Blocked drains are a common problem that is faced by most homeowners. Not only can it be a nuisance, but it can also be an expensive and time-consuming issue to fix if not dealt with correctly.

Clogged drains and blocked pipes will start as a minor issue, but it can quickly escalate into a major problem. Here we explore the most common causes for blocked drains, including grease and fat, hair, foreign objects, and leaves.

How to prevent blocked drains

A blocked drain can cause slow water drainage, corrosion, flooding and in some extreme cases, sewage backup and costly repairs.

Blocked drains are one of the most common issues for domestic properties, so to help you avoid the unpleasant problem of a blocked drain, here are the 4 most common causes and how to prevent them.

Cause of blocked drains: grease and fat

Fatty substances, such as grease and fat, are known for their sticky properties, so when washed down the sink they will automatically attach to the inside of the pipes and over time clog the drains so much that liquid can no longer pass through.

To help prevent drains becoming blocked by fatty substances, we recommend keeping an eye on the liquids that you choose to wash away. A good way of preventing grease and fat from clogging up your pipes is to instead empty them into an empty tin can to cool down and congeal, which can then be thrown away safely.

Cause of blocked drains: hair

The build-up of hair down a plughole can easily stop water passing through it, which can in turn create a large problem for homeowners. To completely avoid any hair-related blockages, we would recommend that you regularly check for hair in and around the plughole to prevent a build-up.

Cause of blocked drains: foreign objects flushed down the toilet

Not only do household items and waste cause a detrimental effect on contributing to blocked drains – but trees and leaves can too! Make sure to keep your garden free from leaves and debris, as both of these can cause major obstructions in your drainage systems.

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