The causes of blocked drains
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. Sewage bubbling up through the kitchen sink or into the garden, toilets overflowing, the mess and the smell.
They say that prevention is better than a cure, which for your health and your pocket, is very true in the case of drains! So, what can cause blockages?
Wipes – baby wipes, make up wipes, the moist ‘toilet paper alternatives’… our sewage systems are not designed to deal with these man-made fibres and they become lodged in drains and pipes, causing blockages which gradually become worse as more matter gets attached or stuck behind it, which over time creates a serious problem.
Fat and grease – when you’ve been cooking, it can seem easier to just pour grease from pans and roasting tins down the drain. It’s hot, it’s runny and can be difficult to dispose of. Here’s a tip – DON’T! While it goes down the drain as a liquid, as soon as it cools it will become solid, causing blockages in drains. ‘Fatbergs’ are becoming a real issue, costing millions in monitoring and maintenance work as these giant lumps of solidified fat mixed with other items that don’t belong in drains, make their way through the drain network causing untold mayhem.
Sanitary products – another item that may feel easier to flush away, but sanitary products can cause real problems. Combined with the plastic wrappers, cardboard or plastic applicators and such like, these products don’t break down and again, can cause blockages. They can become caught in pipes before even making it out of the house, leading to some really unpleasant odours and potential overflowing.
Of course, drains can become blocked due to tree roots or debris caused by work in the local area. But by working to reduce the amount of ‘wrong’ things going down the plug and pipe hole, we can reduce the risk of blocked drains too.
One of the simplest ways to keep your drains clear and happy, is to follow the ‘three P rule’. The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are pee, poo and (toilet) paper! And in the sink, just water please.
If you should find that you do have an issue with a blocked drain, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will always do everything we can to help get you sorted as quickly as possible.