Drains – How To Avoid Blocking Yours

We’ve all been there, right? You’re brushing your teeth by the sink, or standing in the shower, and suddenly the water stops draining away and just sits there instead. Blocked drains are common problems and can be caused by all sorts of things. Blocked bathroom drains are commonly caused by hair lodged in the pipe and can be prevented by installing a catcher on the plughole. Blockages are also caused by the build up of soap and inappropriate things being flushed down the toilet or pushed down the plughole.

It’s not just the bathroom that causes problems – the kitchen has its fair share of blocked drain issues, too. If leftover food particles get knocked into the sink or left in dirty dishwater which is then tipped away, these can build up in the pipes and eventually clog them. You could prevent this by fitting a catcher on the plughole. Soap flakes are known to block up washing machine drains and dishwashers get blocked easily with old food and soap building up in the pipes.

Don’t forget to keep you external drains clear, too, as you can end up with structural damage if these get blocked. Grass cuttings in summer are an issue, as is soil being washed into drains by the rain. Also watch out for leaves, particularly in fall when they’re everywhere and can easily get washed or blown into drains. They then turn into mulch, which causes a hard to shift blockage in your gutters or drains, so keep an eye out to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Sometimes, there doesn’t even have to be a foreign object in the drain for it to block. If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you’ll know all about this. From time to time, the earth, sewers and drainage system become saturated with water to the point where they can’t take any more and so the rainwater collects on the surface instead, which leads to flooding. To minimize this risk, you should make sure to keep your drains as clear as possible.

Lastly, a common cause of blocked drains is other people. Specifically: other people’s litter. Newspapers, plastic wrappers and drinks cans are all causes of blockages so you should check your property occasionally to make sure there’s no litter that could get blown in and cause you problems you don’t need. Most blocked drains are preventable, so it’s worth putting in a bit of effort from time to time to stop the problems before they start, even if tidying up other people’s mess is no one’s idea of fun.

*Disclaimer* This information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as the sole source of information on this issue. We cannot be held responsible for any loss, inconvenience, damage (whether special or consequential) or claims arising out of the use of this information.

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