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What Are the Reasons For Blocked Drains?


Blocked drains are found in most homes at some point or the other. This is not only time consuming but can prove to be very expensive if it is not fixed in time and not addressed correctly.

Here Are Some Common Reasons For Blocked Drains:

1. Grease and fat are usually poured down the kitchen sink. These are sticky and so they attach themselves to the walls of the pipes and slowly they clog the drain so much that not even liquid can pass through. Therefore, in order to prevent this, liquids should not be washed down the drain.

2. Hair, when it builds up inside the plug, prevents water from passing through. There are different products which are available and these should be used to trap hair before it can reach the plug hole. This way, blockages can be prevented. Also, accumulation of the hair shall be checked regularly, both in and around the plug hole.

3. Foreign objects which get deposited over time in the drain can clog it up and prevent water from flowing. These foreign objects are like soap, nappies or sanitary items. One should check to see what is being flushed down the toilet. The toilet seat should be always covered when there are kids around as they tend to flush their toys down the drain.

4. Baby items and toilet papers are known to clog drains. Toilet paper tends to stick together and it gets attached to anything that is in the drain pipe and therefore, it causes obstructions in it. Nappies are meant to hold liquids so when these are flushed down the drain, these expand to the maximum and so these get too big and get stuck in the drain which results in complete clogging.

5. Trees as well as leaves obstruct the drain. In addition to it, the tree roots search for sources of water and enter into the pipe and thus they cause the pipe to crack or they block the pipe by entering into it.

In order to prevent blockages, you should be careful of what goes in to the drain. If this is not checked regularly, it could result in water which is foul smelling, leaks on roofs, ceilings and walls and also damage to electrical wiring and fittings.

In order to keep the kitchen drain clog free, whatever is on the plates should be scraped before putting it in the sink. Enough soap and detergent shall be used so that the oil and grease is broken down. Grease should be poured in a container, allowed to cool and solidify and then chucked in the bin.

Bathrooms and toilets should not have small objects placed on the flush as there are chances of it falling into the toilet. Nappies, tampons, face wipes and even toilet paper should be placed in the bin and not flushed.

Leaves and garden waste shall not be washed into the drain, but should be swept and the compost heap should be created far away from the drain.

Vent pipes should be checked to see nothing is blocking it as birds and small animals tend to make nests on the open vent pipes due to the warmth. One should also check the gulp valves under sinks. These prevent sewer gases from escaping the drain but they allow air into the vent pipe if there is vacuum and suction created.

If there are slope problems, then a plumber’s snake need to be used to remove blockages and then the pipe is needed to be flushed out. A pipe with the correct slope is then needed to be installed by a professional.

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