Blocked drains are common in homes and businesses throughout the Wellington area, and can be incredibly frustrating when they happen to you.
To add blocked drains can also cause serious damage to your property. When a drain backs up, pooling water can damage your floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings. You may also experience a foul odour coming from the water. Left unchecked, water damage can cause mould and mildew which is proven to pose as a serious health risk to you and your family. Mould and mildew can also be incredibly difficult to get rid of.
So what causes blocked drains? There are numerous caused of blocked drains and they all end in the same result of having no smooth water flow. Here is an overview of the most common causes of blockages in Wellington and some tips on what you can do to prevent them.
Tree Roots Many people fail to realise that tree roots spread out as far as the branches do and in some cases even further. If you have large trees you will have large roots. Tree roots are often under estimated yet they are powerful enough to puncture pipes and cause cracks and blockages. TIP: When planting trees on your property, it’s important to take into consideration the layout of your pipes. This way you can plant your trees far enough away to avoid any threat to your pipe network. Don’t forget to consider the size of the tree when full grown.
Cooking fat Although we are all guilty of putting fat or grease down the sink from time to time, it really is a practice that should always be avoided. As the fat cools it congeals on the inside of your pipe and can partially or fully block the pipe over time preventing drainage. TIP: Disposing of fat can easily be done by pouring into an old food tin or other heat resistant container. Once cooled it can be safely placed in to your general rubbish bin for disposal.
Hair People lose an average of 100 hairs per day with most coming out during showering as you wash your hair. Depending on how many people use the shower depends on how fast the build up of hair in you pipes causing slow water flow and blockages. TIP: Unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done to prevent your hair falling out but you can purchase a drain catcher from your local hardware store that can be easily placed over the drain to catch any hair for easy disposal.
Personal care products Baby wipes, makeup remover pads, towelettes and feminine care products often state that they are flushable but we highly recommend that you don’t get into the habit of flushing them. These items can easily get lodged in your pipes and because they don’t break down can cause stubborn blockages that can be difficult to remove. TIP: even if the product states its flushable, you can protect your pipes buy disposing them in your general rubbish instead. The only product that should be flushed other than normal urine or faecal matter is toilet paper.
Foreign objects Toddlers and small children seem to find toilets attractive and love to put their toys into the water for a swim or those attractive bowl cleaners to see what happens if they are flushed. Depending on the item that is flushed, you can also run the risk of pipes cracking causing even more damage. TIP: Educate young children about acceptable toilet behaviour ensuring they understand that the toilet is not a place for their toys. Changing from clip on bowl cleaners to gel can help avoid an unnecessary blockage.
Spouting/gutters Wellington is famous for its wind and this in turn can cause leaves and other debris to accumulate in your spouting and gutters. Build up of leaves and debris can make its way down in to your drains resulting in blockages. TIP: Prevention is the key. It’s a good idea to clean out your gutter regularly especially after a storm. Keeping your gutters and spouting clear will enable them to do their job more effectively. If your having difficulty clearing your gutters or spouting, you can hire someone to do the task for you.
Act now to prevent blocked drains!
If you have blocked or slow flowing drains in the Wellington region, Drain Doctor can help. We employ the latest techniques to eliminate blockages in your pipes. With our regular maintenance service you can make blocked drains a thing of the past.
To find out more about this quick permanent solution to your drain problems or to get a free quote, call us today on 0800 564 526