Has this happened in your area? Last year our UK counterpart, Drain Doctor®, had their town flooded due to some extreme downpours. Inadequate drains were blamed for the flooding initially, but it turned out that was not the only cause.
A story printed in the Peterborough Today outlined part of blame for the flooding was because homeowners were putting fats, oil and grease down their drains. I wonder how many cities and towns may be experiencing the same problem. Since I'm in the plumbing world I am constantly reminding my friends and family to watch what they put down their drains.
Following just a few simple suggestions can help maintain your plumbing and prevent clogs and back-ups. Prevention is, of course, the better route to go and Drain Doctor and Mr. Rooter® Plumbing have a number of tips to avoid drainage problems.
- Install a strainer in to catch hair and other objects that could block drains. You'd be surprised how much this helps.
- Don't pour fat and grease from cooking down the drain - pour it in an old carton or container, allow it to cool, and throw it out in the trash rather than pouring it anywhere.
- Don't dispose of old oil, paint, medications or other substances down your drain.
- Have a plumber inspect drains for leaks, damage and corrosion and get problems sorted out while they are small, rather than waiting for a disaster!
To check out this story and other interesting blogs from the United Kingdom check out http://draindoctor.wordpress.com/page/3/.
Here's wishing you a world class day!