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Why you should never ignore a blocked drain: the consequences of delaying repairs

April 6, 2023

As homeowners, we tend to take our plumbing for granted, assuming that our toilets will flush and our sinks will drain without any issue. However, when a blocked drain occurs, it can cause a lot of problems. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous to ignore. In this article, we will discuss the causes of blocked drains & blocked toilets, the dangers of ignoring them, and what to do if you have a blocked drain.

A blocked drain is when water or waste is unable to flow through the pipes, causing it to back up into your sink, shower, toilet, or bathtub. This is usually caused by a buildup of debris, foreign objects, tree roots, or structural damage.

Proper drainage is crucial to maintaining a healthy and safe living environment. Without proper drainage, waste, and water can build up, causing damage to your home and creating health hazards.

The Causes of Blocked Drains & Toilets

  • Grease and fat build-up: Grease and fat from cooking can build up in your drains, causing them to become clogged over time.
  • Foreign objects: Foreign objects such as baby wipes, sanitary products, and hair can cause a blockage in your pipes.
  • Tree roots: Tree roots can grow into your pipes and cause structural damage, resulting in a blockage.
  • Structural damage: Structural damage to your pipes, such as cracks or collapses, can cause a blockage.

The Dangers of Ignoring a Blocked Drain & Toilet

  • Water damage: Ignoring a blocked drain can lead to water damage in your home, which can be expensive to repair.
  • Health hazards: Blocked drains can lead to the buildup of harmful bacteria and mould, which can cause health problems such as respiratory issues and allergies.
  • Environmental impact: Blocked drains can lead to the overflow of sewage into water sources, which can harm the environment and wildlife.
  • Structural damage: Ignoring a blocked drain can lead to structural damage in your pipes and your home.

Signs of a Blocked Drain

  • Slow drainage: If your sinks or bathtub are draining slower than usual, it may be a sign of a blocked drain.
  • Unpleasant odours: If you notice a foul smell coming from your drains, it could be a sign of a blockage.
  • Strange noises: If you hear gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from your drains, it may be a sign of a blockage.
  • Backflow: If water or waste is backing up into your sink, shower, or toilet, it is a clear sign of a blocked drain.

Steps to Take When You Have a Blocked Drain & Toilets

  • Identify the problem: Identify where the blockage is occurring and what may be causing it.
  • Call a professional plumber: If you are unable to remove the blockage yourself, call a professional plumber for assistance. Look up “plumber near me” online to find a qualified and reliable plumber in your area.
  • Regular maintenance: Regular maintenance of your drains can prevent blockages from occurring in the first place. This includes using drain guards to prevent foreign objects from entering your pipes, avoiding pouring grease and fat down your drains, and having your pipes professionally inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.

Proper drainage is crucial to maintaining a healthy and safe living environment. Ignoring blocked drains & blocked toilets can lead to costly repairs, health hazards, and damage to the environment. It’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

If you’re in need of a reliable plumber to fix a blocked drain, look no further than Pinnacle Plumbing. Our experienced team can quickly diagnose and repair any plumbing issue, ensuring your home or business stays free from water damage and health hazards. Contact us today for fast, efficient service.


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