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New Year’s Resolutions

“I will lose weight. I will cut down on chocolate, and biscuits, and cake. I will exercise more often.”

Some New Year’s Resolutions are just so hard to keep!

But there’s one that you really should make – and that’s to be kinder to your drains. Just by practicing a few sensible measures, you’ll keep your drains in great condition, which could save you money and hassle in the long run!

Firstly, get into the habit of never letting oils, grease, and fats go down the kitchen sink. If you’re going to wash up the grill pan, scrape out the cold grease first – it can go in your food recycling bin. The same with scraps of food left on your plates, pots and pans. If fats get into the sewer system they can congeal and cause a blockage known as a fatberg. Some of these can grow enormous over time!

The same goes with your shower. Clean the plughole regularly for hair and bits of soap that could block it up. And of course, don’t flush anything down the toilet that isn’t pee, poo, or paper! And by paper we mean toilet roll, not paper towels or tissues which are made of a different kind of paper that don’t dissolve so easily. Sanitary items, cotton wool pads, and wet wipes are a common cause of blocked toilets – so put them in the bin instead! People have even been known to flush disposable nappies down the loo – which is a blockage just waiting to happen.

And of course don’t flush unwanted medicines away – no-one wants those drugs and chemicals getting into the water system. Dispose of them at your local pharmacy.

And lastly think about the drains outside too. Use covers or grates to stop leaves and other debris getting inside.

It’s all common sense of course, but if we can all get into the habit of stopping to think twice before pouring anything down the drain, sink, or toilet, we’ll be in much less danger of having a blockage somewhere in our waste water system. If there is a problem though, give us a call at Happy Drains, as our name implies, we’re always happy to help! You can reach us on 07824 757572 or 0800 849 8099. Unfortunately, though, we can’t help with any of your other New Year Resolutions… that’s down to you and your will power!