If blocked drains plague the home and reoccur despite drain un-blockers, sink and toilet plungers, a plumber is what you need. Ignoring blocked drains can have detrimental effects on the property, costing more money in the long-term.
Blocked drains are a nuisance, and if you do not deal with them promptly, they can cause damage to the home and to appliances, leading to expensive bills.
Problems Caused by Blocked Drains
Some of the issues experienced by residents caused by blocked drains include:
- Development of an offensive odour in the room where the drains are clogged
- Flooding: Water can overflow from the kitchen sink, washing machine, toilet or bath. This can cause water damage to flooring or even the structure of the building.
- Infection risk: If toilet water backs up, it is infected by thousands of bacterium and can cause illness. Professional clean up is required.
- Electrical appliances may suffer damage from water that has no outlet (example, washer dryers). Wiring can be spoiled and represents a fire hazard
- Fractured pipes: Water pressure from blocked drains can lead to pipework fractures.
Drain Clearance and Repair
Professional plumbers provide a drain unblocking service. They can do a blocked drain inspection with a camera pushed up the drain to capture the damage, identify access points and determine the best course of action.
Drains can be unblocked with high-pressure water jets or with a rod that is inserted into the pipe to remove the obstruction. You can also replace sections of pipework if necessary.
Emptying all waste foods, grease and other items into the trash can stops it going where it does not belong. You can place used cooking oil in a container and then throw it away, rather than pouring it down the drain. Using a net in the sink can capture any small crumbs that remain.
Flushing baking soda and hot water through the drains regularly can help keep them clear.
For problem drains, an annual maintenance check by plumbers could keep them and the property in good condition.