What causes a blocked drain?
Although there are lots of things that can cause your drains to become blocked, one of the most common reasons behind inefficient drainage systems is rubbish and debris in the pipes. Hair, wet wipes, food and anything else that gets into your drains can build up over time.
Eventually, these build ups can begin to restrict water flow causing your drains to empty more slowly. If left untreated, these blockages could result in flooding, something that can lead to serious long term structural damage.
Luckily, preventing blockages from affecting your drains is relatively easy. In fact, by moderating your habits just a little, you can dramatically reduce the chances your drains will become blocked and keep your Norwich home flowing freely for good.
How to prevent blocked drains in Norwich
In general, blockages are caused by foreign objects getting into your drainage system. Bits of food and oil that are washed down the kitchen sink, hair and wet wipes from the bathroom and anything else that won’t break down over time can begin to build up and cause you serious problems.
The best way to stop debris from blocking your drains is to prevent it from getting into the system in the first place. Try to avoid pouring any type of fat in your drainage system as this will solidify in the pipes and cause you serious problems. Make sure no one in your family puts wet wipes or sanitary products into the toilet and place grills over your plug holes to prevent bits of food and hair from getting into the system.
The more effort you put into preventing blockages, the more efficiently your drainage system will work and the less likely it will be to back up or become blocked completely.
If you want to keep an eye on the general condition of your drains, and prevent small issues from developing into serious problems, invest in regular CCTV drain surveys for your home. Quick and unobtrusive, these surveys are used by plumbing professionals to get a better look at drainage systems and to spot blockages, cracks and faults before they cause serious problems.
The more regularly you use CCTV drain surveys, the easier it will be to stay on top of any maintenance issues. At the very least, you should invest in a survey when buying a new property and whenever you think that there might be problems brewing in your home’s drainage system.