How confident are you when it comes to knowing what you pour down the drain and what you shouldn’t? I personally thought I was pretty confident until I found out you can’t pour cooking oil down the sink.
UKDN water recently conducted a survey and found that over 50% of us millennials pour oils down the drain. It is such an alarming number considering the size of the fatberg that was recently found in WhiteChapel. If you’re curious about it, definitely go check in out at the Museum of London where it is currently on display. It is equally fascinating as it is gross that this comes from our drainage system.
We often say, there is no place like home, but at the same time we neglect drainage maintenance. Most of us are quick to clean areas that are often seen by visitors and neglect hidden areas. In this article, we aim to share some tips and educate our readers on Drainage Maintenance.
Why is Drainage Maintenance important?
The entire idea behind having a drainage system is so that water and other liquids can be disposed of. From your bathroom, toilet and the kitchen all have a drainage system that collects and disposes. It is therefore very important to ensure your perform drainage maintenance as regularly as possible. A non-functional drainage system can lead to your home smelling but also cause fatbergs.
Over 90% of us seem pretty confident about what we can and can not flush down the toilet. And yet when UK residents were surveyed it turns out most of us are not clear about our drainage system. Most admitted to flushing medicines, hair, condoms, tampons and even dead pets. This is definitely a cause for concern as everything we flush or pour down the drainage has an environmental impact. In hopes of educating our readers, here are some tips on drainage maintenance.
How-to Maintain your drainage system
When it comes to drainage maintenance is it important to know what you can and can’t pour down the system. Most of us are pretty savvy on most things but there a few that we don’t seem too concerned about flushing down the drain. We hope these tips educate anyone of our readers and protects your drainage.
- Avoid pouring fat oils or even coffee granules down the sink, small amounts can be added to a compost heap. Best practise is to allow oils to harden before scraping them into the bin. The same would go for coffee granules and food waste can be composted and put into the bin. Greasy plates and cooking equipment can be wiped with kitchen roll or newspaper to be thrown away.
- Do not flush medicines, pads or even condoms down the toilet, throw with garbage
- Avoid flushing dead pets like goldfish or even hamsters down the loo, bury them.
We all have some tips on how you can look after your drainage system and protect it.
- After every shower/bath or washing dishes, remember to rinse the system with hot water. Ensure to remove any hair or build-up of food waste before doing this.
- Use baking powder to get rid of the smell from the sink or bathroom. Pour down before running hot water
- Use vinegar to clean the system, pour it down before bed then rinse after an hour.
These are just some of the tips you can utilise to look your drainage system and protect your home. No one wants to call out the professionals to get rid of a fatberg which could have been prevented. Remember to take care of your home in and out.