The Most Common Reasons of Blocked Drains

The Most Common Reasons of Blocked Drains

Almost all of us have dealt with a blocked drain problem at one time or the other. It can be extremely unpleasant to find yourself standing in a pool of dirty water when you are bathing or dealing with a backup in the kitchen sink. Most people believe that these are sudden problems, but that is a misconception.

Drain blocks are definitely a plumbing emergency, but the problem is never sudden. In fact, there are always warning signs that the problem is going to occur. But most people tend to use a plunger on and off and then forget about the issue completely. This neglect is exactly what causes the problem to surface, seemingly out of the blue. It doesn’t take long for debris, food particles etc. to accumulate in the drain pipes, ultimately causing a complete blockage.

We at SPS Plumbers provide the most reliable and prompt emergency plumbing services to commercial and residential clients across the region. We know from experience that these problems are cumulative in nature and that they can easily be prevented by getting regular preventive plumbing maintenance done. We provide these services as required.

As part of our preventive maintenance solutions, we also like to keep our clients informed about different types of problems and their causes. Let’s take a look at what the most common reasons of blocked drains are. Having this information is of the best ways to ensure that you take steps to avoid these problems from occurring:

Blocked Drains– The Causes

  • Foreign Objects and Hair- There are times when certain objects get accidentally dropped into the drains. Some of the common things that tend to slide into the pipes include small jewelry, soap or even small toys etc. Hair is the other common reason for drain blockages. It is a good idea to place drain covers that help prevent hair from escaping into the drains.
  • Food Particles And Grease- In kitchens, the food, debris and cooking fat and greasy foods are discarded in the drains. These items build up and cause severe blockages.
  • Tree Roots- Aside from all the things mentioned above, one of the other commonest reasons of blocked drains are tree roots. The roots of trees in your landscaping sometimes find their way in through cracks in the underground drain. Over time the roots thrive and form a mesh in which the food particles, debris, hair etc. become trapped. Ultimately, this blockage becomes so severe that it prevents the water from flowing into the drain, causing a backflow in your house.

As a company that has been operating in this industry for a very long time, we know exactly how to deal with all types of minor and major drain blockages. We use the latest CCTV drain cameras and other equipment in our work in order to identify the exact location of the blockage. This helps us provide effective and appropriate solutions to your problem. For any more information about our services, feel free to call SPS Plumbers on 02 9002 7332 and our email is You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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