Continuing on from last month's blog, we’re going to tackle a few things that present themselves as toilet and drain troubles: how to prevent them, and just how much of an issue can they become? You’d be surprised by some of the objects that can cause problems for your pipework, but the best way to prevent is to preempt. Without further adieu, let’s get stuck in!
Just because an item is used in a bathroom, this doesn’t mean it’s got to go down a drain. There are rubbish bins dotted throughout public toilets for a very important reason!
You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who think that they can flush nappies, baby wipes and women’s sanitary items down a toilet. Because this is becoming such a common habbit (and a lazy one at that) it’s becoming a huge problem for pipes and sewers. Drains can take a terrific amount of toilet paper, because it’s light and easy to break down! Tougher textures that won’t bend or rip are going to cause huge blocks in drains, which – we can assure you – is not a fun fix for plumbers in Wellington!
Please prevent flushing toiletry items by keeping a rubbish bin handy in all your toilets and bathrooms, and making sure this is attended to regularly!
Storms are a different story
The average neighbourhood or residential drain isn’t technically designed to take more than what you or your street will flush through it. That being the case, a torrential flood can put an unbearable amount of pressure on our pipework, causing it to overflow and break.
The after effects of a storm can be dire for drains, and it’s always best to leave such emergency drainage jobs in Wellington to the professionals at Maxey. The best thing you can do to help is to make sure your outdoor drains are clear of leaves and greenery: don’t give drains any excuse to become blocked up!
An inadequate install job
Sometimes the fault in a drain comes down to a shoddy installation job, which isn’t your fault at all, but it can be your problem. Hiring a less-than-professional Wellington plumber is really just asking for trouble. Poor-quality installation work can result in blockages and breakages that will be costly to fix – sometimes more so than the cost of the actual install!
It’s always a good option to make sure that the plumber working on your pipework is fully qualified and meets New Zealand’s high standards of Registered Plumbing expertise.
The team at Maxey are fully licensed plumbers, and we’re ready to tackle any challenges that come our way (down your drains). Be it a quick fix or a total install, we’re your reliable Wellington plumber of choice!