How to protect your drains from builders’ debris
Posted on 11th October 2023 at 16:32
Adding space to your house can improve your property value if you’re thinking of selling. You might be thinking of adding an extension to your home to have more space for Christmas or other celebrations that are coming up.
Builders’ debris can be a major hazard for your drains. If it's not properly disposed of, it can clog your pipes and cause serious problems.
Here are some tips on how to protect your drains from builders’ debris:
1. Install drain guards
Drain guards are a simple and effective way to keep builders’ debris out of your drains. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find one that fits your drains perfectly. Drain guards are typically made of wire mesh or plastic, and they have small holes that allow water to flow through while keeping debris out.
To install a drain guard, simply place it over the drain opening. If you have a sink with multiple drains, you'll need to install a drain guard on each drain. Drain guards are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at most hardware stores.
2. Use a filter basket
A filter basket is another effective way to keep builders’ debris out of your drains. It's a small basket that fits inside the drain opening. The filter basket has small holes that allow water to flow through while keeping debris out.
To use a filter basket, simply place it inside the drain opening. Be sure to empty the filter basket regularly to prevent it from clogging. Filter baskets are also relatively inexpensive and easy to find at most hardware stores.
3. Cover your drains when not in use
If you're not using a drain, be sure to cover it to prevent builders’ debris from falling in. You can use a drain plug or a small piece of cloth. Covering your drains is especially important if you're working on a construction project or if you have a lot of builders’ debris around your home.
4. Clean up builders’ debris immediately
If you do get builders debris in your drains, it's important to clean it up immediately. The longer the debris stays in your drains, the more likely it is to clog them.
To clean up builders’ debris, first remove as much of the debris as possible with your hands. Then, use a plunger or a drain snake to clear the remaining debris. If you're unable to clear the debris yourself, you may need to call a plumber.
5. Get your drains professionally cleaned regularly
Even if you take all of the necessary precautions, it's still a good idea to get your drains professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This will help to remove any build-up of grease, grime, and other debris that could potentially clog your drains.
Here are some additional tips for protecting your drains from builders’ debris:
Avoid putting grease, oil, or fat down your drains. These substances can solidify and clog your pipes.
Use a strainer in your sink to catch food particles and other debris before they go down the drain.
Flush your drains with hot water after each use to help remove any build-up of debris.
Have your septic tank pumped out regularly if you have one.
By following these tips, you can help to protect your drains from builders’ debris and keep them flowing freely.
What to do if your drains do get clogged with builders’ debris
If your drains do get clogged with builders’ debris, there are a few things you can try to clear the clog yourself. First, try using a plunger. If that doesn't work, you can try using a drain snake.
If you're unable to clear the clog yourself, you may need to call a plumber. A plumber will have the tools and expertise to clear the clog quickly and efficiently.
Let’s have an emergency free autumn
By following the tips in this blog post, you can help to avoid a drainage emergency this autumn. By taking some simple preventive measures, you can save yourself time, money, and hassle.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, so don't let drainage problems ruin it for you. By following these tips, you can enjoy the autumn season without having to worry about your drains.
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