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Smithy’s Drains & Plumbing’s Top Tips for Keeping Your Drains Tip Top

Drain unblocking Chigwell, EssexIn London, everyone’s experienced drain blockage issues.

In the domestic environment, in the working environment, in public areas: drain blockage isn’t uncommon.

Avoiding the risk of being in the pipeline of drain blockage issues (pun intended), here at Smithy’s Drains & Plumbing, we thought we’d devise a list which explores our top tips for keeping drains tip top in London.

Here in London, more and more people are flushing, pouring and dropping items which don’t soften or break down their drain pipes with little consideration to the sometimes costly consequences of such actions.

Smithy’s Drains & Plumbing’s drain technician shares a memorable story:“I was called out to clear a drain blockage in Chigwell, South Essex not so long ago when I was confronted with what was possibly one of the worst drain blockages I’ve seen.

“A couple had got in the habit of flushing their child’s wet wipes down the toilet which caused massive problems for the pair…We’re seeing more and more drain blockages in London as a result of flushing wet wipes. This particular couple had let the drain blockage build which made the problem much more difficult to treat.

“Fortunately, we’d just invested in some state of the art equipment which treated the blockage quickly resulting in a lovely pair of very happy customers.”


Drain blockages are one of the most common drainage issues treated by us here at Smithy’s Drains & Plumbing: issues which are easily avoidable.

When treating drains, certainly in the domestic environment, it’s important you never perform D.I.Y drain unblocking as this often makes these situations much worse therefore more costly to treat.

Our expert advice? Prevention is much more cost-effective than cure.

Here at Smithy’s Drains & Plumbing, our customers are at the heart of the services we provide.

As an ethical company, we practice customer service at a level which meets and exceeds customer satisfaction at every interaction which is why we’ve taken the time to put together a list of common drain blockage causes we face day to day here in London.

So, without further ado, let’s kick off with our expert advice for London drain care:

If it breaks it’s down the drains, if not- the bins the spot!
That’s right London! Ensuring you’re cautious about what you’re sending down your drain pipes could see you reaping the benefits long term… Always ensure wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items are disposed of appropriately.

Have your plugs grown hair? Get rid now or liquid won’t make it down there!
Regularly pulling hair out of shower plugs could see London drain health improving hugely. Regularly clearing hair and soap debris from your bath, shower or sink avoids blockage and slow drainage issues in your home.

An easy way of doing this? Nip down your local pound shop or hardware store and pick up some drain-gates… They’ll catch the majority of drain clog offenders ensuring your systems continue to run smoothly.

Grease and fat are harder jobs to combat…
Without realising, many have been known to dispose of grease and fat when cooking down their kitchen sinks.

Bad move London! When doing this for a prolonged period of time, the grease and fat solidifies in your drain pipes causing severe clogging issues and sometimes even pipe damage.

Our drain technicians strongly advise you dispose of any grease or fat in your kitchen bin.

If there’s a lot, carefully tip the liquid into a sealed container and dispose of this appropriately. Getting out of the habit of tipping grease and fat down your drains will contribute to healthy drainage systems in your home.

My drains are already starting to block, what should I do?

If you’re already experiencing slow drainage in your London home, we advise you have them checked sooner rather than later to ensure the problem doesn’t worsen.

Our 24hour London plumbing service ensures any drain or plumbing issues you face, day or night, will be treated effectively and efficiently by our qualified drain repair technicians.

For more information contact our friendly team now on 01279 730 564 and let us help you

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