A blocked drain can be a real annoyance, especially if it happens on a regular basis. What could be the cause of constant drain blockage, however? You may be surprised to learn that there are a lot of common causes; some of which can be prevented in order to stop your drain from being blocked. Let’s take a look at some of the most common, yet widely unknown causes of a blocked drain!
1. Hair From the Plug Holes
This is high up on the list, because it is so common. Plumbers get called out on a regular basis due to drains that have been blocked with hair. You may not realise exactly how much hair your shedding when you have a shower or bath, but it can be a huge amount. Big families and groups of housemates will find this to be a reason for their drain blocking on a regular basis. Luckily, there are ways to stop this from happening; such as removing hair from the plug after every bath and shower.
Did you know that a storm could cause a blockage in your drain? Heavy rain, fallen branches and even leaves can wreak havoc on your water system. You can’t prevent a storm from happening, but you can prevent it from having such an impact. Make sure that all of your drains have proper storm covers that are sealed, in order to stop them from being battered by the wind and rain. This will also stop bits of twigs, leaves and other debris from falling down the drain and creating a blockage. If you do end up with a blocked drain due to a storm then look for a local expert, such as Essex Drain Service, to clear out the debris.
3. Foreign Objects Down the Toilet
Anyone that has children will experience this type of drain issue in their life! Foreign objects down the toilet are an extremely common cause of a blocked drain and can provide a great source of business for plumbers. You should already know the things that can, and cannot, go down the toilet, but make sure your children know, as well. This includes things such as sanitary towels and make-up wipes, as well as nappies or too much toilet paper. If you’re in any doubt whether it can be flushed away then wrap it up and dispose of it in the bin, instead.
4. Fat and Grease
A huge reason for blocked drains is the amount of fat and grease we pour down our sinks every day. After we’ve finished cooking it seems second nature to tip the frying pan or cooking pots down the sink before cleaning them. Stop! This can cause big problems when it comes to your drains and pipes; one that can be a nuisance to solve. Instead of tipping fat and grease down the sink, put it into a jar or container and throw it in the bin. This will save you a fortune in plumbing costs!
5. Faulty Pipe Installation
Finally, it can simply be that the pipes running through your home are faulty; this is more common than you might think. Perhaps the previous homeowner tried a DIY job, or just didn’t hire in a very good plumber for the job. If you’re in rented accommodation then it is down to the landlord or landlady to make sure the plumbing is in good shape. If you own then it’s time to give your local plumber a call!
Did you know all five of these blocked drain causes? Perhaps there’s something you do, mentioned above, which you need to change. Be being as vigilant as possible you can ensure that blocked drains are never an issue you have to deal with!