Blocked drains are common in every household. They are unpleasant, inconvenient and stressful to handle. They can be caused by a number of factors and there are some common causes.
Hair is a very common issue particularly in bathtubs and showers. Hair tends to collect and become tangled under water. Due to its texture, hair can snag and get caught on the rough edges inside the pipe. As a result, they can build up and end up blocking the pipe.
Leaves and debris cause serious issues and can be quite hard to control. Leaves can easily make their way into pipes and cause serious blockages. These can lead to flooding and further damage to your property. Moreover, roots can make their way into the pipes as they grow along the inside. Further damage can be caused from breakages and fractures.
Although it is common knowledge that not much can be flushed down a toilet, many people still dispose of nappies and sanitary products this way. Toilet blockages can be tiresome and cumbersome but can be avoided by being sensible about what is flushed away.
Kitchen sinks become the dumping ground for all sorts of foods and grease that tend to cling to the insides of a pipe. Due to the sticky and slimy nature of the substances, a build-up is easy. This means not much else can move through the pipe, including water.
It is important to look after all drains and pipes in order to prevent blockages. Any blocked drains should be dealt with immediately. Broken drains or burst pipes can be expensive to mend due to the tricky access to them.
Being careful about what you dispose through waste pipes is the first step in prevention. Taking the right steps in avoiding your drains and pipes from becoming clogged and damaged in the first place will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Plug screens of different shapes and sizes can be easily found. They prevent debris and other materials from accessing the drain. On top of this, it is very important to clean all plugs and drains regularly. All hair and other substances should be removed from drains every single time the kitchen sink or shower is used.
For smaller clogs or for regular maintenance, use a drain un-blocker. If smaller blockages are ignored, they will attract and collect other debris and substances over time. This may result in more costly blockages.
If the blockages are big and have caused damage, it may be a good idea to seek professional help. Tackling the problem yourself may temporarily solve the problem. On the other hand, you may end up making the problem worse. Professionals can help solve the issue quickly and also give useful advice for the future. Getting a yearly check on all drains and pipes could save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.
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