Blocked Drains Causes
Blocked Drains is something no one plans on having, they can be very unpleasant and unhygienic. Here are some of the factors that cause Blocked Drains and Sewers.
In times of drought just like animals and humans, trees become dehydrated and try to source water from the ground. They can wrap their roots around pipes in the ground and strangle any water or condensation from them. This causes either of the following problems for the pipe. Blocking up internally or wrapping around the outside and damaging the exterior. Take a look at the video below to see a tree root blocking a pipe.
Cakes of soap are a common item that people shove down drains thinking they will dissolve and disappear. This can cause common blockages in bathrooms along with jewellery, nappies, sanitary items, wet wipes, children’s toys and last but not least, hair. Over time, hair can build up in the shower drain causing blocked drains & sewers which can be a huge issue.
Home Builders and Tradies
During a bathroom, kitchen or laundry renovation we quite often get calls for Blocked Drains & Sewers. Customers are sometimes confused as to how their brand new bathroom can be blocking up already. We see far too often occasions where home handymen and inexperienced trades have disposed of their grout waste, paint and concrete down the overflow gully. The overflow gully has a vital role in the plumbing of the house and must be kept clean and clear at all times. If the concrete and building waste sets and dries within the floor, the entire waste system needs to be pulled up and re-done. A potentially huge job for a very simple problem that can be easily avoided.
Grease & Fat
Kitchen drains quite often build up with cooking fats and oils that do not wash down. This can cause Blocked Drains & Sewers as well as bad smells.