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It can be so annoying when you have a clogged sink or blocked toilet, so why can you do to help prevent this in the future. 

We all know how annoying it can be when part of your drainage system breaks down, so Metro Rod Edinburgh want to give you some tips on the things you can do at home to help prevent unnecessary problems.


To avoid a blocked toilet only flush the 3 Ps – 

One of the most common mistakes that people make is thinking that it is alright to flush products like wet wipes, sanitary products and kitchen paper. Flushing these things can lead to a blocked toilet as they are insoluble and wont dissolve in water. Instead they can get caught on the pipe walls where they stay and attract other debris which builds up to block the flow of water. 

To help prevent this from happening to you, simply follow the 3 P rule and only flush Poo, Pee, and toilet Paper. Any other material should be binned and you should find yourself with fewer blockages in the future. 


Rinsing food down the sink will block it –

After cooking and eating people will often rinse food off their plates and pans into the sink and not think too much of it. However, this is known to cause many blockages especially as certain foods like pasta, bread and rice absorb water and then expand. This food can get caught on the walls of the pipes which narrows the space through which water can flow, resulting in a slow draining and clogged sink. 

Similarly you shouldn’t be pouring fat, grease and oil down the sink, as it will solidify as it cools, creating a solid mass of fat in your pipes. These ‘fatbergs’ are responsible for many blocked sinks, and as we’ll as being an inconvenience they can start to produce bad odours after a period of time. So it is best to allow any fats and grease to cool first and then when solid, bin them. 

Part of looking after your drains is also having regular drain maintenance to stop any problems early on before they become more serious and costly. Metro Rod Edinburgh offer a few different options for drain maintenance so if you think you could benefit from having your drains checked over then get in contact with us and we can assist you further. 


Metro Rod Edinburgh offer services from dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

Make sure you get in touch with us through any of the following:

Enquire through our website: https://www.metrorod.co.uk/local/edinburgh/ 

Get in touch with us via email: [email protected] 

Call us on 0800 66 88 00

We any drainage needs, we are the drainage experts. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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