Most drain blockages happen in a way that is out of your control. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this fact completely absolves you from blame for mistreating your system.

With the Spring season being a busy period for the restaurant industry, managers and employees can overlook the small things that result in the big issues. That includes throwing waste into your drains that don’t belong there and hoping that the water flow will do you the favour of washing it far away. Unfortunately, more often than not, those items that don’t belong down your drain are the ones that cause severe damage.

If you want to save the time and expense of hiring a qualified drain technician in Manchester, take heed of these guilty parties that you have been putting into your drains over the last few months.

Cooking Waste

Fats, oils, and grease are a drain system’s worst nightmare – and the one everyone is guilty of. Not only do these waste substances stock to the interior of your drain pipes, but they also solidify as soon as they cool. Naturally, this mass will eventually cause significant blockage of your water flow.

Everyone knows not to, but they still find ways to do it out of ease of disposal. If it’s down the sewer, it’s someone else’s problem. Wrong! – it will become your problem soon enough, especially when those fatbergs start to form. Save the expense on costly blocked drains by implementing a strict disposal routine for these substances away from your plugholes or drainage grids.

Coffee Grounds

Did you know that coffee grounds are a frequent offender in drain blockages? You may think that pouring coffee grounds into your drain is no real threat, but they are not totally water soluble – meaning they cause plenty of issues on your system.

Like fats and greases, coffee grounds build up and clog drains – even more so if they mix with those cooking waste substances once they have cooled. Did you know that coffee grounds are beneficial to plant life? Try burying them in your garden instead of down your sewer.

Eggshells, Pasta, and Rice

Eggshells fragment instead of dissolving, so they are not something you want occupying your drains. These can also be composted in your garden to avoid any issues with your system.

Rice may all too easily slip into your drains, but it is a food that expands when it absorbs water. Much food waste is typically small grains of rice, but they can clump together to a considerable level in your drains. The same can be said about pasta, typically coated in semolina flour which is known to stick to the interior of pipes and produce blockage. To avoid this, ensure your sinks have a strainer installed to catch these foods before they access your system.

If your drains experience blockage from these or other substances, Blocked Drains Northwest is here to help with CCTV drainage surveying and other Manchester drainage services to keep your business safe from expensive drainage issues.