Blocked drainage pipes

Blocked Drains – Advice From Your Sydney Plumber

Blocked drainage pipes

Blocked Drains – Advice from Your Sydney Plumber

Blocked drains might sound like an inconvenience more than anything but don’t ignore the telltale signs. Immediate attention is needed to safeguard against escalating damage and repair costs. Better still, taking steps to prevent clogged drains will not only save you money – you’ll avoid the kind of mess that no one wants to clean up!

Five main causes of blocked drains

Blockages in your pipes can happen for a range of reasons, but these are the most common culprits:

  • Hair: One of the most common causes of blocked pipes is a build-up of hair from bathroom drains. Second to that is soap scum.
  • Flushed items: Flushing non-degradable items such as wet wipes, cotton balls, and even sanitary products is a big no-no
  • Grease: Did you know that household cooking oils and fats from kitchen sinks can solidify in pipes over time and cause blockages? Now you do! Allow oils to solidify in the pan (or an old soup can or glass jar) and then scrape the waste into the bin.
  • Tree roots: Without warning, tree roots can infiltrate pipes. Over time, they can grow and spread, blocking wastewater from flowing through pipes and even cracking them.
  • Debris: Over time, the accumulation of dirt and leaves in pipes can restrict water flow and block drains.

Early signs of blocked drains

Prevention is always better than a cure. However, it’s not always possible to know exactly what is happening in your pipes until it’s too late. Typically, the most noticeable signs of blocked drains are:

Slow drainage

If you notice water draining slower than usual in the kitchen sink or bathtub, a blocked drain could be the reason.

Gurgling sounds

You’ll know for a fact that something is wrong when dreaded noises are heard, especially when flushing the toilet.


Sometimes your nose will identify a blockage first. If unpleasant smells are coming up from sink or shower drains, it’s time to get your plumbing checked.

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Blocked drains? Sydney plumbers can help!

Take immediate action at the first sign of an unusual smell or a strange sound coming from your sink, bath, or toilet. Neglecting to address a blocked drain can cause significant damage. Whilst some blockages are temporary and can be easily cleared, you’ll never know what’s beneath the surface. Many blockages require the services of a plumber. Underlying problems can be complex and the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair may become.

For peace of mind, many homeowners now schedule preventative plumbing maintenance as part of an annual spring clean.

If you’re dealing with blocked drains or want to avoid them, just call Joe! Get in touch with the Gladesville Plumbing team today.

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