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What You Should Do if Your Bath Drains Slowly

Has your bath or shower tray started draining slowly? If you’ve noticed that murky, soapy water lingers long after you’ve dried yourself off, there’s usually an issue somewhere in your drainage system. Fortunately, this is a relatively common issue that pops up in households across the Margate area on a regular basis. However, you should take swift action to avoid facing much bigger, more disruptive emergency drainage problems.

From drain lining to CCTV drain surveys, and from drain repairs to clearing blocked drains and gutter cleaning, BP Drains Ltd provides a full range of services in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.

On this page, we explain the likely cause behind your slow-draining bath or shower, and how you can stop it happening again in the future.

Why is Your Water Draining Slowly?

The toilets, sinks, bath and shower in your Margate home all empty into the same drainage system. Because you can’t actively see it at work, it’s easy to take for granted just how much work this system gets through day in, day out.

It’s relatively easy, then, for a build-up to occur in the pipes. With clogged showers and baths, this is usually a mix of hair, shampoo and soap that develops over weeks or even months.

By the time your water starts draining slowly, you likely already have a sizeable blockage in your pipes. But don’t worry, it’s highly unlikely you’ll need drain lining or any other drain repairs. In less serious cases, we only need to clear blocked drains. More stubborn build-ups may require descaling to clear.

To avoid emergency drainage situations, it pays to stay alert to the early signs of an issue. In addition to slow-draining water, this also includes unpleasant smells. If you don’t take immediate action, you only pave the way for more hair and soap to pass into your drains, adding to your clog’s size. If it’s been a considerable amount of time since your last system inspection, consider a CCTV drain survey for added peace of mind. It might also be useful to look at your gutters to see if you require any gutter cleaning services.

The sooner you act, the easier your problem is to solve.

How to Prevent Clogs

The best way to avoid bath and shower blockages in your Margate home is through proactive cleaning. Regularly removing and cleaning your plugs is a great first step. This is especially true for pop-up plugs which are well-known for trapping debris.

We also recommend placing drain protectors in showers and baths. Again, this allows homeowners to collect debris while still letting the water drain efficiently.

Lastly, you should also clean your sink overflow and drain to remove small blockages before they establish themselves. You can use natural products like baking powder combined with white vinegar, or boiling water, for impressive results.

Should You Call a Professional?

While home remedies usually clear these sludgy blockages, it’s always worth calling in professionals if you feel there could be an underlying issue. Our team carries out manual rodding and high-pressure water jetting to help blast away any persistent clogs.

In addition to performing emergency drainage work on a 24/7 basis, including clearing blocked drains, our services in Margate also include:

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Call 01843 293 040 or 07590 849 967 to discuss any proactive or emergency drainage work, including clearing blocked drains, in and around Margate.
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