe congealed grease from pots.
  • Never put hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste into the garbage disposer (poultry skins, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels). The disposer can’t sufficiently grind these items and they will clog your sink drain.
  • Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush waste down the main line.
  • Turn on the disposer before adding food debris.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve water temperature and pressure for your guests.

In the Bathroom

  • Plan ahead, spread out showers throughout the day; wait 10 minutes between showers rather than taking one right after another.
  • Turn up the water heater slightly to retain hot water but not too high – you don’t want to scald anyone!
  • If shower pressure is weak, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the showerhead, and soak. Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.
  • Make sure you have a rubbish bin in the bathroom so the toilet isn’t used for any garbage. Remember to never flush wipes, cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair, facial scrub pads, diapers, sanitary products or similar items down the toilet. These items will not easily dissolve and are responsible for most clogs.

Got questions? Call Blocked Drain King on 5593 5788 or email us today!