Spring Showers Bring Drain Woes: How to Keep Your UK Home Flowing Freely 

Spring Showers Bring Drain Woes: How to Keep Your UK Home Flowing Freely 

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As the winter chill fades and spring showers grace the UK, it's not just your garden that needs attention. Spring also presents a prime opportunity to address your home's drainage system, preventing potential blockages and ensuring smooth flow throughout the year. With unpredictable weather patterns, taking proactive measures now can save you from future headaches (and potential flooding!). 
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Clearing the Path for Smooth Drainage: 

Gutters and Downspouts: These are the first lines of defence against overflowing rainwater. Clear away any accumulated leaves, twigs, and debris from winter using a ladder and scoop. For a thorough clean, especially for hard-to-reach areas, consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning service. Remember, safety first! If you're not comfortable using a ladder, leave the task to the professionals. 
Drain Covers and Screens: Investing in drain covers and screens for gutters, downspouts, and even sink drains acts as a preventative measure. These act as barriers, stopping future debris from entering and causing blockages. They come in various materials and styles to suit your needs and budget, making it easy to find the perfect fit. 
Tropical flower in sink

Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drain: 

Kitchen: This is often the battleground for many drainage woes. Grease, oil, and food scraps can solidify and create blockages. Instead of pouring them down the sink, invest in a grease trap or bin for proper disposal. 
Bathroom: Hair is a major culprit in shower and bath drain clogs. Using a drain catcher to trap hair before it enters the pipes can significantly reduce the risk of blockages. Remember, the only things that belong down the toilet are toilet paper and human waste! Flushing anything else, including wipes, feminine hygiene products, and cotton swabs, can lead to serious problems in your plumbing system. 

Embrace Proactive Maintenance: 

Regular Cleaning: Develop a cleaning routine for your drains. A simple yet effective method involves pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down your drains, followed by hot water. This helps break down mild build-up and keeps your drains flowing smoothly. Alternatively, consider using a natural enzymatic drain cleaner, which utilises good bacteria to break down organic matter. 
Hot Water Treatment: Regularly flushing your drains with hot water can help prevent grease and soap scum build-up, especially in the kitchen sink. 
Professional Inspection: If you experience frequent clogs or suspect deeper issues, scheduling a professional inspection by a qualified plumber is crucial. They have the expertise to identify potential problems, like damaged pipes or tree root ingression, and recommend solutions before they escalate into major issues. 
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Bonus Tip: 

Drain Cleaning Tools: Having a basic drain cleaning tool on hand, such as a plunger or a drain snake, can be helpful for tackling minor clogs before they become major problems. However, remember that if the clog is deep or persistent, it's always best to consult a professional plumber. 
By following these simple tips and adopting a proactive approach, you can ensure your drains flow freely throughout spring and beyond. Remember, a little preventative effort now can save you from a lot of trouble, and potentially expensive repairs, down the line. So, embrace the spring-cleaning spirit, give your drains some TLC, and enjoy a worry-free season! 
If you’re experiencing any drainage problems, we recommend contacting Semilong Services on 01604 492 701 today. We will send one of our drainage experts to come to look at the problem and repair the issue. 
If you’re looking for regular maintenance, we offer maintenance packages where we can make sure your drainage systems are running smoothly and can also identify any issues. 
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