WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID BLOCKED DRAINS?
A blocked drain may begin with a slightly unpleasant smell. It could be water pooling or draining away very slowly from taps or toilets. Left untreated, what might seem like a minor issue, may soon develop into a major cause for concern.
This could manifest as extensive leaks and major damage to property, including costly wiring inside your walls. Imagine the property damage to ceilings, walls and floors that could befall the unsuspecting homeowner from a flooded upstairs bathroom. All because the drain was blocked by a buildup of hair and shower product?!!
Internally, blocked drains are most often the result of a large foreign object in the pipe or a build up of matter not meant to be flushed through the waste. In fact, anything that doesn’t easily dissolve in water will form a partial or total blockage that will eventually restrict or cut off the flow of water. So next time you’re tempted to drain the oil from your cooking directly down the sink think again. You may be adding to that last layer that will provide the final plug to your draining kitchen sink!
In your kitchen, ensure no food waste gets washed down the drain by scraping food off crockery and out of pots before washing. So many foods can expand in water and turn to sludge in your pipes. Slowly and carefully pouring boiling water down a kitchen sink drain on a regular basis is recommended. Doing this can melt and flush away congealed substance buildup and keep the flow constant and unobstructed.
Make sure you regularly remove hair and other debris from you bathroom sink and shower drain. Only flush products specifically designed to go down toilets. Many so called ‘hygiene’ products don’t actually dissolve in your sewer pipes. These could easily cause a blockage, as does excessive amounts of toilet paper. Remember, even removing lint from your washing machine can avoid a clogged hose overflowing in the laundry.
Blocked drains externally are commonly caused by an accumulation of garden debris, such as dead leaves or tree root systems. Broken pipes can happen as roots grow spreading in pursuit of water. They force their way in though loose or faulty connections between pipes, or through old and brittle pipes underground. A buildup of dead and decaying leaves can form barriers in pipes, severely restricting water flow.
If a water pipe has root damage under the house, you may not be aware of a leak to your property until you receive a high water bill. A quick check of your water meter could also alert you of potential issues. Find out where your stop taps are to isolate water if necessary.
Regularly inspect gutters and outside drains to keep them clear of garden refuse, toys or anything that could potentially contribute to a blockage. Be aware of where your pipes run underground when planting trees, creating new garden beds or installing watering systems. This will help avoid cracking pipes when digging or tree roots infiltrating the pipeline.
Whilst prevention is the best (and least costly) cure, when you are faced with any blocked drain or water leak you’re unable to fix yourself then call in our experts!
With equipment designed to locate the cause, fixing the problem can be done quickly and efficiently. Our licensed plumbers will ensure the issue has been solved properly. Please call us on 0420102345
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