Every homeowner would have experienced a blocked drain at some stage. You will know how frustrating and annoying this can be. Blocked drains happen for a variety of reasons. Read this article to see some of the common causes of a blocked drain.
Blocked drains will usually occur when strange objects or materials such as soaps, fats or food build up become caught between the drainpipe and the pipes that flow underneath. At the start, the material may not completely block the drain. However, as time passes, these materials will continue to collect which will prevent water from flowing freely and could eventually cause the drain to get blocked up. Toilets block up regularly due to too much toilet paper, sanitary items and even nappies being flushed down them – of course if you flush a nappy down the drain it will clog up! Young children are often the culprits for blocked toilets as they are not sure what can, and cannot go down the drain. Kids like to flush everything down the drain including full rolls of toilet paper, toys and even the toilet brush.
A large build up of hair can also cause a blocked drain in your home. If the hair and blockage is not removed frequently, this will prohibit water from flowing through the drain. Hair can be trapped before it enters the drain by using a device. However, it’s important that you are still cautious about hair going down the drain. It’s easy to by pass this issue.
Tree Branches and Leaves
Autumn is a dangerous time for your drain to block up. Trees around your house will loose their leaves, which can potentially land up in your drains. This can potentially cause an annoying blockage. Its important that you keep your garden clean and tidy. Frequently remove leaves that have fallen on the grass to prevent blocked drains.
Moreover, its not just leaves tree leaves and branches that can block a drain, tree roots try to locate water and where better than a drain? They will crack pipes over time and potentially block a drain in the tree roots get inside.
Grease & Oil Fat
It is extremely often that grease and oil fat cause a blocked drain. Its annoying as its incredibly easy to avoid this from occurring. When you pout oil fats down the sink, they will stick to the pipe walls. Over time, this will build up so much that no other liquids can get through the pipes. Therefore, be very careful and keep a close eye on what liquids you pour down your kitchen sink. Always stay on the safe side and exercise some caution.