Why Does my Drain Keep Getting Blocked? | Help & Advice | EDS

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Food Waste

Food waste is a very common cause of blocked drains and is often caused by food being put down the sink, both accidentally and on purpose.

Similarly, grease and fat from cooking can often find its way into your drain pipes when you are washing up. Grease and fat in the drains is particularly harmful to your drainage system as it culminates in the drain pipes, forming ‘fatbergs’ that further block the drain pipes.

To prevent blocked drains from food waste, fat and grease the fix is simple. Before washing up your dirty dishes, scrape any leftover food into the bin! This small change is not time-consuming at all and will improve the health of your drains significantly.

Leaves & Outdoor Debris

If your drains keep getting blocked and you can’t put your finger on the cause, it could be that leaves and outdoor debris are being blown or washed into your drains during windy or rainy weather.

The best way to prevent this, aside from keeping on top of the gardening, is to cover the drain entrances with a drain guard. If these measures don’t stop your drains from getting blocked then the best course of action is to get in touch with a professional who can give you advice based on your property’s drainage system.

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Hair & Toiletries

The bathroom is a place with many opportunities for blocked drains, with hair and toiletries being a common culprit.

The build-up of hair in your shower, sink or bath can prevent water from passing through and is often noticeable through a slow-draining sink, shower or bath. This is easily preventable, simply check for a build-up of hair in and around the plughole regularly.

As for toiletries, be wary of any that claim they are ‘flushable’, as this is rarely the case. Flushable wipes are still wipes and do not disperse in water in the same way that toilet paper does, causing a blocked drain.


Tree Roots

Tree root ingress is a common cause of drainage issues and can be very damaging to your drainage system as it obstructs water flow and damages the drain pipes.

Unfortunately, this is difficult to prevent, as you cannot control where tree roots will grow. However, one thing you can do to keep your drains in good health is to monitor your drain pipes with a CCTV drain survey that can reveal any cracked or broken drain pipe.

If the cause of your blocked drain problems is tree root ingress, you will need to get a professional drain repair to fix the problem before it gets any worse.

Now you know the answer to the question: ‘why does my drain keep getting blocked?’ and you can take preventative measures to fix your recurring drain issues. For any further advice on blocked drains, please get in touch with our team of experts who will be happy to help.

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