Coping with blocked drain problems Prevention is the Key The only way to deal with blocked drains is prevention in the first place. The most common causes of a blocked sink or drain is domestic or commercial waste products. If you want to stop your drains from blocking, wet wipes, nappies, sanitary towels should all be put in the bin and not flushed down the toilet. Put strainers in your sinks to catch things like food waste, hair is the most common blockages of showers so there is an insert in the shower trap that can be removed that traps all the hair and can be removed easily. What Causes Blocked Drains? As careful as you might try to be, it is inevitable that at some time you are going to have to deal with a blocked drain. Over time your pipes are going to suffer a buildup of things like grease, dirt, leaves and various other substances that will restrict the flow of water down the drain. If left alone long enough, this slowdown will eventually result in a blocked drain. Once your drain has become blocked, any water that is trying to escape down the drain is going to back up and cause a flood. It does not matter whether the backup comes from a blocked toilet drain or a sink the end result will be a mess. The flood can cause structural damage, damage to your building’s wiring and can also cause a health risk, especially if it happens to be the toilet that backs up and overflows into your home. Blocked drain clearance We have a specialist team to get rid of the blocked drain clearance, either by using the jets, plunger, drain unclogging tool, depending on how bad the blocked drain clearance is. If the blockage backs up to the manhole outside then the blockage can be devastating. Health Risks One of the biggest problems from the flooding that occurs when the drains blocked is that the majority of the water that goes down the drain is dirty. On top of this most any of the water that has sat backed up in a blocked drain is far nastier than the water that has just been sent down the drain. This is the perfect place for harmful bacteria to grow which can be very detrimental to your health. The worst offender is the water that backs up when you have a blocked toilet drain as this contains the highest level of harmful bacteria. When you have blocked drains that are causing water to back up onto your property, you need to take care of them as quickly as possible to reduce both the damage to your property and the associated health risks. Once you have the blockage cleared and the flooding dried out, you will need to clean and sanitize the area to make sure that there is no risk of anyone getting sick or becoming infected.