Blocked drains are a common occurrence, and some might call it the homeowner’s biggest fear, which can strike at any time. There are many possible causes of a blocked drain and while some people tackle the problem themselves, you are advised to call in a drain expert in the event of a partial or total blockage. Here are a few causes of a blocked drain that you probably didn’t know.
- Mineral Build Up– Most people are unaware that the mains water contains a lot of minerals, which can build up over time and can cause a partial blockage and that can quickly turn into a total blockage. Hard water contains more minerals and in some parts of the UK, this build up is a common occurrence. If the worst should happen, 24/7 Drainage Solutions takes care of blocked drains and they are affordable and will have the blockage cleared in no time.
- Tree Roots– You might be surprised to learn that growing tree roots can cause a drain to rupture, or collapse completely. The pressure would be constant and after a while, the side of the drainpipe would give, which at best, would result in a partial blockage – and remember that the tree root will continue to spread, making the problem worse. How would you know it was caused by a tree root? After calling in a drainage expert, who would send down a CCTV go-anywhere camera and this would reveal the problem. A sleeve drain lining might be the best form of repair, depending on the extent of the damage, but either way, a drain blockage expert would have all the solutions. There are a few more things that can clog up your drains which you should definitely check out.
- Dirt – Yes, dirt, the stuff that clings to sport clothing and when thrown into the washing machine, sheds the dirt into the water, which is then sent down the drain and tends to collect in places. If a build-up of dirt finds some human hair, you have the perfect environment to build a complete blockage, and one that will be very difficult to dislodge. Brushing off muddy clothes before putting them in the washing machine can really help reduce the amount of dirt and soil that enters your drainage system.
- Soap – If you think that soap merely dissolves in water, think again, as soap is a major cause of blocked drains. Even a small piece can lodge somewhere, and human hair will bond to this, as will tissue paper, which can form a solid blockage that build up over time. If you install fine wire filters over all plug holes, this will prevent the last of the soap disappearing down the drain.
- Tissue Paper – While it looks like tissue paper dissolves in water, it does not. Once wet, it breaks up into tiny pieces and these will attach themselves to anything. Avoid putting toilet paper down the toilet by placing a plastic foot pedal bin, and you will never have to experience a drain that is blocked by masses of tissue paper.
While some homeowners prefer to tackle a blocked drain themselves, you are advised to call in a drain blockage specialist, who has both the knowledge and the equipment to handle any kind of blockage.