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It's Time to Spring Clean Your Drains!

Now we are in Spring with the warmer weather and the flowers coming out, it is time to consider Spring cleaning your drains!

Spring has sprung...
Spring Clean Your Drains

Spring is here and it's the ideal time to spruce up the drains around your house.

Drains are found in areas that we like to keep clean, such as the kitchen where we prepare meals, and the bathroom where we keep ourselves and our family clean.

So it makes sense that they should be one of the most important areas to keep on top of when it comes to cleaning, but it isn't always the case.

As such, many of us might be surprised to discover that our drains have become slightly blocked up from the Winter with dirt and grime building up, and so now is the perfect time to act before you start to see bigger problems.

Here are some helpful and simple ways you can carry out a quick Spring clean of your own drains.

Baking soda and vinegar

These are common ingredients often found in kitchen cupboards throughout the country.

First, mix ⅓ cup of baking soda and ⅓ of a cup of vinegar into a container.

Next up, as soon as you start to see the liquid fizzing, pour this down your drain. This will effectively remove any build up of grime in your pipes.

Finally, leave the mixture in your drains for up to one hour, or in worse cases of more stubborn build up, leave overnight and then run hot water through for the best results.

Hot water

Probably one of the simplest and most effective way to clean your drains is to boil the kettle and pour hot water down them.

Pour the water slowly down the drain, repeating two or three times with a few minutes pause between each time.

This will help to soften any residue in your pipes and give the water time to break down any blockages.

The plunger method

The trusty plunger is a straightforward way to try and move a blockage from inside your drain.

Plungers are very cheap to get hold of at your local hardware store.

Here is one of the most effective methods for using a regular plunger:

  1. Half fill your sink with warm water
  2. Completely cover the drain with your plunger, making sure any sink strainers are removed
  3. Press and pull the plunger quickly for about 30 seconds
  4. If the water is only draining slowly, add some more water and try plunging again
  5. Once the water starts to drain rapidly you have managed to remove the blockage!
Regular maintenance

There are many ways you can keep on top of your drains to make sure clogs and residue don't turn into more serious problems.

As with most things, prevention is cheaper than the cure, and these top tips are great ways to stay on top of your pipes:

  • Use a strainer in your bathroom to catch hair and small objects when showering. This will stop anything going down the drain that will cause problems.
  • When you have finished using the drain, particularly the kitchen sink, run hot water through it to prevent any dirt or grime attaching to the pipes causing a build up.
  • To clean a drain simply throw a handful of baking soda down it at the end of the day, followed by hot water. This natural cleaner will stop any foul smelling odors and works as an effective natural cleaner.
Need expert help?

If you have tried all of the above and you are not having much success with cleaning your drains, it may be time to call the experts. TWC Drain Care are available 24/7 whenever disaster strikes, and we have experienced drain engineers on the road who are on hand to fix your drain problems in quick time.

Prevention is almost always cheaper than the cure, so why not consider having a drain inspection survey carried out using the latest CCTV camera technology to help you check the condition of your drains? This can be a particularly good idea when investing in a new property or moving house. Our homebuyer drain surveys make the perfect solution to avoid unpleasant drain problems later down the line.

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