Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2015

Where’s Your Drain At? The Usual Suspects of Blocked Drains

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ToiletNo one likes blocked drains obviously, but it is a relatively common household phenomenon. If identified and managed early on however, they can be fixed fairly easily and prevent more serious issues such as severe water leaks and blockages, as well as damage to electrical fittings.

Consider the following when trying to isolate a blocked drain or a blocked toilet Perth homeowners often face.

The Drain Location

The location of the drain is important when trying to pinpoint the cause of the blockage.

–  When the drain is outdoors, usual causes of blockage include stuck leaves or roots of trees that have accessed your pipes resulting in blocking the normal flow of water. Make sure to regularly tend to your garden and check for buildup of leaves and foliage to prevent them from causing drain blockage issues.

–  When the blocked drain is inside and in the kitchen, usual suspects include grease buildup and food particles that have accumulated in your drain pipes. Before washing dishes, try to scrape off remaining grease instead of just directly washing them away under the sink, so that only a minimal amount of grease will go down the drain.

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–  In the bathroom, blockage causes normally include trapped sanitary items such as tampons and menstrual pads, as well as paper towels, toilet paper, hair, and wet wipes. These objects are difficult to flush out and can lead to a blocked toilet, pipes, and ultimately drains. Consider placing a trash bin in your bathroom where you can place the used items instead of flushing them down the toilet.

In the event that your drain issue still persists even after you’ve performed the necessary cleaning and maintenance requirements, get help from professional plumbing services. They implement specific techniques and use special tools to expertly assess your drainage issues and consequently fix the problem. They can also educate you on effective preventive measures so you won’t have to worry about waking up at the ungodly hour of 3 AM to a blocked toilet.