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Common Causes of Blocked Drains

Almost every homeowner will have experienced some form of blockage within their home. With years of experience within the drainage industry, the DMS drainage team are fully capable of spotting the most common and probable causes of such blockages. The DMS have put together the following information listing the most common causes of drain blockages, so that you’re able to spot the tell-tale signs before they have a chance to worsen.

Trees and leaves
Now that the Autumn is setting in, many homeowners will be busy in the garden, carrying out essential garden maintenance to keep their gardens looking neat and tidy as the leaves begin to brown and fall from their trees. Besides the obvious housekeeping reasons, keeping your garden free from stray leaves and debris can also help to keep the issue of blocked drains at bay. Leaves are not the only culprit, as tree roots which are drawn to the nearest source of water can also crack into the pipes over time, causing a blockage.

Grease and fat 
This is one of the most common causes of all, yet it is also one of the easiest to prevent. Any fatty substances which are washed down the sinks will stick to the inside of the pipes, eventually building up so much that no more liquid can pass through. This can be easily avoided by keeping a watchful eye over the liquids which you do decide to wash away.

A build up of hair can also pose a large problem for homeowners. Over time this can worsen if the blockage is not quickly cleared, preventing liquid from passing through it altogether. Although this can be helped by using devices which catch the hair before it enters the pipes, you should still pay close attention to this simple, yet avoidable issue.

Foreign objects
Choked or blocked drainage can occur when foreign objects or materials such as soaps, fats or food build up become caught between the drainpipe and the pipes that flow underneath. Initially the material may not fully block the drain, but over time materials will continue to collect which will prevent water from flowing freely and could eventually cause the drain to block. Toilets regularly block up due to too much toilet paper, sanitary items and even nappies being flushed down them. Young children are often the culprits for blocked toilets. They have been known to flush a full roll of toilet paper, a toy and even the toilet brush.

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