Don’t drain wal­let

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

JUST about ev­ery house­hold deals with a clogged sink or drain once in a while.

But pro­longed prob­lems can be ex­pen­sive and usu­ally in­volve a plumber.

In the worst cases, a home’s en­tire sewer sys­tem can be­come backed up.

Syd­ney Wa­ter re­ceives thou­sands of plumb­in­gre­lated re­ports from cus­tomers and says res­i­dents are partly to blame for these is­sues.

In many cases, proper care has not been taken. Peo­ple clog their home sys­tem by flush­ing down their sinks and toi­lets pretty much any­thing from cook­ing grease, cof­fee grounds, food, hair, soap and even baby wipes.

Ad­dress­ing the plumb­ing is­sue can cost the home­owner any­thing be­tween $300 to $16,000, Syd­ney Wa­ter’s So­nia Doohan says.

One of the ab­so­lute best ways to pre­vent a slow or clogged drain is to be care­ful about what you put into them, Doohan says.

“When we flush the toi­let, pull out a plug in the bath or kitchen sink, have a shower or use the wash­ing ma­chine or dish­washer, we don’t give a thought to what hap­pens after­wards,” she says.

“Our sewer pipes are un­der­ground and as a re­sult, out of mind.

“Slug­gish drainage or a toi­let gur­gling are tell-tale signs that some­thing is wrong.”

Us­ing com­mon sense and a few sim­ple do-it-your­self checks can po­ten­tially save sewage back-flow dis­as­ters.

Syd­ney Wa­ter has more than 25,000kms of waste­water pipes in its network and re­moves and treats around 1.4 bil­lion litres of waste­water (sewage) ev­ery day.

“Most peo­ple con­sider waste­water or sewage to be ba­si­cally poo, but the re­al­ity is that waste­water is more than 99.95 per cent wa­ter from your kitchen sink, bath­room, shower, laun­dry and toi­let,’’ Doohan adds. For tips and more see: syd­ney­wa­

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