Drain Cleaning for a Healthy Home

Why Clean Drains Keep Us Healthy

We’re lucky enough to live in a society where the smells and diseases associated with poorly functioning drainage are a thing of the past. But we don’t have to go that far back in our history to find less sanitary conditions.

In the early 1800s the River Thames was little more than an open drain, and Londoners were forced to leave London for fear of cholera and other waste-related diseases. By 1858 the flow of sewage into the Thames had reached its peak and ‘the great stink’ brought the city to a standstill. This was turning point. By 1866 the Bazalgette sewer network had been installed to divert sewage away from the river and into treatment plants.


Maintaining Clean Drains

In the 21st century, the slightest hint of a smelly drain is likely to have householders reaching for cleaning products. Which is an entirely healthy instinct. Clean drains, and sewage treatment plants are – in large part – what protects us from a host of diseases that would have been fatal just under two centuries ago.

If you’re wondering how to keep your drains bacteria free, here are 3 suggestions from our drain specialists:

1. Keep Water Running Freely

Running water is key to clean and sanitary drainage system. This needs to be kept in mind when you consider what gets put down them, or falls into them if the drain is outside.

Here’s a list of things that will clog up your drain and stop it functioning properly:

  • Animal fat (from roast dinners)
  • Paint
  • Facial wipes (usually flushed down toilet)
  • Rice, sweetcorn, pasta, potato
  • Dairy products
  • Oil, gravy
  • Leaves and garden waste (falling into external drains)
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves

2. Clean Your Drains Regularly

We don’t see the state of our drains, so it’s easy to forget that they need regular cleaning. All too often it’s only when the water refuses to drain, or bad odours start to emanate that we think about taking action. There are plenty of chemical drain cleaners available. If you’re not keen on the chemical solution, you can buy natural alternatives. Or you can create your own cleaning solution from baking soda and vinegar.

3. Professional Drain Jetting

Most householders first come across drain jetting when they have a blockage in their drainage system that needs blasting. Drain jet hoses produce high pressure water flow, in excess of 3000 psi. This is capable of dislodging blockages, removing encrusted material and loosening debris. Drain jetting is also a great way to prevent drain problems by keeping them clean and free-flowing.


Drainflow – Bedford Drain Specialists Help Households Stay Healthy

If you have any concerns about the state of your drains, Drainflow is just a call away. It could be that you’re worried about smells, a waste water back up, or standing water. Drainflow doesn’t charge a call out fee. Instead, we’ll take a look at the problem and offer an instant quote based on our diagnosis. Nine times out of ten, we’re able to solve drain problems immediately.


Keeping your drains clean, keeps your drains working effectively. Drainflow works to keep your drains – and your family – healthy. Call us 24/7 on 01525 718500.