Express Plumbing on 23 February 2017

Drain Maintenance: Stop Blocked Drains

There's nothing worse than a blocked drain.

From unpleasant smells, to gurgling noises, to the toilet water rising just that bit higher than it should, blocked drains are enough to fill us with dread.

Rather than waiting until your bathroom floors are covered in sewage, implement these clever drain maintenance techniques to avoid blocked, cracked and split drains.


Use a Drain Strainer



Unsurprisingly, the most common cause of drain blockages is food residue  To stop food from blocking your drains, scrape excess food off plates prior to washing.

Place a drain strainer over your plug to stop any pesky residue from entering the drain. This is drain maintenance at its most simple! 


Try Hot Water Flushing



Hot water flushing is a fantastic drain maintenance technique to wash away residue stuck to the inside of drains.

Once a week, pour a large amount of boiling water down each of your drains. As well as preventing drain blockage, this drain maintenance technique will also get rid of unpleasant drain odors. 

Invest in a Sink Plunger


Some say 'a stitch in time saves nine' and when it comes to drain maintenance, a sink plunger may be all it takes to nip that blockage in the bud before it turns into a severe problem.

Clean Shower Grids Weekly


Even the least hairy human being sheds enough to cause drain blockage! Keep your shower drain in good form by washing the drain gate cover weekly. 

Clean Faucet Aerators and Shower Heads


Once a month, take the time to clean all the faucet aerators and shower heads around your home. If your aerator is clogged, it can't effectively filter your pipes.

Be Aware of Plumbing Laws


Drain maintenance is recommended in all households, however the Victorian Government has strict laws against DIY plumbing work that is done without the valid certification.

Without a valid compliance certificate, it is illegal to do any underground plumbing work, tamper with any gas-using appliance or consumer gas piping, or tamper with cooling towers. 


Luckily, we have the certifications and experience to get the job done professionally. Our drain maintenance services may be just what you need to get back on track.

Baking Soda & Vinegar


The best drain maintenance solution may already be sitting in your pantry! To keep your drains blockage-free, pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by an equal amount of vinegar.

The following morning, flush your drains with hot water. It is recommended to do this around once a month to keep blockages and unpleasant smells at bay. 


Is your drain past the point of no return? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We offer a range of services to fix your blocked drains, including innovative CCTV drain cameras and high pressure jets.

If you're in or around Melbourne and need your drains fixed fast, call us today on 1300 968 328.