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May 2022

How to Unblock a Drain: Get Your Business Ready for Summer

How to Unblock a Drain: Get Your Business Ready for Summer

The last thing you need during the summer is to have a blocked drain and have to close shop amid one of the busiest times of the year.

Here are five tips from Drain Doctor for you to keep your facilities in tip-top shape. Remember, we are here to help if you need us.

How to Unblock a Drain

When you start noticing the sinks draining slower than they should, it is time to act now before any major damage or blockage occurs. 

Below are five simple steps you can follow to help you dislodge and clear drain blockages affecting your business.

  1. Pour hot water from the tap down the drain.
  2. Follow the hot water with an enzyme-based cleaner down the drain.
  3. Cover with a drain plug.
  4. Let the drain cleaner set for a few minutes.
  5. And finish with more hot water from the tap to flush it through. 

If the drain blockage refuses to budge… it is time to call in the professionals!

Do not let your Profits Drip Away

Drips and leaks left unchecked can cause unnecessarily high-water bills alongside causing other problems. Tell-tale signs include water damage under the sink. When the taps/showerheads are turned off, check the handle to see if any drips are coming out.

Call a plumber now to save you money in the long run.

Protect Your Toilets!

Toilets are constantly in use. Leaks or blockages are not going to disappear, especially if business is booming and you have more people using your facilities. A higher volume of toilet usage may lead to major problems later. Drain Doctor is here to help!

Flush what should be Flushed

Toilets and sewers are connected, and they are not designed to have everything flushed down them.  Most things, aside from the obvious, will cause a blockage. It is not easy for a commercial business to have total control over this, so your best bet is to put up a sign over the toilet reminding people of the implications it can have.

Some common items during the summer include:

  • Facial Tissue
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Floss

Check Your Home Appliances!

Any appliance that has water connected to it could potentially have leaking pipes. For example, a refrigerator or dishwasher. If they are left unchecked, mould can form in the pipes which can lead to serious damage. You should regularly check underneath and around your appliances to ensure everything is safe and sound.