By Drain Doctor on 17/06/2016

With the UEFA European Championships under way and football fever engulfing the country, it is time to get friends and family together and settle down in front of the television to watch Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney and the rest of team as they battle to win one of the biggest prizes in football.

However, any celebrations may be cut short if there is a drainage disaster – and you’ll feel more like a hapless amateur defender than a Euro winning superstar if plumbing problems mean your partying is ruled offside.

All of the Drain Doctor Plumbing franchisees across England are right behind Roy Hodgson’s men and it is set to be a thrilling European Championship – if the team doesn’t get banned due to the behaviour of some its fans. However, the joy of England’s progression will be severely hindered by blocked toilets or problems with drainage. Nobody wants a blocked toilet causing problems during what could be England’s finest hour.

With parties and barbecues themed around England’s matches, people will be eating and drinking more – this obviously leads to more trips to the toilet. This puts extra strain on toilets and can increase the risk of problems.

Some simple cleaning and maintenance should be done to prevent major and expensive repairs. We have produced a simple check list for football fans to ensure problems are identified before kick-off and that major repair work can be given the red card:

  • Always know where your main stop valve is located and ensure it is labelled. It is on the incoming mains water supply and is often under the kitchen sink.
  • Stop valves tend to corrode slightly with time, so check that it’s working by exercising the valve twice from fully open to fully closed and back again (and always back the valve off ‘half a turn’ from fully open once you’re done).
  • Inspect toilet cisterns both inside and out for operation and wear. If there are any signs of corrosion or leaking, contact Drain Doctor.
  • Stock all bathrooms with standard toilet paper – this is less likely to cause a blockage than more expensive types. Don’t flush paper towels or napkins.
  • Remove small items that may be above the toilet. These could be accidentally knocked into the bowl and may cause a blockage.
  • Have Drain Doctor plumbing inspect pipes for leaks, damage and corrosion. By using a CCTV camera in the pipes, plumbers can inspect and pinpoint exactly where drains are cracked, damaged or misaligned.
  • Get Drain Doctor to give a diagnosis of the work needed and provide an estimate of the work that needs to be done upfront.
  • Drain Doctor will allow you to pay for a job when it is complete and you are fully satisfied with the work.
  • If England gets knocked out, resist the temptation to flush your football shirt down the loo!