What To Do When Experiencing A Drainage Emergency Over Christmas

December is here, meaning we are certainly on the run-up to the most festive, and for some, most joyful time of year, Christmas! Christmas is the time of year for happiness, giving, eating our favourite foods, seeing relatives and friends, having time off of work, and more! Whatever you do to enjoy the festive period is entirely down to you and whatever gives you joy is the best way to spend it. Although 2020 has been a challenging year for many due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are still many ways we can enjoy this Christmas and traditions we can still take part in, including cooking traditional meals, visiting family, and more. As long as we keep ourselves safe and consider others this year, there is no reason why we cannot enjoy Christmas like every other year!

Forget any imposed restrictions, and think of what Christmas Day is regularly like. Most businesses closed except for pubs and some essential item stores, which can be a disaster is mum has forgotten the pigs in blankets for Christmas Dinner! If you’ve read our previous blogs you’ll know how disastrous drainage emergencies can be in the winter, the season Christmas falls in, additionally to how drainage emergencies can be more likely in the winter. In this blog, we have covered the exact steps that you should take in the instance of a drainage emergency. 

Sink Blockage

Quite inevitably, with piles of food being handed out on Christmas Day, it will massively increase the chances of sinks becoming blocked, which would require the aid of a professional drain unblocker to resolve the issue. Small bits of food or fat from cooking can easily lead to sinks becoming blocked, and the problem can be made much worse if more food is clean in the sinks. In this situation over Christmas, temporarily stop cleaning dishes and ensure all leftover food is placed into your bins to prevent the same problem reoccurring once the sink is unblocked.

When the blocked sink is detected and has stopped being used, the next step is to contact a drainage contractor. Although it may seem tempting to try and unblock the drain yourself, it could easily lead to further issues that could be even more problematic. Due to this, it is of high importance that you contact a professional drain unblocking company so that the problem can be resolved as soon as possible. Drain blockages can lead to further issues not just for your home, but for your neighbours, which is why most drainage contractors will continue to operate their services 24 hours, 365 days a year.

Toilet Blockage

Yes a bit grim, but with more people in your home, if you have friends or family around this Christmas, your toilet will be used more, which means your toilet will be more likely to be blocked. If this occurs and you have another toilet in your home, then advise people to use the other toilet and lock the door from the outside if possible. In the instance where you only have one toilet in your home Toilets are easy to unblock, and will be simple for a drain unblocking expert to unblock, however, if the problem is made worse than it can be more difficult.

The worst-case scenario is that a toilet would overflow, which would require the attendance of a drainage emergency team as soon as possible, especially if it leaks into other areas of the home. Unfortunately in this highly unlikely event, the best next step to take is to ensure that everyone in the home leaves except from those living in the property until an emergency drainage team arrives. Once the issue is resolved, then your guests may come back in unless the festivities have been moved to somebody else home. This scenario is highly unlikely, however, if the problem occurs it is entirely possible for it to be resolved, so ensure to call an emergency drainage team if it occurs.

Clogged Guttering

Usually, clogged guttering is not an emergency and is hardly noticeable until it becomes problematic. Clogged guttering can lead to it being easier for water to enter the property, which can lead to damage within the property. It is easy to spot signs of clogged guttering, for example, damps walls, which can be problematic to repair or replace. If on Christmas Day you noticed dampened walls, it is not a drainage emergency and the issue can be resolved another day. A drainage contractor will easily be able to unclog the drains. 

When was the last time you checked your guttering? Checking your guttering can be difficult and also dangerous, therefore, it may not be on top of your priority list. High access works can check your guttering and identify any blockages before they occur. If you want to prevent your home from being damaged by clogged guttering, high access works can identify clogged drains and with methods such as high-pressure jet washing, the drain can be unclogged.

Drain Unblocking Bristol 

Total Drainage Services offer drain unblocking in Bristol 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even on Christmas day. If you’re based in the Bristol area and encounter a drainage emergency at Christmas or at any other time of the year, get in touch with our team of drainage emergency team who will be able to be at the attendance of your property. Throughout the year, we also offer High Access Works. Call today to enquire or for a quote.

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