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Tips for keeping your drain clear this winter

As winter gets into full swing, there are a number of problems that can arise for your home’s plumbing system. Frozen pipes are a common problem for homes across the country, as not many people know how to properly prevent such an occurrence. There are several steps you can take to prevent your drains becoming blocked and frozen this winter, and this article will go into them in more detail.

Cleaning your drains out regularly can really help in reducing the chances of your drains getting blocked. It is very easy for your drains to become clogged with food and rubbish, just from simple day to day use. If you buy a sink strainer, this can help prevent any loose bits of food falling down your drain and getting stuck.


The same principle applies to areas like your shower and bath. Check the plugholes regularly for blockages such as hair and dirt, and remove them if you see them. It might not be the most pleasant job in the world but it’s got to be done if you want your drains to run smoothly! If you think your drains need unblocking beyond pulling out the blockage, invest in some drain cleaner that you can simply pour down the plughole.

Knowing how to turn off your water supply can be an advantage, too. The stop-tap for your water supply is usually located under the sink, and it is very advisable that you turn the water off if you know you’re going to be out of the house for an extended period of time, for example if you’re visiting family over Christmas. This will stop your tap dripping, which in turn will stop it freezing over. It seems like a dripping tap may not be much of a hazard, but in fact, the slow flow of water makes it easier for it to freeze which can cause a blockage. This, in turn can cause a pipe to burst, which can cause a huge amount of damage to your home and is also very expensive to repair.


If you have any problems with your drains and you need professional help resolving the issue, Jet Rod are the people for you. Our highly skilled team can fix anything from a blocked drain to more complicated problems, and we will do so efficiently and professionally. Our friendly, helpful team are always happy to help you with any problems or enquiries you may have, so get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you!

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