Blocked drains are more than just an annoyance, they can lead to flooding, damage to property and put people at risk. If you are a homeowner, it is important that you keep on top of your brains to avoid blockages.
It is important for homeowners to keep on top of house cleaning, but of equal importance is to ensure that your drains are kept clean and free of blockages.
If your drain is not regularly cleaned, it can lead to unpleasant odours and strange noises, which often culminate in the drain blocking and causing flooding that can damage property and cause real problems. During times of heavy rainfall and flood risk, it is especially important to keep drains clear. Global warming means that many areas will see an increase in annual rainfall with more frequent torrential downpours.
If your drain overflows and causes flooding, it can cause damage not only to your property, but also to that of your neighbours. It iis your responsibility as a homeowner to ensure that this does not happen.
Flooding can swiftly become out of control and can ruin houses, and ruin lives. It is vital that you clean your drains regularly as blockages and flooding are problems that are far easier to avoid than it is to fix.
Cleaning your drains yourself
There are many sources online that can suggest different ways to clean your drains. Many of these sites provide environmentally friendly solutions and cleaning techniques using items you are likely to already have around your home.
It is less complicated than you may think to maintain your drains with regular cleans and although it may seem like an unpleasant job, if you keep on top of it then it doesn’t ever have to become one. Regular cleaning will leave your drains functioning well and will lessen the chance of foul odours in your home.
Hiring in help
If you are unable to clean your drains for any reason, or if the job has simply got out of hand, there is another way. There are many drain cleaning companies companies throughout the UK who specialise in drain cleaning, either as a one off deep clean or regular cleans to ensure your drains are always in good condition and free of blockages.
When you hire in help, you are likely to benefit from the latest techniques, tools and products that you may not have found yourself. Experts in the field tend to know tricks of the trade that they can use to help you, and will often share with you so you can take responsibility for the upkeep of your drains in the future.
There are obvious downsides to hiring professionals to handle your drain cleaning, the most apparent one being cost. It is not cheap to hire regular cleaning assistance with your drains and if possible it is always worth taking care of as much of your drain cleaning as you can yourself.
However if you shop around, check reviews online and ask your friends, family and neighbours, it is often possible to find a service that can provide you with the exact job you want for a surprisingly affordable price.
Professional cleaners are probably not necessary for most people on a regular basis, but for those times when everything has got a bit out of control and there are noises and smells coming from your drain that you can’t remove, it is certainly worth have a drain cleaning service in your phone book that offers good value for money.
As a homeowner, there is a lot of cleaning that you have to do to keep your house looking good. But for keeping your house safe, and free of flooding and bad odours, there is no cleaning job that is more important than cleaning your drains.
As much as the temptation to put off the job will always be there, it will be something you deeply regret if it is left too long. Whether you do it yourself, or you hire in experts the job, it is incredibly important that your drains are kept clean and clear of blockages at all times.
Fraser Ruthven is the Marketing Associate for London Drainage Facilities, one of London’s leading drainage companies. London Drainage provides a wide range of drainage diagnostic and repair services in and around London.