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There are certain signs that will surely tell you that you have a blocked drain. These signs are:
- Water draining slowly
- Bad odour
- Gurgling sounds coming from the pipes
- Overflowing toilets
If your toilet drains are blocked, this is usually a sign of the blockage being located there. This is the same for your kitchen. However, if all your drains are clogged, an emergency plumber should be immediately called as the blockage may occur within your sewer line.
A drain will often become blocked due to obstruction by foreign objects, such as food scraps, jewellery, soap, leaves, plants, tree roots, hair, grease or fat and toiletries. Any of these, and many more items, can easily create a block inside your drain. Also, the age and condition of the pipes can be a significant contributor to causing a blockage. The most common items causing blocked toilets across Sydney, according to a survey in 2021, are:
- Baby wipes
- Cotton pads
- Sanitary products
- Baby wipes
If you observe the water in your bathroom or kitchen draining very slowly, it indicates a blockage in your drain. Slow shower or bathroom drains are often caused by a slimy build-up of everything that runs down the shower drain:
- Soap & Shampoo
- Dirt & Debris
- Dead Skin Cells
Usually, homeowners do not have the knowledge or equipment to solve these plumbing problems. Therefore, it is better to call your plumber to handle your slow-draining shower.
Gurgling sound is caused when something is preventing water or air from flowing through your drains. As the water slowly travels through your drains, air bubbles begin to form and create a gurgling sound. Whether it’s your sink, toilet or shower, even floor drains all can make that gurgling sound. The possible causes are:
- Blocked Drain Line
- Partially Blocked Drain
- Completely Blocked Drain
- Clogged Vent System
- Damaged P-Trap
- Issue In The Main Sewer Line
If a foul odour emanates from one of your sink or shower drains, something is likely wrong, and in many cases, it indicates a problem with drainage. They are often the result of one of the following:
- A sewer gas trap problem: A sewer gas trap or P-Trap is a part of the drain where the water is stored. Its purpose is to block gases from entering the pipe and into your home. If water is not moving correctly in the P-trap, usually due to leakage, the gases can enter through the pipe and into your home.
- An organic build-up: These organic residues accumulate over time in the P-trap or the pipes. The most common elements that result in partial pipe blockages causing smelly drains are:
- Food waste
- Sewer line problems: If you’ve noticed a foul odour from multiple sinks, this may indicate a broken or blocked sewer line.
Prevention is always better than trying to find a solution. Doing some simple maintenance can prevent smelly drains from becoming a problem. Here are some easy ways to keep your drains smelling fresh and clean:
- Boiling water: Tip boiling water down the drains in your house about once a week.
- Baking soda, vinegar & boiling water mixture: Once a month, do the baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water method.
- Clean your garbage disposal: If you have a garbage disposal, regularly put ice cubes into it which will get rid of any excess grease and will give the blades a good scrub. Also cut up a lemon or orange into small wedges and put it into the garbage disposal – this leaves it smelling fresh.
- No fats & oils: Avoid putting oils and fats down your sink.
- No food scraps: If you don’t have a garbage disposal, make sure all food scraps go into the bin or get fed to pets instead of going down the drain.
- Strong drain cleaners: Use strong, commercial drain cleaners if nothing else works.
- Maintain regular tap use: Make sure you regularly turn on the taps in your rarely used bathrooms. This ensures that there’s no build-up of grime and prevents your P-trap from becoming empty and releasing sewer gases into the house.
Cleaning your drains regularly can be your best bet to preventing any blockages and clogs. A significant blockage always starts off relatively small. Many individuals do not think about their drains until they have a problem. They usually put drain maintenance on the back burner. But, the best way to avoid drain clogs is to have your drains cleaned regularly.
Trees should be planted at least 3 metres away from the sewer pipes to avoid root intrusion. If this is not possible and you still want to plant trees on the property, it is best to choose slower-growing trees with non-aggressive root systems. However, if trees are already a part of the property, they will most likely cause issues to the pipes. Again, regular cleaning is the best solution to ensure your pipes are always clear. If roots have penetrated your drain, you will need to hire a professional plumber with experience in root cutting technologies. Unfortunately, tree roots are invisible enemies to your plumbing health. While DIY remedies like applying rock salt and copper sulphate are great temporary solutions, sometimes expert professional root removal and pipe replacement are only the best course of action.
However, the essential thing is to remember that every time you use your sinks, ensure you do not leave food scraps or other residues as they will block your drains. To avoid drain blockage regularly, it is vital to ensure that any inherent issues with the plumbing network are repaired. Engage a plumber regularly to inspect that all drains are performing correctly. They always have the right tools and know-how to isolate the issue and apply the proper techniques to keep drains clear from foreign deposits. Staying informed and prepared can help you avoid all the unpleasant experiences that arise from blocked drains.