Blocked drains are one of the most common issues that arise in both residential and commercial premises. Whether it is the toilet, basin, shower, or sink, a blocked drain can be extremely inconvenient. From Algester to Yeronga, we’ve seen our fair share of blockages as one of Brisbane’s longest running blocked drain specialists. While we’ve seen a few surprising causes, most blocked drains tend to be the result of a relatively small range of reasons.
Below are some of the most common causes of a blocked drain. Knowing what to look out for can help you take some measures to prevent a blocked drain in the first place.
When washing the dishes, grease, fats and oils may begin to accumulate in the pipes and eventually cause a blockage. If you have a particularly greasy pan, it’s best to pour off any excess oil into a small sealable container (like a milk bottle or cream carton) and dispose of it with your regular household waste rather than pouring it down the sink. Then, give the pan a wipe out with a piece of paper towel before washing your dishes in hot soapy water – the detergent will keep any remaining oil in suspension.
Greenery: Leaves, twigs and garden debris
The falling leaves off the trees can easily accumulate in pipes and stormwater drains, especially during heavy rainfall. To prevent blockages and potential flooding, keep your gutters, clear of leaf litter and ensure you clear away any drain grates to that water can drain away freely. Another common cause for a blocked drain is tree roots. This is particularly common cause for a blocked drain in leafy suburbs like Algester or New Farm. Hairline fractures in wastewater pipes will release moisture that attracts tree roots. As the roots continue to grow, it leads to further cracking of the pipes and eventually obstruction of water flow. Preventing this from happening can be a real challenge. It’s best to have the blockage dealt with by an expert like the team at Blockaroo who can resurface the inside of the pipes to prevent the problem from recurring.
Foreign items are a really common cause of blockage for toilets and bathroom sinks and showers. We will commonly find a build up of soap scum, tissues and paper towels, “flushable” wipes (which definitely shouldn’t be flushed!) and various other sanitary items. A number of these are pretty easy fixes – if it’s not toilet paper, don’t flush it, bin it.
Hair is pretty common cause of blocked drains. Long hair in particular will clog up a shower or bathroom sink drain very quickly. To avoid this, you should always pick up strands of hair after bathing, combing, or showering. We’d also recommend taking the drain cover off every now and then and taking a look – if you can see hair starting to collect, remove it and pop it in the bin.
While a blocked drain can often be dealt with easily by removing the visible blockage or by using commercial drain cleaners, sometimes the problem can require a little more work. If you’re in Brisbane and struggling with a blocked drain anywhere from Algester to Yeronga, Blockaroo is here for you. Don’t let a small issue turn into a big problem, give our team a call. We’ll help you diagnose the root cause using CCTV cameras and offer you the best solution to both remove the blockage and repair any drain damage to prevent the issue recurring.
To get your clogged drains and pipes fixed, contact Blockaroo today. We have a team of highly professional and well-experienced technicians who offer a no-fuss service, 1 hour emergency response and a full guarantee on all work completed.