If your drain is outside it will most likely have been caused by a build-up of dead leaves, garden materials, or even tree roots which can find their way into pipes and cause a barrier to the flow of water. If it’s an indoor blockage, it could have occurred because of heavy materials or objects being flushed down into the drain. Blocked drains are often caused by sanitary products, paper towels or other hard to flush materials that can clog pipes and obstruct drains. Wipes, tissues, and even hair can also be the culprits.
Again, if blocked drains in the toilet or bathroom are a problem, it’s usually due to the items you flush down your toilet. If on the other hand, it’s a kitchen drain that is blocked, it could be because of food particles, grease and other debris that is washed into the pipes from your kitchen sink or washer. These can cause significant blockages that may require a professional drainage engineer. If you think you may have one of these problems then give our contact centre a call on 0333 3443161.
There are steps you can take to prevent blockages from happening, and these should be part of your everyday household routine. If you’re careful about what goes into your drains and what lies around them, you’ll be able to avoid some of the unpleasant side effects of blocked drains, including:
The most important thing you can do to prevent drains from becoming blocked in the first place is to monitor the waste that goes down your drain pipes on a regular basis. For kitchens, this means scraping plates thoroughly to ensure food does not go down drains, and using adequate soaps and detergents to break down the grease and oil used in cooking. Don’t pour grease directly down the drain; if possible pour it into a container, wait for it to cool and throw it in the bin. If you must pour it into the drain, always follow with a blast of cold water as this solidifies the grease and stops it from clinging to pipes, thus preventing blocked drains.
In the bathroom, avoid dropping any foreign objects down drains as these will quickly collect other debris such as hair and cause a block. Nappies, tampons, face wipes, and cotton wool should be placed in the bin and not flushed down the toilet where they may get jammed in narrow pipes and cause an overflow of water. Using excessive amounts of toilet paper can also be a common factor in drains becoming blocked, so ensure you are using just enough each time.
It goes without saying that you should always try to keep the drains in your yard free from leaves, foliage or any other garden waste which could be washed into the drain and cause an obstruction. Sweeping your garden regularly and using a compost heap for leaves is one way of preventing external drains from becoming blocked and requiring professional drain unblocking.
If blocked drains become a problem, you may need to get a professional drainage engineer out to pinpoint the cause and alleviate the blockage. There are certain techniques a drainage expert will use to diagnose the problem, including CCTV to inspect awkward and hard to reach drains to see what has blocked the flow of water. They can also give you advice to help you prevent this from happening again.
TWC Drain Care have a specialised workforce who can handle all issues with blocked drains, and offer a range of services related to drainage in your home. If you are suffering with any of the signs above, give us a call and we would be happy to send out one of our fully trained engineers to resolve the problem.