Are your drains blocked or in need of repair?
Blocked drains are a problem both in Ipswich and around the UK.
Understanding how to prevent blockages, and knowing what to do if a blockage does occur, will help you to keep your home drainage system in good condition and prevent any unnecessary damage to your property.
In general, blocked drains are caused by things going down plugholes and toilets that shouldn’t. Bathroom drains can easily become blocked by hair, toilet paper, sanitary products and other waste that’s been inappropriately disposed of down the sink or the toilet.
Kitchen drains can become clogged by food waste and in some cases drains can become blocked by a buildup of fat or other debris in the system.
Preventing blocked drains
The best way to prevent your property’s drains from becoming blocked is to place a grate over your plugs to prevent excess waste getting into the system in the first place.
Refraining from throwing anything other than paper down the toilet will also help to keep your system flowing smoothly. To keep an eye on the condition of your drains, you can invest in regular drain surveys.
Quick and easy to arrange, drain surveys will help you to spot potential problems before they become too serious.
If your drains do become blocked, you should know about it pretty quickly. Blocked drains often cause bad odours to emanate from plugholes around the house.
This is caused by dirty stagnant water sitting inside the drains and by the rotting food and debris that’s trapped in the system. These odours should disappear as soon as the blockage is removed.
Severely blocked drains can cause flooding within your property. This can damage flooring, furniture and other possessions and leave your home damp and smelly.
Flooding due to blocked drains can be prevented by regular surveys and repairs. A bad odour is often the first sign of a blocked drain, so if your nose tells you something is wrong make sure you call in the professionals straight away.
When drains are blocked, they can begin to leak. If the leak occurs within your property, this can cause structural damage as the walls and floors of your home become damp. If it’s a slow leak, you may not notice it straight away and this can result in significant damage being caused to your property over time.