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Drain maintenance – tenant assistance

How do I keep my drains clear?

This is an issue many home owners face, therefore we created a quick guide to assist you and your drains! Read the below maintenance tips and what not to pour into your sink!

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water drain in stainless sink

Weekly clean – Pour boiling water down the sink hole, wait half an hour then pour down some more!

Monthly clean – Run the hot water. Then pour ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup white vinegar in the drain and let it foam. Rinse after 15 minutes. This gives the drain a safe and natural clean. It will also help eliminate bad drain odor’s which can occur from build up.

What is the most common causes of blockages?

These are three of the biggest drain blockers who wreak havoc on your systems!

Grease– The worse of the blockers as this builds up over time and blocks the drain completely. It takes a lot of work and money to get this block unblocked.
To avoid grease being put into your draining system, we suggest you use tinfoil or an old jar to pour the grease into. Once it’s cooled, dispose of in the rubbish.

Coffee grinds  – These can be disposed of in the compost or the rubbish bin. Or you can fertilise your plants with them! These will cause havoc if lodged within your drain.

Hair – You can get little mesh covers for drains which will eliminate hair (and all other debris) out of there. If you see hair build up in your drains remove immediately.

Sanitary Waste – Never flush sanitary products such as pads, tampons or cleansing wipes in the toilet. These are to be disposed of in bins. If these are flushed they will expand and cause a clog over time. They also can get lodged deep within pipes causing a high cost fix.

Baby wipes and nappies – These are to be disposed of in the bin its never to placed in your toilet and flushed as they do not break down they swell.

The do's and don't of flushing items in the toilet. Do not flush wipes, tampons, cotton buds, contact lenses, band aids/plasters or nappies.