From restaurants to offices, blocked drains can be a major annoyance for any type of business. Although many blocked drains are easy to fix, others can require extensive work in order to be repaired, often at a significant cost and productivity loss.
Thankfully, it’s far easier to prevent blocked drains from occurring than to fix them after the fact. In this blog post, we’ll share five tips that you can use at work and at home to stop plumbing blockages from occurring.
Don’t dispose of oil or food waste in the sink
Every day, thousands of kitchen and break room sinks in offices around the world become clogged up due to the disposal of ground coffee. At home, the culprits can range from cooking oil and sauces to rice, breadcrumbs and other ingredients.
When you dispose of ground coffee and other solid food waste, make sure it’s only via the trash can, not the kitchen sink. Likewise, oils and sauces should be disposed of in a sealed container in the garbage can to prevent blockages from occurring.
Clean shower drains and catches frequently
Shower drains can easily become blocked by hair that builds up over time. This is a particularly common issue in public buildings and offices where many people take a shower every day.
At home, clean your shower drain and catch at least once every month to stop hair from building up and causing a blockage. In offices and public buildings, make sure shower drains are cleaned at least once every week to keep them clear.
Clean outside drains after storms or heavy rain
Blockages don’t just occur at the inside drain. Many blockages occur because outside drains are blocked by leaves, mud and other obstacles. In many cases, blockages that happen on the outside of a building can lead to flooding and major property damage.
Prevent exterior blockages from damaging your workplace or home by keeping all of your outdoor drains clear. After a storm or heavy rain, check all of your outdoor drains to make sure they’re not blocked up by leaves, mud or other debris.
Replace aging pipes to prevent corrosion build-up
Over time, corrosion can occur even in steel or galvanized plumbing systems. This is a particularly common cause of blockages and poor drainage in buildings with pipes that are more than 20 years old.
Replace aging pipes frequently to prevent corrosion from leading to reduced water pressure and slow drainage. Pipes should be used for 20 years, at most, before they are replaced in order to stop large-scale corrosion from affecting performance.
Remind staff not to flush excess paper or sanitary items
Toilet blockages are often caused by large amounts of toilet paper, sanitary items or, in some cases, diapers, being disposed of incorrectly. Often this is the result of staff not being aware of the limitations of the workplace’s sanitation system.
If your workplace toilets frequently clog up due to poor system pressure, try posting a notice in the bathroom informing people of the system’s limitations and reminding them not to flush sanitary items or too much toilet paper.