Our drains take a lot of punishment. Whether it’s food stuffed down our plugholes or wet wipes getting caught up in our toilets, your home’s drainage system can only take so much before it finally runs into costly and pretty foul-smelling problems. A blocked drain can be a real nuisance and if left to exacerbate, you could end up putting your health and home at risk.
However, your drains might be struggling and you may literally have no idea that a problem is occurring until it’s too late. With this in mind, it’s important to realise the signs in order to give you enough time to get in touch with a professional drain unblocker.
Yet, aside from simply clearing the blockages, you may be wondering what a plumbing professional can do to ensure that your drains remain clean and clear. With this in mind, we’ve put together this handy guide on the causes and issues of a blocked drain and what to do when the homemade drain cleaner isn’t cutting the mustard.
What causes a clogged drain
A drain blockage can be caused by a whole host of reasons, both through human error or just plain bad luck. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the most common culprits.
Arguably one of the main culprits when it comes to blocked drains, food items that contain high levels of grease and fat can wreak havoc on your drainage system. This is primarily down to the fact that many of us incorrectly assume that our plugholes are simply another waste disposal shoot for us to scrape our food waste into.
Unfortunately, although fat and grease go down the sink as a liquid, they quickly solidify, sticking the sides of the pipe and ensnaring any other foods that you might be trying to rid yourself of. This is becoming such a problem in London’s sewage system that giant fatbergs made of food waste are developing under the streets, causing a fortune in repairs.
One of the other main ingredients of these gigantic fatbergs are the various toiletries we flush down the loo, with wet wipes being one of the biggest offenders. Items such as these don’t disperse in water in the same way as toilet paper and instead, sit in the drain and block it.
Trees and leaves
Of course, there are ways that a drain can block that aren’t primarily down to bad maintenance. It’s not uncommon, for example, to find a build-up of compressed leaves blocking up drains connected to the outside of your home.
Trees can also be a real problem if left to grow to close to your home sewage system. The tree’s roots will invariably grow to where moisture is present and can easily crack pipes and clog drains.
One of the most infamous reasons for a clogged sink or drain is hair. Unless you’veinstalled a hair catcher in your shower or bath plughole, be prepared to either dredge up a matted ball of gross-looking hair or live with a drain that will become increasingly bad at draining water.
What are the signs of subpar drainage
Of course, the best way to stop your drain from blocking is to use your system correctly. However, if you think that you might be dealing with a blockage, there are a few telling signs to look out for so you can catch the problem before it grows any worse.
Of course, the primary job of drains is to get rid of wastewater. Because of this, if you’re noticing that the water in your sink or bath basin is draining slower than you would expect, this is a sure sign of a problem.
Probably one of the most noticeable, and most disgusting side effects of a blocked drain is the foul-smelling odour it emits. Blockages are usually created by food getting caught up in the pipes and, if left to sit there, the food waste will invariably start to decompose, creating a nasty smell that will make its way back up the pipe.
It’s important to keep an ear out for any unusual noises your drains or plugholes are making as this could be a sign that they’re suffering from a blockage. The usual noise you would expect to hear from a clogged drain is a gurgling sound as water drains.
This gurgling noise is caused by excess trapped air in the drain caught by the blockage escaping as water moves down the pipe.
Signs of damp
A slightly more serious issue, if you’re noticing signs of damp around your property that are connected to the piping you could be dealing with a blockage that has damaged your piping. If this isn’t sorted, penetrating damp and wet rot can cause genuine problems around your home.
If you’re noticing any of these issues, it’s important to get a specialist in as soon as possible. By leaving it, you are risking the chance of your sewage making its way back up out the drains, causing flood damage and a genuine risk to human health.
Is it time to call a plumber?
Sometimes, a clogged drain just isn’t going to budge, meaning it’s time to call in the professionals. A specialist drain unclogger has a range of equipment and techniques at their disposal to both clear out the blockage and ensure it doesn’t happen again, as long as you’re treating your drains well of course.
For starters, a lot of qualified plumbers offer a 24-hour call-out service for emergency situations. This can be especially useful if your blockage has reached critical levels and is wreaking havoc on your property.
Also, as you can see, a blocked drain can be caused by a host of different factors, meaning no two blockages are quite the same. With this in mind, having a professional on hand to diagnose the issue and rectify it can pay dividends.
Finally, it should be noted that a professional drain unclogger has much more at their disposal than a simple plunger and drain auger. Experts in the industry have begun utilising drain cameras to inspect the issue and to carry out surveys on a system’s health and, for those especially large and stubborn blockages, plumbers can employ high pressure jetting methods to completely clear out any especially inconvenient blockages.
Keep your drains running smoothly with Your local Plumbing Network
Dealing with a blocked drain, clogged toilet or smelly plughole can be a real pain in the neck and, as you can see, a potentially costly issue. If you’re struggling with a drain clog that just won’t budge, it’s time to call in the professionals at Your Local Plumbing network.
Helping countless happy customers throughout the North West of England to rid themselves of this inconvenient problem, our team of drainage experts are on hand to flush out anything that could be causing an issue.
Also, along with our drainage clearing service, we’ll thoroughly inspect your system to ascertain the specific issue so that you never have to deal with it again.
Our services don’t stop there, however, as our team of highly qualified plumbers are more than happy to tackle a range of plumbing jobs, from boiler and central heating repairs to bathroom and shower repairs.
If you’re still looking for a quality plumber in the North West, give Your Local Plumber a call on 03303320630 for a no charge 24-hour call out or visit our website for more information.