Common Causes of Blocked Drains

A blocked drain can be more than a minor inconvenience, often causing disruption to daily routines and significant repairs. From the kitchen to the bathroom, various factors contribute to blocked drains, each requiring specific action and understanding. Understanding the causes of blocked drains and implementing preventive measures can save you from the stress of dealing with a plumbing disaster.

At Mr Drains, we believe in empowering homeowners with knowledge and effective strategies to tackle common drainage problems. Whether it’s grease build-up in your kitchen sink, hair clogging your shower drain, or tree roots invading sewage lines, understanding these issues is the first step towards maintaining a healthy plumbing system.

Kitchen Culprits – Grease and Fat

One of the leading causes of clogged drainage systems in the kitchen is the accumulation of grease and fat. When these are washed down the sink, they solidify and cling to the pipe walls, gradually causing a significant blockage in pipes.

Prevention Tips:

  • Avoid pouring grease and fat down the drain. Instead, let it cool and dispose of it in the bin.
  • Occasionally you can flush your kitchen sink with boiling water to help dissolve minor grease build-ups.
  • Consider using eco-friendly degreasers for your dishes to minimise fat residue.

Bathroom Battles – Hair and Soap Suds

The combination of hair and soap suds often results in clogged bathroom drains. Hair strands, especially long ones, tangle and trap soap scum, creating dense blockages over time.

Prevention Tips:

  • Install quality drain strainers in showers and sinks to catch hair. 
  • Regularly clean drain strainers to prevent build-up. 
  • Soap scum that has accumulated on the shower floor should also be scrubbed away regularly.

Toiletry Troubles – The Unflushables

Flushing things that shouldn’t go down the toilet is a common cause of sewage blockage. Items like baby wipes, sanitary products, and cotton buds don’t break down easily and can quickly clog pipes. Clearing toilet blockages with a plunger or plumber’s snake should be your first approach when dealing with a clogged toilet.

Prevention Tips:

  • Always dispose of toiletries in the bin instead of flushing them. 
  • Place a reminder sign in the bathroom for guests and children about what shouldn’t be flushed.
  • Educate children about what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet.

Fallen Food Waste – Hidden Hazards

Food remnants, if not properly disposed of, can lead to problems in your dishwasher. Over time, food particles accumulate and can create stubborn blockages.

Prevention Tips:

  • To prevent a dishwasher drain blockage, make sure that food waste is scraped into the bin before starting the washing cycle. 
  • Use dishwasher-safe strainers and clean them regularly.

Plumbing Problems – Broken Pipes

Poorly installed or aged plumbing can lead to a variety of issues, including clogged toilets and sinks. Broken or misaligned pipes create traps for debris, which over time can cause blockages. If you suspect an underground issue, Mr Drains can conduct a CCTV drain inspection to pinpoint the problem.

Prevention Tips:

  • Regularly inspect visible plumbing for signs of damage or wear. 
  • Hire experienced professionals for any plumbing installation or significant repairs. 

Horrendous Hard Water – The Menacing Minerals

In areas with hard water, mineral deposits can accumulate inside pipes, gradually reducing water flow and causing problems.

Prevention Tips:

  • Install a water softener to minimise mineral buildup. 
  • Regularly descale taps and showerheads to prevent mineral deposits from building up.

Troublesome Tree Roots – External Threats

Tree roots blocking drains can be a prevalent issue in leafier suburbs. Roots naturally seek out water sources, often finding their way into tiny cracks in sewer lines, which can lead to significant blockages. In case of root infiltration, Mr Drains can use root-cutting equipment to clear the pipes.

Prevention Tips:

  • Consider root barriers installed by professionals to direct tree root growth away from pipelines.
  • Research root systems and pipe layouts before planting on your property.

Seasonal Sadness – Leaves and Storm Debris

During autumn and after storms, leaves and debris can accumulate in outdoor drains, leading to blockages and overflow issues.

Prevention Tips:

  • Regularly clean gutters and outdoor drains. 
  • Install leaf guards to prevent debris from entering the drainage system.

Expert Solutions for Long-Term Drain Health

By understanding the causes of blocked drains, homeowners can significantly reduce the need for extensive repairs. It’s worth noting that regular occurrences of drain issues may signal a need for professional help and proactive intervention.

Mr Drains is equipped with an array of advanced tools and technology to accurately assess and swiftly address any drainage issues you might encounter. For a consultation or to discuss your drainage concerns, get in touch via our online contact form or call our friendly team at 0437 246 700.