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Chances are if you are reading this article you have suffered or are suffering from the devastating effects of a blocked drain.

Drain blockages can occur from many different causes and the blockage may prove to be a temporary blockage that can be easily removed or flushed through the pipes to a more extensive blockage that requires significant repair work to rectify the situation.

Whatever the blockage situation it is always best to treat the underlying cause of the blockage and not just address the immediate symptoms the blockage causes.

The top 4 causes of blocked drains are:

Broken Pipes

Broken pipes can cause blocked drains. Damaged pipes and drainage system can be preventing water from freely flowing and ultimately causing the drain to block completely from collapsed dirt filling the break, a build up of debris at the damaged location or from tree root infiltration.

Pipes can break for many reasons including age of infrastructure with pipes becoming brittle over time, tree root infiltration can break pipes, excessive weight above the piping system or from damage caused by digging in the area.

Repairs of damaged pipes and drainage can be difficult to access and as a result can be costly to repair.

Incorrect Installation / Water Flow

Structural drain defects from incorrect pipe installation, inadequate fall, wrong size pipes for the job, misaligned pipes or excessive joins and bends all contribute to the cause of blocked drains.

With the popularity of do-it-yourself renovations the number of incorrectly installed plumbing and drainage piping has increased substantially. Incorrectly installed the pipes can easily block and cause major damage to infrastructure.

Warning signs of poor installation practices include bad smells originating from drains and sinks, slow draining baths and sinks and gurgling sounds after flushing the toilet.

Heavy Downpours / Excessive Water

Debris in drains cause blocked drains. Excessive water associated with heavy rains are a major contributing factor to blocked drains with such large volumes of water struggling to drain away quickly enough.

Often this is exasperated by the collection of leaves and other matter in gutters and drains that also inhibits the water flow.

Flooding and extensive damage to property can be caused by this issue. As a home owner you should be vigilant in your maintenance regime by removing leaves and debris from gutters and drains.

Debris / Foreign Objects / Abuse

It is funny what people think should be okay to put down a drain or flush down a toilet. These bad habits are often hard to break until the toilet starts overflowing or the kitchen sink gets blocked.

Sometimes the culprit can be from excessive hair or soaps caught in the bends of the pipes, but more often than not it is caused by such things as fats and oils, sanitary products, food products and children’s adventures (like flushing whole toilet rolls and small toys).

Keep your drains solely for waste water and your toilets for human waste and toilet paper only.

This top 4 list highlights the main problems that lead to restricted water flow and drain blockages.

Although blocked drains are a common occurrence if you follow best practices and regular maintenance procedures then you should limit the frequency in blockages.

If however you find that you have a blocked drain after all your best efforts then call the Blocked Drain Specialists on 1300 887 334 promptly to avoid the possibility of extensive repairs and structural damage.