Blocked drains happen when a drain section becomes clogged with accumulated debris, germs, and food particles that won’t seem to disappear no matter how hard you try to clear it. A blocked drain is typically the main channel or tube for wastewater or unwanted liquid to be directed to a disposition, funnelled to a receptacle, run to sewers or stormwater pipes as discharge, or otherwise redirected to a less troublesome area. Blocked drains can occur for a variety of reasons. Some result from an improperly installed drain trap, some result from the buildup of materials that cause solid materials to settle in drain pipes, and some result from problems with the main sewer line itself. Whatever the reason, blocked drains can create unpleasant inconveniences such as making it difficult to use the toilet, cooking while washing, and causing unnecessary smells and damage to clothing and household goods stored in the drain.
Generally, drains are lined with a special drain plug, a mesh that provides an efficient physical barrier against solid and liquid waste. When a drain becomes blocked, the plug becomes bent or damaged, trapping dirt, debris, and food particles within its rigid surface. If left unchecked, this collection of obstructions can grow and block wastewater flow through the pipes. Blocked drains can be more than a nuisance; in some cases, they may also pose a threat to your health.
The most common cause of DistinctPlumbing Blocked Drains Adelaide is a clog in the main sewer line itself. A backed up or “clean” drain line is a condition where material from one part of a plumbing system has filtered into the mainline, leaving behind a layer of fecal and food debris to block the passage of wastewater. In older toilets and sinks, this can result in a condition where waste is not eliminated from the toilet and sink; these toilets often require a “top load” flush, in which case, a cleanout of the system will clear the obstruction and allow the water to run freely. A more severe scenario is where a root cause, such as tree roots, has punctured the pipe and allowed food and other materials to enter the pipes, resulting in the blockage.
Another common cause of blocked drains is built-up hair. When trapped soil is trapped between the pipe’s walls, it extends upward, penetrating the pipe and building pressure against the walls. It can lead to the blockage of drains as soil expands, pressing the block against the pipe. It is not uncommon for people to find themselves standing on top of a pile of tangled hair, unable to flush their drains because of this type of buildup.
The most widespread causes of blocked drains are toilet drain blockages caused by over usage, standing water in the fixtures, hair, debris, or food that becomes stuck in the toilet drain trap. Whatever the cause, it is necessary to perform an all-inclusive routine cleaning immediately. A blocked drain can be very dangerous, leading to falls, injuries, and even death if left unnoticed.
The best way to begin a cleaning process is by removing any debris, food, or hair that might be stuck in your toilet’s trap. After your sanitation items have been removed and placed in a trash bag or covered a large piece of cardboard, remove any clogs from your drain pipes. If your home is equipped with a bathroom sink that has a sink trap, it is easier to reach the bottom of your toilet’s trap using your bare hands. If your home does not have a sink trap, use your bare hand to reach the bottom of a toilet drain and remove any debris or hair that may be stuck inside.
The best way to clean your drains blocked with debris or food is by using an airless room, preferably one with a fan, to speed up the drying process. Remove any toilet paper and feminine products from the drain, and fill the sink or bathtub with warm water. Mix water with vinegar and use a sponge to scrub the problem area. Be careful to do this in a slow and controlled fashion to don’t damage the pipes further. Repeat the cleaning process several times a day until blocked drains are cleared.