Drain Blockage

Identifying the Causes of Drain Blockage

Blocked drains are a prevalent problem and they create a significant inconvenience for people. Over-flowing or backed up drains create a massive mess in the property, which could also cause serious health risks. But you need to keep in mind that these blocked aren’t created overnight.

Blocked drains generally consist of food particles, dirt, tree roots, soap, and items that might have accidentally fallen into the drain. These things are the main reason for a blocked drain. We at SPS Plumbers know from experience that timely intervention helps you avoid expensive and troublesome fixes.

People usually tend to overlook very evident signs of a blocked drain. Due to this, the problem seems to worsen over time.

The Causes

Let’s look at what causes drains to block in the first place:

  • Tree Root Growth in Drains– It is one of the most common plumbing issues. The plant roots enter tiny, hairline cracks in an outdoor pipe, in search of water. They then start entering the fittings too. The minute they enter the pipes, they start feeding on the nutrients from the water and grow and form a net, which indirectly blocks the drain.
  • Items Stuck inside Pipes– Items like baby wipes, toilet paper, hair, sanitary products, toilet deodorant holders, etc. can easily pass through these pipes. But they often tend to get stuck in the bends and junctions of the pipes, causing a blockage.
  • Pipe Collapse– There are instances where the plumbing pipes get misaligned. Sometimes the pipes collapse entirely, due to external forces like pressure exerted from large tree roots or ground movement.
  • Dysfunctional Toilet Cisterns– If the cistern isn’t working as it should, it means there will be a low water flow in the toilet.
  • Incorrect Drainage System Installations – The drain has to have a slight slope for it to function well. If there is plateauing, the debris and food remnants can start to accumulate in that area. If there are too many bends and joints, those can pose a problem as well.

Warning Signs of a Drain Blockage

There are several reasons for blocked drains. However, there are numerous early warning signs. Knowing what these are can help you become aware of an impending drain block. Things to look out for include:

  • You hear gurgling sounds, after flushing the toilet.
  • The water level in sink, bath or drains flows out very slowly
  • Sometimes, the water backs up in the toilet bowl or sinks
  • Foul smells in the bathroom & other indoor areas 

If you have noticed any of these signs, do not delay in calling a licensed and experienced plumber like us. We handle all types of big and small plumbing jobs, expertly and cost-effectively. For any information about our plumbing solutions, feel free to call SPS Plumbers on 02 9002 7332, and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill the contact us form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.