It seems this time of year there are always reports of damage and inconvenience caused by flooded kitchens and bathrooms. Make sure to take these precautions to protect your home. These simple and inexpensive fixes can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long term.

 

1: Securing the bathroom

While it may seem an unpleasant thought, many homes are flooded by blocked and slow draining toilets. You’ll need rubber gloves, plunger (a piston-shaped one is more effective than the standard plunger) as well as standard bleach. To ensure the blockage doesn’t get any worse do not attempt to flush a blocked toilet which can lead to it overflowing. If the object is visible try clearing it by hand. Otherwise, make a vacuum seal on the opening of the toilet bowl with the plunger (try running it with hot water if it needs to be more malleable).

 

2: Securing the kitchen

Homes can get easily get flooded from a leaking tap and sinks overflowing. If you leave a blocked sink unattended with a flowing tap it can easily flood the kitchen. Sinks can get blocked by any number of food items such as cooking oil, egg shells, lard etc. So it is better to take a preventative measure. You’ll need a plunger, baking soda and vinegar.

Firstly insert the plunger and thrust 5-6 times to dislodge the blockage. If this method fails try using baking soda and vinegar in the sink followed by hot water. This will create a chemical reaction that should remove any residue blocking the pipes.

However, it is not recommended to try DIY attempts too many times as this can cause damage to the pipes and plumbing system. Maintain drains provides a sink unblocking service for those extra tough jobs.

 

3: Securing the gutters

One of the most common ways that homes can be flooded is by blocked gutters. So you should clean your gutters at least once a year. To do this, ensure you have a stable extendable ladder, rubber gloves and a small shovel. To get the large debris out of the gutters use rubber gloves and a small shovel (for the smaller debris).

You can also call our experts, who are able to do any size house and guttering, ask for a quote today.

 

4: Securing the drains

The failure with baths and toilets to drain properly may be the sign that the underlying drainage system around your house is damaged. While you can clear some of the debris around this area, it is recommended that you have a professional be called for this. You’ll need a spade, hose, rubber gloves and drain rods for this job.

Open the manhole cover with the point of the spade. Then by using a jet of water from a hose directed into the drainage clear out any fat or grease lodged in the drain. This should remove the blockage. But, if this sort of work is not for you or the problem is more serious you can get a quote from us.

 

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Parts of Dorset are at risk of more flooding, as the Met Office forecasts more heavy rain.

Although the recent weather has overwhelmed drainage systems we have found that the lack of maintenance to essential items such as drainage gullies, culverts and water courses has resulted in significant damage to property.

On a recent visit to assist with a blocked drain causing some ‘flooding’, see above image, we found a substantial area of a commercial property to be heavily flooded simply down to an un-maintained drainage ditch. This particular incident cost thousands of pounds worth of damage, lost revenue and stress for our client.

Maintaining the drainage system around your house or commercial property needn’t be a chore and here at Maintain we are always on hand to offer advice and guidance and provide a solution.

Call us now to discuss any planned maintenance requirements you may have. 01202 300040.