Top tips for avoiding bathroom blockages

At the end of a hard day our bathrooms are a place where we seek to feel clean, calm and relaxed – so it really is the last place we would like to discover a blockage that leads to backlogged pipes and smelly flooding!

Here we offer some top tips for keeping the pipes that service your bathroom and toilet facilities clear of blockages, helping to prevent the risk of flooding.

Invest in a sink sieve

It’s not the most pleasant thing to think about, but the pipes in our bathrooms are required to transport debris such as dead skin on a daily basis, which causes smelly blockages over time. To avoid this it’s a great idea to have a plughole strainer in your bathroom sink, shower and tub that can collect any residual bits and pieces that can cause a troublesome buildup.

Be careful what you flush

We are often called to domestic and commercial properties where a toilet has been blocked by items that simply shouldn’t have been flushed! Drainage pipes are wide enough to pass water and human waste, but can quickly become blocked by more durable items such as wet wipes, nappies, tampons, face wipes and cotton wool.

Beware of the hair

The build-up of hair is a major issue in bathroom pipe systems and can cause issues to emerge very quickly. Blockages caused by the collection of matted hair can be particularly tough to remove and even require professional removal, so make sure to discard hair in a waste bin whenever possible, rather than flushing down the toilet or washing down the sink.

Do a little DIY

Applying bleach and drain unblocker on a regular basis can help to break down potential pipe blockages that can lead to overflow and flooding. Quality products are available from most hardware stores and supermarkets and can be highly effective when instructions are properly followed and the existing blockage is not too severe.

If you have a property that is experiencing issues with blocked piping in the bathroom or toilet, please call our expert team on 01252 838888.