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Please do not dispose of fat or grease, waste oil, paint residue and cement washings etc into your drains. These and similar materials should be disposed of at your local amenity site.

 

Do not plant trees or shrubs close to your drains as roots will enter the drains at pipe joints and will eventually cause major damage.

 

Don't put fat or oil into your drainage system. Use kitchen paper towels to mop-up fats and oils from your cooking utensils and use the bin. Then use plenty of detergent and hot water on your utensils.

 

NEVER put nappies, incontinence pads or sanitary towels down the loo.

 

NEVER allow rubble, children's toys or other objects to fall into an inspection chamber.

 

NEVER hide an inspection chamber.

 

DO Check that your inspection covers are accessible and in good condition.

Number 1: How to avoid blocked drains

Number 2's: How do I know if it is my drain that is blocked?

If your drain is blocked you will usually know because your waste will stop going away when you flush the toilet, or gullies outside will overflow.  There will also probably be a smell.

 

Private drains/sewers are the responsibility of the owner-occupier and any other properties connected to it.

Drains may block because they are in poor physical condition and normal contents are not being cleared.

 

They may be in satisfactory condition but have been abused by flushing away disposable nappies or other items such as plastic bags that should never be placed into the sewerage system.

 

Excessive disposal of cooking fats and oils, along with other domestic products and DIY materials such as plaster, can cause blockage of the pipework.

 

Tree roots entering a broken drain can also be a problem.

Simple recipe for clearing blocked drains without harsh chemicals or expensive products:

 

1. Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain.

 

2. Pour vinegar over top of the baking soda to create a foaming action.

 

3. Allow the foam to settle, and repeat until all of the baking soda is gone.

 

4. Enjoy a fresher smelling drain, and more money in your pocket.

 

Tips:

 

1. For maximum effect, allow the drain to sit unused for a while after cleaning.

 

2. Run hot water down the drain the first time you use it. This should help to remove any dirt or debris left behind .

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