Blocked drains? Don’t panic; your local plumbers are here to help!

Dec 24, 2020

There is nothing worse than a blocked or clogged drain – we know! 

From the kitchen sink to the bathtub, drains can become blocked and clogged anytime, with water pooling around the surface and building up any time you try to wash anything…we get it. 

Unfortunately, bleach and other chemical drain cleaners can only do so much. They may fix the problem in the short term; however, we can guarantee that the problem will arise again and potentially cause bigger issues in the long run. 

Clogged drains can cause flooding, slow water drainage, corrosion, sewage back up, and ultimately costly repairs! 

Northwich Plumbers are here to help! 

We use the latest tools and technology and all the right equipment for the job, helping to unblock your drains in no time. Locating the root cause of the problem and getting your drains flowing smoothly again helps keep them in good working order and prevent any further damage from occurring. 

Most common reasons for clogged drains 

Often drains become clogged as we tend to put things down them that we really shouldn’t. 

Food items that don’t break down are the most common problem. Things such as eggshells, tea leaves, and even coffee grounds, etc., don’t break down. 

Grease and oil are also other significant problems as these two items will only solidify in your pipes and build up over time, causing major problems. 

In the bathroom, hair and some soaps are the primary cause of blocked pipes – forming solid clumps that clog up and eventually block your drain altogether. Ideally, you should clear away as much of the hair from around the plughole as possible before it slips further down your drain. 

Note:  Some traditional soap bars are still manufactured using grease and fat, which as with the kitchen sink, really shouldn’t be going down your bathroom drains. 

Excess amounts of toilet paper are a big cause of drain blocking, and some of those “flushable” wipes aren’t always flushable. Nappies and baby wipes should never be flushed down your toilet but disposed of as part of your household rubbish. 

Kids love to play with toys in the bath, but when the little parts are put down the plughole, or maybe spider man is flushed down the toilet to see if he can swim, well, this can be another problem entirely! 

Newly fitted DIY pipes are causing drain blockages. Installing new pipework should always be carried out by professionals, ensuring a healthy water flow, and reducing blockages. 

Many plumbing and heating companies report that a major cause of blockages is noticed when water pressure has dropped. If this happens, blockages in drains can build up as they don’t have the impact of the water rushing through them to unclog any sticky business. A plumber in your local area will be able to target your water pressure problem and provide the best solution for you. 

Plants and trees can be a big cause of blocked drains, especially during spring and autumn.  

Keeping your outdoor area clear of fallen leaves and debris is key.   

Also, be aware of tree roots under the ground, which can crack your drain pipes causing severe blockages and leaks. 

Heavy rain and storms can sometimes cause clogged drain pipes as they aren’t designed or prepared for such an impact. If you are experiencing an overflowing drain, chances are there’s a blockage somewhere that needs to be taken care of. 

Solutions to your blocked drains – plumbing services available 

All is not lost; there are some handy hints and tips that can help you unclog your drains yourself. For example, if you know something like a toy or a non-flushable wipe is down there, blocking your pipes, then a metal coat hanger might help! 

Straighten the wire hanger out as much as possible, bending one end to make a hook of some sort.  Then slide the hanger through the drain and catch your nuisance object.  If you’re successful, make sure to run the hot tap afterward to help clear the drain completely. 

Using a plunger is, of course, another option.  Make sure the plunger is firmly in place before you get started and keep plunging. It can take over a dozen attempts to unclog even the toughest of blocked drains. 

Baking soda and vinegar is a cool trick of the trade that provides a fizzing action when the two are combined. This fizzing action often helps to break down the sludge that’s causing the blockage.   Ideally, if you can leave this solution for as long as possible before pouring hot water down the system, then it should work a treat! 

Some drain cleaners and chemicals may be suitable; however, they may not work as fast as you need them to. 

If you’ve exhausted all possible solutions or you’re unsure where to start, call a professional plumbing team who can tackle clogged drains effectively and efficiently for you. 

Tips to prevent your drains from becoming clogged altogether 

  • Use a drain guard 
  • Make sure all food is removed before washing dishes. 
  • Pour boiling water down your drain pipes regularly. 
  • Use descalers to help remove sediment build-up (however, these will only work before the sediment has become established). 
  • Have your plumbing checked and serviced regularly. 

Clogged drains can be a huge inconvenience, as well as just being plain nasty. 

If you’re looking for plumbers in Northwich, look no further than Northwich Plumbers. 

Call 01606 374 020 

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