Prevent a blockage

Manhole in BournemouthBlocked Drain Services informs that there are a number of reasons you can find yourself with a blockage in your sink, toilet, drain or shower. You will notice warning signs over time such as the water draining more slowly than usual or a strange odour coming from the drain.  The 4 main causes of a blockage are:

  • Grease and oil
  • Hair
  • Leaves and debris
  • Foreign objects

There are several simple ways you can help to prevent a blockage. To avoid a blockage in your kitchen sink, ensure that all food waste is disposed of in the bin before washing the plate, as food can get lodged in the pipes and cause an obstruction, stopping the water from passing through and causing a back-up. Grease and oil are the cause of 50% of household blockages, so disposing of them appropriately can save you from a blockage scenario. Waiting for the fatty substances to cool and throwing them in the bin is the best way to dispose of them, but if they do end up in the sink you can pour in some boiling water which will stop any build up occurring in the pipe. We like to share friendly tips like that on our FAQ section, so keep checking there for updates.

Blockage in the sink

Avert a blockage

To help avert a shower or bath blockage, you can purchase a simple drain protector which catches the hair and stops it from getting clogged inside of the pipes. The drain protector can be easily removed to empty out the hair and ensures that your water continues to flow freely.

Garden maintenance is vital in preventing a future problem, as leaves and debris can fall into open drains and cause a major blockage in the pipe. Leaves are not the only culprit, as tree roots which are drawn to the nearest source of water can also crack into the pipes over time, causing a blockage.

Toilets regularly block up due to too much toilet paper, sanitary items and even nappies being flushed down them. Young children are often the culprits for toilet problems and have been known to flush a full roll of toilet paper, a toy and even the toilet brush. Dispose of anything other than toilet roll in the bin, otherwise you may find yourself with the inconvenience of a toilet that’s not working properly.