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Top 5 Reasons Your Drains Are Blocked - And How To Prevent This

September 06, 2016

Blocked drainscan be a real pain! They can cause unsightly overflows, awful odours, and potential health risks. Said simply, blocked drains are one big inconvenience for your home. So what actually causes blocked drains and how can we prevent them in the future? Lucky for you, those are the exact questions that this article answers. Here are the top 5 reasons that your drains are blocked and how to prevent it. 

  1. THE INVASION OF FOREIGN OBJECTS

The unfortunate thing about sinks and drains is that they’re just big enough to fit everyday items that don’t belong down there. Soap, jewellery and even the kids’ toys can all end up down the drain. Occasionally, people even treat their drains as a rubbish disposal and decide to flush their food scraps. When you drop your belongings down the drain they can find themselves lodged down there, causing dangerous blockages and substantial damage. To prevent this, remove jewellery when washing and take away small toys during bath time. Be careful around sinks and dispose of your rubbish correctly. 

  1. PLANT PROBLEMS

Trees, roots and leaves are all prime suspects in household blockages. Roots in your garden will seek out moisture and sometimes they can crawl into your drains and cause blockages or even pipe cracking! A big enough mass of falling leaves can also block your drains, so make sure you keep an eye on any cracks or leakages in your pipes, especially in autumn. 

  1. THERE’S HAIR DOWN THERE!

Hair. It falls from your head and your body when you wash yourself, and it all heads straight down the drain. When it accumulates in large enough quantities, your excess hair can cause a blockage in your plumbing. Prevent a build-up of water by investing in a device for the base of your shower, bath or sink that stops hair in its tracks before it reaches the drains. 

  1. THE TROUBLE WITH TOILETRIES

The trend of people flushing nappies, baby wipes, sanitary pads, and more down the toilet has grown in recent times and I would bet that blockages are on the rise too. Nappies are great for your baby because they’re absorbent so think of what they do once they enter your drains. Make sure you dispose of your toiletries correctly to prevent further blockages.

  1. THE GREASE AND FAT TRAP

It’s a trap! Don’t pour that excess cooking oil down the sink or in the toilet. Grease and fat don’t slide through your drains like water, they cling to the inside of your pipes. This results in a build-up that is sure to result in blockages. After fat solidifies you can throw it in your rubbish, and if it doesn’t solidify place it in a recyclable bottle and dispose of it correctly. 

If you’ve got blocked drains or any plumbing issue or emergency, it’s best to get it attended to by theexpertsContact the master plumbers at Hebbard today: 08 8294 5400, and get rid of the problem right away.

 

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