How to avoid blocked drains
If you have ever had to deal with a blocked drain one of your greatest wishes is to never have to deal with it again. Whether there was a bad smell, flooding or just discomfort, the experience was not pleasant. It is not hard to have your drains in good working condition. What you must do is give the drain your attention before it asks for it and you won't be making too many emergency calls to the plumber. Here are ways you can keep your drains free of blockage.
Outdoor drains and sewer lines
Blocked outdoor drains and sewers can cause flooding in the worst case scenario. Fortunately, there are signs that will alert you of a problem before it gets to that extent. Most blocked sewer lines and rainwater drains are either caused by leaves or roots. You can have a mesh to prevent leaves from falling into the drain and control the growth of trees and shrubs around your garden to ensure the pipes are not blocked.
Toilet and bathroom drains
Bathroom drains are very susceptible to blocking and simple drain unblocking methods like using caustic soda and hot water fail because hair causes a most of the blockage. If you can comb your hair before taking a bath, most hairs will stick to the comb and so less hair will get into your drain. If you wash your pet indoors consider putting a mesh to regulate what gets into the drain.
Another cause of blocked bathroom drains is by gunk like pieces of soap that somehow got into the drain. If you throw those pieces of soap into the trash and use a bent wire to fish hairs out of the drain once in a while, your drain will not block easily. A blocked toilet drain is mostly caused by solids that are thrown into it. The toilet is not a substitute of the trash can don't use it as one. Also, use of excess tissue can cause a block.
You might go for years without having to deal with a blocked kitchen drain but once signs of a blockage start to manifest, they will not go away easily. The golden rule with a kitchen drain is to wipe all food residue off the utensils before you start washing. Pay attention to oils and fats as they will form grease once they are in the drainpipes.
When you have wiped the utensils, wash them with adequate soap in order to dissolve as much fat and oil as possible. Use a good amount of water so that the dirty water flows away. Finally, take the time to empty the grease trap periodically.