Common Causes Of Blocked Drains
Blocked Drains refer to drains in public areas, private homes or businesses where the drainage systems are not designed to handle the amount of water that is brought in or out on a regular basis. A drain is basically the main channel or tube for unwanted waste water or liquid waste to be flushed away, either directly to a less harmful receptacle, funneled to another stream, or to sewer systems or stormwater pipes as waste disposal to be processed or released. There are many different types of drains including: gravity drainage, vertical, horizontal, underground, and sky drainage. The most popular ones are PVC, Plastic Insulated Drain Networks (PIRns), and Trenchless Trolling Drains. Below is some more information about these drains.
An overflowing drain occurs when water, solid matter or both become trapped between the drain pan or drain pipe and a block. This type of drain can cause a very unpleasant and embarrassing situation for residents. In the case of an overflowing drain, excess water, solid debris or both can build up in the pipes, causing the blocked drain to be backed up or flowing with no way to stop it from continuing its course. Blocked drains are usually more severe than just an occasional overflow as they can be the result of a single drain line being plugged or a number of drains with roots and no outlet.
Another common type of blocked drains are sewer blockages. Blockages in your sewer lines are caused by broken or damaged sewer line roots, fungi or other microscopic organisms that thrive in wet, warm environments like the pipes in your home. Blocked drains occur when there is a combination of excess rain, freezing temperatures during winter and human activities such as washing clothes with excessive amounts of water. Other reasons for sewer blockages include the use of soil-based composting toilets, septic tanks that have clogged with organic material over a period of time or even tree roots that have penetrated the pipe system.
A very common cause of blocked drains are grease deposits that develop in the pipe. Grease buildup can be caused by the accumulation of oils and grease from washing utensils and dishes, to the accidental spilling of grease while washing the car. However, grease is not the only thing that can cause a clog in your pipes. Food, fat or other solid materials deposited in the pipes can also contribute to the problem.
Tree roots are another of the most common causes of blocked drains. Roots growing down into your sewer lines can result in a complete closure of your system. While blocked drains may appear more cosmetic, they can also be a serious plumbing emergency. As tree roots can damage your drainage and plumbing fixtures, you should take measures to ensure that your drainage system does not become a problem in the future.
One of the simplest methods for dealing with drain blockages is by boiling water. Boiling water down to a certain temperature can help loosen any stubborn grease or dirt. Once the water has been boiling for approximately 20 minutes, it is important to carefully pour the heated water down the drain. If you find that there is any debris remaining, you can use a strainer to further clean the drain. For grease and other solid materials, using a plunger can often loosen these materials from the pipes before additional steps are taken.
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