If you have ever lived in a home with standard bathroom and kitchen fixtures, it is likely that at some point or other you have observed water spinning in an enticing little whirlpool down a drain, and felt somehow at peace. However, it is also very possible that you’ve experienced the disgust and discomfort caused when that whirlpool chokes and dies, and a few bubbles rise to the surface of the water to announce that something below has blocked the drain. At some point, you may have been obliged to call a blocked drains expert to get your problem addressed.
One of the leading causes of blocked drains is from foreign objects. Babies’ nappies, cotton balls, or items of feminine hygiene are some of the reasons why toilets get blocked. More so, flooding from a blocked toilet is possibly the worst kind. It is, of course, inadvisable to dispose of non-biodegradable objects in the toilet, kitchen sink, or any other drain. Debris from soaps, food items, and especially cooking fats can be extremely damaging to water flow in your pipes. Indeed, disposing of cooking oil used in deep fryers by dumping it down a drain may even be illegal in your town. These kinds of debris leave a film of residue on the insides of pipes and make it harder for water to flow through them.
While fat scum is a common problem in kitchen drains, soap scum is usually found in sink or shower drains. Another common blockage in showers is hair, which is hard to dissolve and can become tangled up in balls and wedged into pipes, trapping other debris behind it.
When dealing with the problem of a blocked drains, Plumbers and other workers usually ensure they have specialized equipment designed for the job. A cable can be maneuvered down the pipe to try and push through, or hook out, a blockage, or a powerful water jet can be employed to wash away the offending mass, as well as dirt, grease, or other types of scum. A blocked drains expert may also have a particular drain camera, used to inspect the inside of a pipe system for blockages and to confirm that a problem has been solved.