5 Common Culprits Causing Blocked Drains In Your Home

by | Dec 16, 2022

Picture it: an overflowing toilet, or a flooded yard due to a blocked or burst drain pipe in your home. We’ve all been through it, or know someone who has. Let’s face it ‒ it ranks right up there as one of the worst possible scenarios for a homeowner. There’s a foul odour, it’s expensive to fix, and your neighbours may give you the side-eye while you’re digging up your garden or the pavement to fix it.

But the question still remains: What caused this catastrophe?

There are many potential explanations, but we’re confident we can identify the most common ones. Despite your best efforts to keep your drains clear, something unexpected may create a blockage in your indoor or outdoor sinks, bathtubs, toilets, or storm drains. Understanding the root of the problem means the correct course of action can be taken, and the problem resolved as soon as possible.

Keep reading to learn about the five common culprits causing blocked drains in your home.

1.  Toys And Other Small, Foreign Objects

Things that don’t belong in the drains are the number one cause of blockages. Small objects can obstruct certain points along the drainage network. If you are experiencing a problem with water not draining properly and you suspect the blockage is caused by something that may have fallen into the drainage system, get in touch with a registered plumber who will have specialised equipment to identify and remove the obstruction.

2.  Using an Excessive Amount of Toilet Paper

You probably don’t give much thought to how much toilet paper you use, but if it’s causing problems with your plumbing, you should. To prevent clogging the toilet, only flush high-quality toilet paper and ensure the household knows to use it in moderation.

3.  Hair Strands And Product Residue

Although it may not seem like much, hair doesn’t break down and can clump together over time, which can end up clogging drains and pipes. If this isn’t cleared out, it might result in costly repairs!

4.  Underground Roots & Plant Debris Conflicting With Plumbing Systems

It’s impossible to influence the way nature progresses. As a result, debris like leaves, twigs and roots can obstruct your pipes and cause water to back up. In this case, you should seek the services of a qualified plumber who will be able to assess the situation and resolve it with minimal damage, which allows you to avoid far more costly long-term headaches.

5.  Neglecting To Do Routine Maintenance Throughout The Years

To keep your plumbing in good working order, you must establish a regular maintenance schedule. Your system may have become outdated or neglected, both of which may lead to a blockage and other expensive damage. Contact a qualified plumber for a checkup on your plumbing system to identify any issues and avoid hidden costs.

In the case of a suspected blockage, it’s best to act quickly. That’s where we can help!  With over 11 years of experience, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve likely come across your problem before. This means we are equipped to handle any blocked drain in your home on the Northern Beaches or North Shore of Sydney. Contact Wild Water Plumbing for our expert services today.