Most people in their lives can experienced a water-related issue in their home or place of business. While for most this isn’t a common occurrence there are some things that professional plumbers see time and time again that is the cause of a blocked drain. It is handy to know these things to best avoid making the same mistakes that many others have made. This way, you get to enjoy your property rather than ringing the experts to come and tend to any water problems. Our professional team here at Sydney Blocked Drains use a high-pressure water jetter to remove any stubborn blockages so your pipes are clean and clear once more. While you are in safe hands with our experts, here are the most common causes of a blocked drain, so your household can best avoid them to best avoid any water-related mishaps.

Nappies and other sanitary items
Time and time again we see tired parents or rouge toddler’s flush nappies down the toilet. Other sanitary items such as baby wipes, pads, and tampons are also culprits. What many don’t know is that these products are not designed to go down the toilet so will often cause blockages. A great way to avoid this is to use a strap to keep the toilet lid shut, which will keep out playful children. Another good way is to keep a bin in the toilet area to use instead of flushing products down the loo.

Cooking oil
Another common occurrence that causes a blockage is cooking oil. What many don’t know is that oil solidified in the pipe lines and then will cause a block. Our team must then attend the property to use our high-pressure water jetter to remove the oil. A great way to avoid this is by having a container in the kitchen to store used oil after cooking, which can be correctly disposed of in the regular garbage bin.

Hair build-up
A regular cause for a blocked shower in hair build up. When showering it is unavoidable to shed loose hair, however, small practices can be used to prevent blocked shower drains. A mesh plug can be placed over the shower drain that will catch lose hair. This can be emptied into the regular garbage bin when it becomes full and a blocked shower is usually avoided. On the nights where your hair doesn’t need to be washed, it can also be a great idea to wear a shower cap.

Incorrectly installed pipes
Finally, there are sometimes cases where our water jetter is not needed as there is no blockage in the pipe work. Sometimes pipes are incorrectly installed by unprofessional plumbers, or simply by accident. This can cause issues such as water leaks, blockages and more. It is important to call out the experts to fix this issue immediately as water damage can wreak havoc to a building.

At the end of the day, there are many different reasons why a blockage can occur. While these are some of the common occurrences that we see, other things such as deadlines, plants, salt-water, and sand can also cause blocks.  It is important to be aware of what goes your drain and to use a bit of old-fashioned common sense. When unavoidable issues do arise, it is important to call the professionals as soon as you can.