5 Common Causes of Blocked Drains and How to Deal With It

Blocked drains can give you a headache especially if you don’t know what to do with it. It’s going to smell bad, and you won’t be able to perform day to day tasks at home. This can be a hassle during holidays when the kitchen is busy and when you have lots of visitors for the occasion.

What are Common Causes of Blocked Drains?

What can you usually find in a blocked drain? Common things that are found in blocked drainage systems are:

  • Hair
  • Nappies & other toiletries
  • Grease/Fats
  • Foreign Objects
  • Leaves/Tree barks

Hair

Hair fall is natural when taking a bath. Falling hair can build up gradually and will cover the drainage system if not being regularly cleaned.

Toiletries

There are also people who don’t have the idea that throwing tissues, nappies, baby wipes, and other toiletries can hinder the proper flow of water in the toilet.

Grease/Fats

Kitchen sinks are also prone to blocked drains because of grease and fats from foods that are being prepared. Grease can go further into the drainage system and when build up, it can totally block everything.

Foreign Objects

When there are kids at home, expect that toys can be thrown everywhere and it can lead into your drainage systems. Not just kids, but adults can accidentally throw tiny objects such as jewellery into the drains.

Leaves/Tree Barks

Falling leaves and tree barks are other causes of why your drainage system is blocked. Winds can carry the leaves and they might fell right into the drains. A natural phenomenon but it can be something that is easy to deal with.

 

What to do with Blocked Drains?

Blocked drains aren’t really that hard to manage. Here are some things you need to do when your drainage system is blocked.

Plunger

Probably the first thing that comes into our mind when drains are blocked is to use a plunger. A plunger will release a pressure that could suck the object that is obstructing the natural flow of water in the system. The first thing you need to do is to fill the sink with water and use the plunger. Repeat if necessary.

Salt and Vinegar

If you find out that water isn’t draining fast on your sink, you can always use salt and vinegar. These two have acidic properties that can eradicate objects such as grease and fats that are clogging the drainage system.  You may also use the plunger in addition to this solution.

Advanced Anti-Clog Tools

If using a plunger and a chemical solution are not effective to unclog things that are building up in the drainage system, you can always ask the experts. Plumbing specialists are using advanced equipment and technology such as hydro jetting and draining rods to effectively fix blocked drains.

So to avoid future problems, here are some preventive measures in avoiding clogging drains:

  • Cover the drainage area where falling leaves might build up.
  • Clean falling hair in the shower daily.
  • Cover the toilet when not using.
  • Pick up food grains and throw them in the bin instead of throwing them all in the sink.

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