Importance of Keeping Your Drains Clean
April 16, 2018 - by Tony Earnshaw
The daily life of your typical drain can be intense, tackling a whole range of different items from everyday food particles and grease in the kitchen, to hair, wet wipes and cotton buds in the bathroom. Keeping your drains clean is essential if you want to dodge costly repairs and blockages and avoid health issues from dirty standing water and sewage overflow.
Why Regular Cleaning is Important
- It improves the longevity of your drain by reducing the damage and buildup of foreign particles, which can accumulate over time.
- Regular drain cleaning can prevent costly future repair work. A cleaning professional is likely to spot minor issues before they turn into bigger ones.
- It prevents the likelihood of drains overflowing, leading to unsanitary conditions.
- Bad odours associated with rotting food and other debris are eliminated.
Dangers of a Dirty Drain
Unclean drains are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and mould to grow. Breathing in these tiny, harmful particles can lead to health issues for those with breathing sensitivities caused by asthma or allergies.
Standing water from blocked drains will only get dirtier over time as bacteria breeds. Even uncontaminated water can provide an excellent environment for bacteria such as legionella to thrive. Sewage overflow caused by blocked and broken drains is an even bigger problem and can result in typhoid, campylobacteriosis and peptic ulcers among other things.
While bad odours aren’t going to kill you, being exposed to them on a daily basis is not good for anyone. Stress, nausea, headaches and even mood swings can result from a persistent bad smell lingering in your home. The longer the drain is left dirty, the worse the smell will become.
Standing water and dirty drains attract all manner of bugs and insects, the most serious of which are mosquitoes. While you’re not going to contract malaria from a mosquito bite in the UK, it’s still an itchy and unpleasant experience.