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Common Reasons Your Drains Are Blocked

Do you have an unpleasant smell and gurgling sounds coming from your drains? Have you noticed the rising water level in your toilet? Well, you might have a blocked drain. Drain blockages are common problems that many homeowners encounter at some point in time. If left unattended to, fixing blocked or choked drains could become a costly and time-consuming issue. Here are five common reasons why your drains are clogged.

Foreign Objects Present In Pipes

The most common explanation behind a blocked drain is the presence of foreign objects (clumps of hair, toiletries, food, and grease) obstructing the flow of water. Once the build-up begins, it’s easier for other items also to get caught up in it, leading to a blocked drain. If you live in a much older home, you might likely have tree roots blocking your pipes. The reason is that the material used for pipes made it easier for tree roots to invade them. Consider having your old clay or concrete sewer pipes replaced with modern pipe systems.

Broken Pipes

When your pipe breaks, water will no longer flow efficiently, and because of the build-up of water, the pressure might cause your water mains to shoot out with a strong force. One of the main reasons why your pipes may break is due to corrosion, as older plumbing and drainage systems were constructed out of iron. When the pipe starts to erode, rust builds up in the pipes, eventually blocking the free flow of water. Your pipes may also become weakened and break.

Heavy Rains

Heavy storms or floods cause strong currents of rushing water through your drainage system. If you haven’t cleaned out your storm gutters for some time, all the build-ups from falling leaves and dirt will flush through the pipe at the same time as the water. Home drainage systems are not designed to handle large jets of water, so they tend to clog up after heavy rainfall.

Poor Water Flow

When there is poor flow of water – especially when it is hard water – down the drains, it can lead to the sedimentation of water minerals. Over a while, these sediments begin to block parts of your drainage system. Consider getting a water softener if this begins to give you problems.


If your household runs on a septic system, there may come a time when its waste reaches maximum capacity. When that happens, the septic system may get overwhelmed and fail to drain. This is the main cause of those unpleasant smells.

There are plenty of home remedies and tips to try if you suspect that you have clogged up drains, from baking soda, vinegar solutions, pouring hot water down the drains, cleaning your pipe to using a plunger. However, if these remedies do not work or the problem persists, or you’re just not willing to risk further damage to your drainage system, get in touch with our Frankston plumbing experts who will accurately diagnose and fix your blocked drain.

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