As drainage specialists, we are trained to provide an effective and efficient response to blocked and damaged drains. Whether affecting a domestic property, a public convenience setting, or a commercial block of offices, blocked drains require a quick response in order to minimise the damage and cost of the issue.
With blocked drains in London a regular occurrence, this blog talks through some of the most common causes – and the number 1 most damaging substances which is so often overlooked by property managers and homeowners alike.
Spotting a Blocked Drain
If your drain or pipes become blocked, there are a handful of hallmark symptoms that you might start to recognise or experience throughout your home.
The first – and one of the most obvious for many clients – is the aroma which follows a blocked drain. When waste starts to build up and ceases to flow effectively, drainage sites such as plugholes, toilets and sinks throughout your home will start to exhibit an unpleasant smell.
Gurgling pipes is another symptom that many homeowners will start to notice as blockages impact the drainage within their pipes, while slow-draining plugholes and sinks solidify the underlying issue. In most cases, it is a combination of these symptoms that will see a client or homeowner call on their local drainage services provider for advice and a full unblocking service.
But what causes these blockages – and is the number one biggest cause of blocked drains something that could be causing havoc in your own drainage system?
Top Causes of a Blocked Drain in London
There are countless things which can cause blocked drains. Keeping your drainage network flowing freely is as much about regularly flushing the network and engaging in a drainage maintenance service, as it is about avoiding certain items from being flushed down into the drainage system.
Cleaning and skincare wipes, sanitary products, and leftover food can all cause blockages if they are allowed to build up within the pipe network.
Similarly, hair can cause unimaginable damage if you are someone whose hair regularly sheds in the shower – as these seemingly innocent clumps get mixed with other debris in your drainage pipes and can create damaging blocks.
Do You Actively Remove This ONE Substance?
And finally, the number one cause of blocked drains that we promised at the start of this blog – and it’s one that most of us don’t even think about as we allow it to flow down the drain.
Cooking oils from the kitchen may run freely down the sink from your hot pan, but as they make their way through the drainage network they start to cool and solidify – starting new build-ups of debris and waste wherever they harden.
To prevent these from running into your drains and instigating new problematic builds up of food and debris, catch your cooking oils by lining the plughole with clingfilm. Pour the oil atop the cling film, then secure the residue oil as a small sack of oil and dispose of it accordingly.
And don’t worry, you can thank us later!