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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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Blocked Drain Pipes: Tips for Preventing Them

by Melvin Owens

Consistently having to call a plumber to come and unblock your clogged drains can be quite inconvenient, not to mention expensive in the long run. Nevertheless, some homeowners do not realise that their own neglect is what leads to these blockages cropping up on a regular basis. As much as our drainage system is out of sight, this does not mean it should be out of mind too. It is prudent to enlist the services of professional plumbers on a scheduled basis to maintain your plumbing system. Not only does this keep your plumbing in good working order, but it also prevents the accumulation of debris that leads to the blockages. In addition to scheduled maintenance, there are some tips that would enable you to reduce the occurrence of these clogs. Below are some of the tips that you could employ to reduce the occurrence of blocked drained pipes.

Tip 1: Flush your sink on a regular basis

Once you are done with doing the dishes, it is usually standard practice to clean off the sink to eliminate any food particles that were washed off the plates. However, some homeowners will leave the cleaning at that, and this could be detrimental to your drainage. Over time, food particles as well as grease begin to accumulate in the drain. Left unchecked, particles will eventually begin to block your drainage system.

To prevent this, ensure that you flush the sink on a regular basis. This would entail pouring hot water down the kitchen sink to melt off any grease that has made its way done the drain. You can also pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain to clean the drain, followed by hot water to rinse the mixture off.

Tip 2: Clean the bathroom stoppers

Another thing typically overlooked is the bathroom drainage. However, consistent use of the tub or shower leads to a build-up of biofilm within the drainage system. Biofilm comprises a mixture of hair, oil, soap residue and dirt, which when left unchecked, can cause serious blockages. Moreover, the biofilm can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms, and this can lead to unsanitary conditions in your bathroom drainage.

It is prudent to take the time to clean out the bathroom stoppers on a regular basis to eliminate this build-up. It would also be a good idea to invest in strainers that will catch hair and other debris, preventing them from making their way down your bathroom drains.