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What Are the Common Causes of Blocked Up Drains?

What Are the Common Causes of Blocked Up Drains?

Most of the people might have experienced some kind of blockage within their home. This is perhaps the most common and annoying problem faced by many house owners. A clogged drain is generally the blockage in the drain pipes that are attached to your space through bathrooms, toilets and kitchen.

The signs or symptoms of a blockage can be:

When water fills up into the sink and takes more time to flush away

When it takes a while for the water level to draw back to the normal level

When you observe a unusual gurgling sound from the plug hole

When you notice some bad smell or odor from your drain.

It is very essential to act as soon as you suspect that you have a blocked drain. It will increase the health risks as harmful bacteria may grow up in the blocked drain. Apart from risk to your health, it can also cause structural damage, damage to your building’s wiring and ultimately damage your property.

Some common probable causes of such blockages can be:

Trees roots and leaves: Sometimes, leaves and the tree roots that are drawn to the nearest source of water can crack into the drainage pipes, resulting into a clogged drain. These can be found in abundance in your drains, which ultimately block the pipes.

Grease and fat: This is one of the most common causes of blockage. The kitchen waste containing fatty substances, which when washed down the sinks get stuck to the inside of the pipes. Gradually, it builds up to a high level that no more liquid can pass through it, which causes blockage.

Hair: Building up of hair overtime can also cause a large problem for you. If you’ll not pay close attention and blockage is not cleared quickly, the drainage problem can appear to be worsened.

Foreign objects or debris: A blocked drainage can also be the result of flushed down of foreign objects knowingly or unknowingly. Materials such as soaps, toilet deodorant block holders, baby wipes, sanitary products, food buildup, etc get caught between the drainpipe and the pipes. At first it may not block the drain completely, but over the time the collected materials will prevent the water from flowing freely and could eventually cause the drain to block.

Heavy rains or storms: Due to heavy rains or storms, the outside drains may become blocked. The rain containing leaves, dirt and other materials may buildup into the drain and results into blockage. If not cleaned on time, the blocked drains can cause flooding and may damage your property.

Broken pipes: If a pipe is broken, there are chances that the drainage may get blocked. The most common cause of broken pipes is wrong or poor installation, tree roots, etc. The broken pipe may prevent the water from flowing freely and ultimately it blocks the drainage system.

By maintaining a regular check on your drainage system, you will be able to identify the early signs that indicate that you may have a blocked drain. If you act at the right stage, you could avoid a worsen situation.

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