It may be useful to know the common causes of drain blockage
- Sanitary products, cotton buds or baby wipes put down the toilet
- Grease or fat put down kitchen sink
- Hair clogging the bath or shower drain
- Children; not falling in, but dropping toys or, say, car keys down the toilet.
- Dead leaves gathering round any drain or drain cover will find their way into the drain
- And, possibly the most expensive to resolve are collapsed drains often caused by tree roots seeking out a nutrient rich source of water.
The obvious way to prevent a blockage then is to prevent these items finding their way in into a drain
- Keep a waste bin in the bathroom for all sanitary waste products
- Properly scrape plates, pans and crockery before washing
- When washing dishes use a detergent to break down oils and fats.
- Regularly clean hair from shower and bath waste traps. Ensure the trap allows this to be done easily.
- Keep external drains, gutters and down pipes clear of debris and other vegetation
- Unfortunately Children and Tree roots are less easily monitored.
Symptoms of a possible blockage
- Gurgling sound, its’ trapped air forcing its way up through the water draining away.
- Slow draining sinks, toilets, baths and showers
- The water level in the toilet rising higher than usual and also falling lower than usual
- Bad or sulphurous smells emanating from drains.