Many people do not think about their drainage systems because it is not something that they see everyday and since modern plumbing generally works efficiently, many people take them for granted. It is normally only when a drain becomes blocked that home owners and building managers stop and take notice and by this time the damage has already been done.
Whether you are a property owner or a tenant you need to know what causes drains and pipes to become blocked, what to do to make sure that you prevent blockages and who to call when the system breaks down.
Obviously prevention is better than cure. A lot of money can be saved just by taking care of your drains and since the majority of drain problems are caused by a build up of commercial or residential waste, this is the first place to start. Many people don't think twice about rubbish down the toilet or pouring left over food down the kitchen sink. A simple change of habit can do wonders and if this is not going to be easy for you then at least consider putting strainers into your plug holes to catch all the unwanted solids. Flushing your drains out with hot water once a week will also go a long way to keeping your drains healthy.
Even if you take the best of care, all drains both commercial and residential will at some time experiance blockages. Build ups of grease, vegetation and silt invariably reduce the drains efficiency and over time this build up will cause a blockage.
A blocked drain causes the water which is flowing down the pipe to backup to where it came from which could be a toilet, washbasin, roof guttering, bath, washing machine, dish washer or showers. Not only will the water damage your property in terms of its structure but electrical wiring, electrical appliances and be damaged irreparably.
Blocked drains can be a serious health and safety problem. Not only is most of the water that we throw away dirty to start with, by the time it has sat backed up in a blocked drain, infested with harmful bacteria (especially in a toilet) and all it's miniature contents have been rotting for a while, it is a lot dirtier than when we originally threw it away.
The risk of infection caused by dirty water is very high once water is back-flowing into your home or property and a professional drain cleaning company should be called in to assist. Even if you are familiar in unblocking techniques it is always best to call in an expert to make sure that your drains meet the health and safety inspectors standards.
No matter where the location of your blocked drains in London Fastflow drains will ensure that they are maintained in a tip top shape.
For standard blocked drains there are basically two methods of cleaning: