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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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The Dos And Don'ts: An Expert Plumber's Perspective On Blocked Drains.

Ethan Burton

Blocked drains can be a real nuisance and they also pose a serious health risk. The pungent smell from the drain is unpleasant and will make any space very uncomfortable, very fast.  The stagnant water in these pipes is also perfect breeding ground for disease-causing germs and bacteria.

Fortunately, with the following two pieces of advice from plumbing experts, a blocked drain can be the least of your worries.

Watch What Goes Down the Drain

It's always just so easy to flush it down the drain, but if you don't want to get your drains blocked, it's about time to start giving it some thought before you flush it down. 

Grease and other oil-based products are the number one culprit when it comes to clogged pipes.  Avoid letting grease, cooking oil, fats, butter and other such items into your drains, because they will just sit there and will cause clogging over time.

Don't be quick to flush down the toilet items such as wipes and makeup remover pads that come with the 'flushable' label. These items will block your drains because they don't disintegrate fast enough.

Call In Expert Help. Fast.

Pouring Drano and other chemicals down your drain may unblock the drain, but only temporarily.  Some of these chemicals are actually very harsh and may cause damage to your drain pipes.

You may also want to try other methods on your own such as using a plunger.  Another option you may consider more often than you probably should is calling in a handyman who may be lacking in the skills needed to get the job done right. Rest assured that in both cases, you may be doing more harm than good, and while it may seem like you are saving money, it will cost you a lot more in the long run.

Don't wait around to hear those gurgling sounds or see the black sludge come back up from your drains to call in a professional plumber. There are a number of things that may result in blocked drains, some more serious than others. Whatever the cause, an expert plumber is your best bet at finding a timely and long-lasting solution. The plumber will narrow down the cause of the blockage and put in place a working solution.

By watching what you allow down the drain, you can do a lot to prevent clogging. In the event that a clogged drain does become a problem for you, your only call is to bring in the professionals.


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