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Blocked Drains Over-view
I get so many questions about drain related problems, there is not a standard, simple answer to any drain problem you may be having. But this is kind of a guide of action to be taken and also to be aware of the warning signs.

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Most homeowners over the years have experienced a temporary blockage or sluggish drains in their plumbing systems. Simple minor blockages often can be cleared with the minimum of fuss.

Safety First

When you are doing any type of drain related work it is sensible to wear the proper protective clothing. It is most important to wear a pair of rubber gloves for hygiene purposes. You must always disinfect your hand and all equipment after completing of the work. I would personally recommend also the use of a protective face mask.

Indicators

If your drain has become blocked you usually know because your waste water will have stoped going away when you flush the toilet the man-hole and gullies may also start to overflow. There will also probably be a smell. In cases where sewers serve a number of properties you may not see these signs, as they may only directly affect properties closest to the blockage. If your property is connected into a private sewer upstream of a blockage you may have a shared responsibility for removing the blockage.

Responsibility

A private sewer may be defined as a pipe which is taking waste water from more than one property, but which is not a public sewer. This sewer pipe is usually the joint responsibility of each of those properties that are connected to the sewer main. This responsibility continues up to the point where the private sewer including the connection joins into the main public sewer pipe. This means that often, people are responsible for the repair and maintenance of drainage pipes that are beneath land owned by somebody else, such as a neighbour.

Main Causes

Cooking grease, hair, food particles, toilet paper and roots are too often the main causes for sluggish or blocked drains. If they happen near the drain opening or toilet bowl, a plunger may be effective in clearing them. However, if the problem is some distance down the drain, it may require a professional plumber to locate and resolve same.

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We hope you find this information both helpful and educational with regard to blocked drains.

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