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Expert Advice from CDL Plumbing & Drainage in What We Commonly Find in Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are a common household issue that can cause significant inconvenience and potential damage to your property. Understanding the causes behind blocked drains is crucial for preventing such problems and maintaining a healthy plumbing system. In this article, CDL Plumbing & Drainage, a trusted plumbing service in Newcastle, will explore the common causes of blocked drains and offer valuable insights to help you prevent these issues in your home.

Tree Root Intrusions

One of the leading causes of blocked drains is tree root intrusion. Over time, tree roots can penetrate through small cracks or joints in underground pipes, seeking water and nutrients. As they grow, these roots can exert pressure on the pipes, leading to blockages or even pipe breakages.

CDL Plumbing & Drainage recommends regular inspection of your pipes as maintenance to identify any potential tree root intrusion and take necessary preventive measures, such as root pruning or pipe relining, to avoid blockages.

Foreign Objects

Accidental or intentional flushing of foreign objects down the toilet or drains can result in blockages. Items like sanitary products, wet wipes, paper towels, and excessive amounts of toilet paper should never be disposed of through the plumbing system.

CDL advises using bins for such waste and educating all household members about proper disposal practices to prevent blockages and maintain a healthy drainage system.

Grease and Fat Build-up

Pouring grease or fat down the kitchen sink might seem convenient at the moment, but it can cause severe blockages in the long run. Grease and fat solidify as they cool, clinging to the walls of the pipes and trapping food particles, leading to clogs and blockages.

CDL recommends disposing of grease and fat in a separate container and discarding it in the regular garbage. Additionally, using drain strainers or traps can prevent food scraps from entering the drains and causing blockages.

Hair Accumulation

In bathrooms, hair is a common culprit behind blocked drains. Over time, hair can accumulate in the drainpipe, mixing with soap scum and other debris to create stubborn blockages. Regularly removing hair from the drain and using drain guards or strainers can help minimise this issue.

CDL also suggests periodically using a mix of vinegar and baking soda followed by hot water to dissolve any hair or soap residue in the pipes.

Structural Damage

Pipes can deteriorate due to age, shifting soil, or external factors like heavy machinery passing over them. Cracked, collapsed, or misaligned pipes can cause blockages and reduce the flow of water.

CDL recommends professional CCTV inspection and repairs if you suspect any structural damage to your drainage system. Early detection can prevent costly repairs and further damage to your property.

In Summary

Preventing blocked drains is essential for maintaining a functional plumbing system in your Newcastle home. By understanding the common causes behind these blockages and following preventive measures, you can save yourself from the hassle and expense of dealing with clogged drains. Jet-water blasting (or Hydro-Jetting) will commonly clear the most difficult of blockages and is quick and effective but try these tips if you want to try and unblock your drain yourself.

CDL Plumbing & Drainage has the expertise and experience in handling drainage issues in Newcastle area and can provide you with professional assistance, ensuring a smooth and efficient plumbing system. Don't wait until a blocked drain disrupts your daily life—take the necessary steps to keep your drains clear and flowing freely.

Contact CDL Plumbing & Drainage today for expert advice and reliable plumbing services in Maitland, Newcastle and surrounds.

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