Top Causes Of Blocked Drains & Prevention Tips
Blocked drains can be an absolute nuisance! They can lead to all sorts of unpleasant complications that in turn can prove to be a major inconvenience for a household. They can also result in a very big expense.
In this blog, we will provide some plumbing tips to prevent drains from becoming blocked as well some advice on what to do if a drain blockage does occur. This way you at least know what you can do to stop things from getting even worse!
How to Spot a Blocked Drain
The sooner you spot a blocked drain, the less chance it has of doing damage. Remember, drainage can become blocked in any area of a house, inside and outside, so keep a lookout for the signs, and identify where the issue is in the drainage system.
Some of the signs are more obvious such as a blocked sink in the kitchen, but sometimes you might not get such a clear sign. Another sign is if a sink, bath, or shower starts to drain much slower than normal, or if you spot sewage backup in a sink, toilet, or bath. Listen out for gurgling noises from a drain, which can happen when water hits a blockage and causes bubbles. Also listen out for water, for example when a toilet makes noises at the stop or start of a washing machine being used.
Other telltale signs include when the system only allows one facility at a time to drain as it should. Also use your sense of smell, if you smell an unpleasant or foul odour coming from the drain, for instance, it is never a good sign! See if you spot a bubbling in the toilet if a nearby sink is used, this could also be a sign. Another thing to look out for is saturated soil or a pool of water in the surrounding area.
What Causes a Blocked Drain?
One of the most common causes of a blocked drain is typical things that go down the drain such as skin, dirt, and hair. Over time this can mount up and cause a drain blockage. Often hygiene products such as thick tissue or wet wipes cause blockages as well.
How Can I Prevent Blocked Drains?
Avoid putting things down the toilet that cause blockages, such as wet wipes. If you do need to use things like wet wipes, throw them in the bin after use instead of in the toilet. And don't put anything you shouldn't down the kitchen sink either like oil and grease.
Sink strainers are a good buy. These are small metal, mesh, or silicon sleeves that can be placed over a plughole. They work by only allowing water to pass through their holes and preventing anything else from falling through.
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