Blocked drains are common occurrences in homes and businesses throughout the Greater Sydney area, and can be incredibly frustrating when they happen to you. On top of that frustration, blocked drains can also cause serious damage to your property.
When your drain backs up, the pooling water can damage your floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings, and you may also experience a foul odour emanating from the water. Left unchecked, water damage can cause mould and mildew to form, which can be incredibly difficult to get rid of and can pose a health risk to you and your family.
What Causes Blocked Drains?
There are numerous potential causes of blocked drains, but they all end with the same result: a drain which doesn’t allow water to flow through smoothly. Here’s an overview of some of the most common causes of blocked drains in Sydney and what you can do to prevent them.
What many people don’t realise is that the roots of a tree spread out as far as the branches do, and even further in some cases. So if you have large trees, you’ll also have large roots. These roots are much more powerful than you might think and can puncture your pipes, causing a blockage.
When planting trees on your Sydney property, it is important to take into consideration the layout of your pipes. This way, you can plant the trees far enough away from any underground works, so that they won’t pose a threat to your plumbing. Be sure to think not just about the size of the tree today, but also how it will grow in the future.
We’ve all been guilty of pouring cooking grease down the kitchen sink from time to time, but this is a practice you should always aim to avoid. As the grease cools, it congeals on the inside of your pipe and can partially or fully block the pipe over time, preventing water from draining away.
Instead of dumping your cooking grease in the sink, pour it into an empty coffee tin or other container. Then, throw it in the bin with the rest of your rubbish. This simple step only takes a few extra moments, and it will protect your pipes from grease build-up over the years.
On average, people lose about 100 hairs each day, and many of them come out in the shower. As you wash your hair, the strands that fall out go straight down the drain with the water. If multiple people in your family use the same shower, that hair will build up in your pipes even faster, causing a blockage.
While you can’t do much to prevent your hair from falling out, you can stop it from going down the drain. You can pick up a drain catcher at your local hardware or home improvement store for just a few dollars. This simple device will catch the hair that accumulates so that you can dispose of it properly.
Personal Care Products
Many personal care items, like baby wipes, makeup remover towelettes and feminine care products, purport to be flushable, but it’s still not a good idea to get into the habit of doing this. These items can become lodged in your pipes, and they won’t break down over time. When combined with other items and substances that go down your drains, they can create a stubborn blockage that is difficult to remove.
Even if the products you use say that they can be flushed, you can protect your pipes by throwing them in the rubbish instead. The only thing you should flush besides urine and faecal matter is toilet paper. Aim to use as little as possible to get the job done so that you don’t block up your pipes.
There is something about toilets that is incredibly attractive to toddlers and small children. If you aren’t paying attention, you may find that your little one has taken their toys for a “swim”. If your child tries to flush toys and other items down the toilet, you could be in for a blocked drain in the near future. Depending on the item that was flushed, you also run the risk of cracking your pipes, causing even more damage if a pipe springs a leak.
Take the time to educate your children about proper toilet behaviour. Make sure that they understand that the toilet is not a toy and that their real toys do not belong in the bowl. Be rigorous about keeping track of your children’s behaviour in the bathroom.
We can get some pretty severe storms here in Sydney, and they can cause leaves and other debris to accumulate in your home’s gutters. This build-up of leaves can then make its way down into your drains, resulting in a blockage.
To prevent this from happening to you, it is a good idea to clean out your gutters regularly, especially after a storm. Keeping your gutters clear will enable them to do their job most effectively. If you have difficulty clearing your gutters, you also have the option of hiring a tradie to handle the task for you.
Act Now to Prevent Blocked Drains in Your Sydney Home
If you are experiencing blocked drains in Sydney, Pipe Relining Solutions can help. We employ the latest techniques to eliminate blockages in your pipes so that the water can flow through once again. With our regular maintenance services, you can make blocked drains a thing of the past. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services, and to schedule your first appointment.