We’ve all been through that hair-pulling moment when your toilet backs up, or your entire yard floods because of a blocked drain. It’s any home owner’s worst nightmare. The smell is putrid, repairing it costs money and it can be a little embarrassing as neighbours subtly side-eye you too… but what caused it?
There are many possibilities, but we’re willing to bet we can narrow it down to a few regular culprits. No matter how meticulous you are about keeping your sinks, showers, toilets, and outside drains in order, there’s always a chance that something else might pop up and cause clogging. In this blog, we cover the five main offenders when it comes to blocked drains.
#One – Tree Roots that Grow Into the Pipes Underground
Unfortunately, you can’t control the direction in which nature decides to grow. This means that sometimes roots, leaves, twigs and other off-shoots can disrupt the flow of your plumbing network. This will require professional intervention, so make sure you find a reliable plumber to firstly identify where the problem is and then to efficiently remove the blockage. At Mozgo, with our years of experience, we assess all surroundings to get a clear picture of where the blockage may be coming from.
#Two – Throwing Too Much Toilet Paper Down the Bowl
It’s easy to take it for granted that your toilet paper use is nothing to write home about, but it becomes a concern if it’s affecting your plumbing system. It’s preferable to ensure you are using good quality toilet paper, and definitely, in moderation, to avoid causing a backup. Just be mindful about the amounts of paper you are putting down your drains.
#Three – Strands of Hair & Residual Products You Use in your Showers and Over Your Basins
Hair might seem insignificant, but it doesn’t disintegrate, which means it will quickly accumulate in your pipes. As simple as it may seem, unfortunately this can cause serious damage if it’s not cleaned out. It will continue to collect within your pipes until there is a complete blockage which will require a plumber to come and clear out.
#Four – Small Foreign Objects, Such as Children’s Toys
Nothing causes blocked drains as much as things that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Small objects that fall into the drainage network can stop water from flowing through the pipes like it’s supposed to, so you may need a plumber identify where the problem lies and remove the blockage.
#Five – A Lack of Regular Maintenance Over the Years
It’s imperative that you have a maintenance routine for taking care of your plumbing. Just as we take care of our cars with regular maintenance, our plumbing is no different. If it’s been some time since you have had your plumbing checked over, now might just be the time to get in touch with a professional plumber. In the long-run it will be more cost-effective to ensure your maintaining your plumbing regularly. Neglecting this can have a flow-on effect to other plumbing issues and possibly extensive damage.
Make sure you’re vigilant for slow-moving water and other signs of blockage so that you can deal with it before it gets any worse. Contact Mozgo Plumbing today on 0404 417 601 for expert services.