Knowing What You Can And Can’t Put Down Your Drain Pipes – Causing Blocked Drains

Everyone has the problem of a blocked drain at least once in their lifetime, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. Blockages can be slow moving, but if the water isn’t moving in your toilet, sink or bath at all, this would mean that the drain is completely blocked. If the blockage is letting through slowly, then there may be a chance that they would be able to clear the blockage on their own. However, if the drain is completely blocked, then the property owner would more likely than not, not be able to clear the blockage on their own. The next step would be to call a professional drainage company in, usually incurring a cost. The cost is usually dependent upon how long the company is at your property, and the more stubborn the blockage is, the higher the cost will usually be. You can help to prevent your drains from becoming completely blocked by taking care of them in the first instance.
Blocked drains are usually caused by carelessness in the home. Toilets can be blocked very easily, from something even as simple as flushing too much paper down the toilet in one go. The main reason though, is for using the toilet for anything other than what its main purposes are – e.g. putting anything other than waste or toilet paper down the drain. These would include baby wipes, sanitary ware and even nappies. Nappies would cause a blockage quite quickly, however, the other items build up over time, slowing the water flow down, eventually blocking the drain. Kitchen sinks can become blocked when there is no guard around the plug hole, allowing particles of food and other articles to enter the drain. Bathtubs and shower can end up blocked when items such as hair and soap aren’t caught by the drain hole protector.
You can be as careful as you like, but sometimes, you cannot avoid your drain becoming blocked. Other issue such as broken/cracked pipes cause by subsidence in land, or a tree root infiltrating the walls of the pipe can cause blockages. These however, require immediate attention, as the damage would need to be repaired by a professional only.
If you do come across a blocked pipe/drain within your property, you can try to clear it yourself using purchasable products including chemicals or acids, however, these can often do more damage than good. Some chemicals do damage to the actual pipes, while others can even harm yourself if they come into contact with your eyes. There are some old traditional remedies for cleaning your drains. They start by simply running hot water through your drains on a regular basis. This can help clear any buildup of fat or grease, because as we know, fats and greases become more fluid when warmed up, helping them to move down the drain. If you see the start of a small clog in the drain, you could also pour vinegar & baking soda down the sink, leaving it for a short while, before flushing it down with hot water. On many occasions, this will clear a small blockage, however, you may need to seek further advice if the problem remains.
You should look at your house drainage and plumbing system as you do your car. You wouldn’t keep on driving your car for an endless amount of miles without having it serviced, or in fact putting it through and MOT to ensure it is still safe. This should be the same as your drainage system. Regular maintenance should be carried out, to ensure that you don’t ever need to find yourself in the position of having to call a professional out, incurring yourself high drainage fees. You can start by understanding what is, and what is not meant to be flushed down the toilet or put down the sinks. If you are not familiar with what you can and can’t put down the drain, then take a look online, just so that you are sure. You could, as a preventative measure, have a drainage company take an inside look of your drains every 12 months, to ensure that there are no unwanted articles in your drain, including tree roots.
If you don’t follow any of the above advice, then you may just end up with a severely blocked/broken drain which requires excavation to reach the drain, and this could be very costly, so please – give it a go, all you have to do is leave the hot tap running.
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Free Up Spare Time With These Helpful Blocked Drain Tips

Knowing that your drains and plumbing are functioning properly gives you peace of mind so that you can spend your time doing something more beneficial in your spare time! There really isn’t any need at all for you to wait, over and over, for slow draining baths and sinks to empty. You will find within this information, some helpful long term steps that will help your drains run freely. This will mean that you won’t need to come into contact with any dangerous drain cleaning products, or the dreaded plunger!

To start, being careful in what you put down your drain pipes matters most. The number one problem in drain blockages is cooking grease. You must always dispose of grease in your household bins, in a suitable container so it doesn’t leak. Some other articles which are well known for causing blocked drains are soap, hair, and even coffee grounds. Hair most commonly, because of the nature of what hair is, snags on the drain pipes, catching other elements in it – causing build ups.

A slow draining sink could possible hair a hair ball in its tailpiece, which lies just under the sink where the stopper link operates. If you remove the stopped, there is a good chance you will find a clump of hair. If the stopped is locked into the drain, then unscrew the lift arm retaining nut, removing the lifter arm altogether, then remove the stopper. You could even use an old toothbrush to clear out any remaining hair or obstructions. Similarly, a slow draining bath could have hair in the strainer.

Some simple and more traditional techniques to keep the drain free flowing are dropping a large pinch of baking soda down there, washed out with hot water. And also you could pour a cup of household vinegar down the drain, and then let it stand for a short period, once again to be flushed out with hot water.
If from the above you are unsuccessful, you could try the following. Try putting, half a cup of salt, and half a cup of baking soda, followed by half a cup of vinegar down the drain, once again washed down with hot water, followed by a quick use of the good old plunger.

These are simple old traditional maintenance steps. If you still have drain problems after carrying out the above, then you will most likely need to take further action. You would hope that all drainage systems are installed to only the highest of standards when they are first built, but unfortunately, our experience has shown us that this is not always the case. We find all too often, in removing old sinks and related plumbing, that many drain P-trap arms are actually sloped backwards, not allowing water to flow away properly.

Neglect in the installation process can also being within the houses plumbing system. A slope of a quarter of an inch should be allowed per foot of run to allow water flow to carry itself and any debris away from the property, but unfortunately we have come across many improperly installed drain pipes behind walls where there is in fact NO slope. These sorts of occurrences are due to inexperienced and unqualified plumbers carrying out work.

This same rule applies to drain wall trap arms to keep the water running freely. The gooseneck curve of pipe under your sink is what is knows at the P-Trap. This is design to hold water to provide a barrier from unpleasant smells and gasses arising from down below. When added water from the sink rises in the P-trap, it will drain out of a properly sloped wall trap arm to the drain plumbing in the wall.

To gain the correct slow and to inspect the P-Trap, it will need to be removed. You should position a small bucket under the trap to collect any water. An old towel would come into use well here to wipe your hands; including rubber gloves to try and keep your hands clean as best as you can, and also another towel or old rag on the floor to catch any excess water. This is quite a difficult thing to do, so make sure you are comfortable as you may need to squeeze yourself into a small area to manipulate this as best as you can. Using a pipe spanner, remove the two washers which attached the P-Trap to the sink and wall arm. After you have done this, you will be able to identify if the tailpiece is too long, preventing the P-Trap from being installed a high enough point to allow a proper slope. You should, if this is the case, cut the tailpiece to the correct size. Then piece it all back together, ensuring that you don’t tie the nuts to loose, or in fact too tight.

If the above doesn’t seem to be the cause of the blocked drain, then try using a small drain snake in the pipe outlet after removing the trap assembly. Old homes with iron drains use fittings that have very shape in terms of their bends, which can cause blockages very easily.

Do yourself a favor and make sure that you clean your hands soon after carrying out the above work. Yes, it is all a bit disgusting, but don’t worry, as bacteria will be present in the buildup, it will have helped in breaking down the dirt, but still, make sure you’re clean!

The above is all you can really do yourself. If you get to this point and you still haven’t had any success, then you will have no choice but to call a company who are experts in unblocking drains . The blockage could be too built up to be removed or broken down by hand, it may need blasting away, or there could be a totally different problem, maybe a broken pipe further down the line which you can’t see, this would require a CCTV drain survey.

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The Do’s And Don’t Of Blocked Drains

There is always an answer for a drainage problem – but dont you just hate having problems with your drains?? Some drains which are blocked only need attention to the trap itself to remove hair/soap/any other debris that is trapped, but sometimes it takes more than just a little clean to fix the problem. Often you can purchase cleaning aids from your local merchants that will assist you in fighting even the toughest of blocked drain. You can find commercial cleaners liquid form, or indeed granular, or pressurised. Granular and liquid cleaning products rely on lye to dissolve the blockage and pressurized cleaners uses chlorofluorocarbon propellant and pressure to remove the blockage.

Drainage DO’S!

* Clean your drain traps on a regular occasion

* Don’t want until the drain is blocked completely, fix the issue even as soon as when the water starts draining slowly,

* You can help the breakdown of fat and grease by boiling hot water down the drain, followed by baking soda, followed by more hot water.

* Always ensure that you have a plunger to hand

* Don’t be proud, as soon as you come to the conclusion that you cannot fix – call a professional company in before the issue spirals out of control.

* Ensure that extreme care is taken when using commercial drain cleaners – they can be harmful to eyes and skin if come into contact with.


* Don’t wait until your drain is COMPLETELY blocked. Seek advice earlier.

* Don’t empty any food down your drain, its meant for water, and water only.

* Again, your drain is meant for water and water only, don’t empty any fats, oils, or greases down your drain.

* Don’t leave any chemical cleaner on the porcelain around the toilet – it will cause eventual damage.

* Dont’ ever mix two types of drain cleaners together.

* Ensure that you completely wash away any old drain cleaner, before you use a second one.

* Come the time that you need to call in a professional – ensure you advise him of any drain cleaner you have used first.


If you have a drain which is moderately clogged, a great tip would be to pour half of a cup of baking soda, followed by half of a cup of vinagre down the blocked drain. This will cause a reaction which may help relieving the drain of any blockage. Wait about 3 hours then flush the drain with water.

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Drain Blockage Prevention Help And Advice

Drain Blockage Prevention
Clearly – the best way to deal with a blocked drain, is by not even getting to that stage, and preventing it from happening! Blockages in a drain start from the very smallest mistakes, e.g. putting something minor down the toilet that doesn’t belong down there. Try to minimise this by not putting things down the toilet that you shouldn’t.. Flushing your drains out on a weekly basis is a good idea – as well as preventative techniques like not letting hair go down the toilet by putting a strainer into your plug hole, and not filling your drain with waste food – dispose of it in another way.
Main Causes Of Blocked Drains
Even if you follow the above, drains do still suffer from the same issues at some point in their life span inevitably. Things build up on the inside of a drain – things that are out of your control, like grease, littler, and leaves. The buildups must have efforts to clear them, as eventually they will build up more and more, and eventually cause a blockage in your blocked drain.
Imagine you having a bath – then letting the plug out – the water going down your pipe into the drain… then facing a blockage… which doesn’t let the water travel any further, so the pipe backfills, usually into the source of where it came from – which can sometimes cause floods. The ‘source’ we talk of, could be the bath where it came from, or a kitchen sink, or a toilet bowl.
Health and Safety
The problem with escaping or blocked water, especially drain water, is that it is usually dirty, as water from the drains is used water, from cooking, cleaning, or bathing – so you can only imagine the dirt that went down the drain with it when it went down first time. For this water to come back up the drain will be full of harmful bacteria – very dangerous – especially if you have children. The water is usually lot more dirty if it is coming up from a toilet – I don’t think I need to explain why
If the above happens, and your home is flooded with dirty drain water, then the professionals will need to be called in immediately, the area evacuated and not returned to, until the area has been professionally cleaned and sanitized, to get rid of all of the harmful bacteria that it left behind.
Drain Pipe Cleaning – HP Jetting
High Pressure Water Jetting, is, as it says it is. Water is blasted down the drain at upto 3000psi, dislodging and melting away articles in the drain that shouldn’t be there. This is usually the simplest way of cleaning a drain and ensuring that blockages are prevented.
Why You Should Call In The Professional…
Instead of cleaning a drain, which may not need cleaning, or not cleaning a drain as much as it needs to be cleaned – are two issues when you clean a drain on your own. Professional companies will own speciality CCTV equipment, which can be fed won the drain line to take a perfect view of the drain to see what sort of state it is in. This allows the perfect amount of action to be taken. For your piece of mind, the CCTV is usually offered to you as a client so you can see exactly what is down your drain – this way you are confident about what you have paid for, and are sure that a professional job has been done.
Calling in the professionals may sound expensive, but looking after your drain, to avoid some of the above issues including coming into contact with harmful, bacteria infested water, is very, very important.

Matt Wilkinson here write for Drain Clear UK – a professional Drainage company based in Essex – providing simplistic advice.


Because drains are under the ground, its often hard to identify the problem without using CCTV to take a look. The usualy causes are issues like a collapsed pipe, tree roots, and broken pipes. It is important that the drain blockage cause is found and itentified immediately – because if a blocked drain is left, it can cause subsidance in local buildings, and will eventually lead to the drain colleapsing altogether.

Other common causes of blocked drains can be – trees and leaves, fats and grease, hair and foreign objects…

Tree roots, on the other hand, crawl underground to find water and more often are found inside the drains. When the tree roots enter the drain, they will cause subsequent repeated blockages.

CCTV Drainage Survey is the best way to identify the exact issue, see below what happens when the cameras come out…

  1. The CCTV camera is placed inside the drain through its opening and pushed slowly through the length of the drain
  2. The operator will then monitor and record the images inside the drain which is also shown on a screen. Any problem found inside the drain will be monitored and recorded by the operator taking note of the exact locations of the defects
  3. The drainage survey report containing the findings is then provided to the client complete with recommendations for fixing the drain

Not only does a CCTV drainage survey save time, but it also saves, and could save a lot of money in the issue developing further….. So if you find your home with a blocked drain, utilize the CCTV drainage survey to get off this unpleasant situation immediately…

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How To Unblock A Drain – Drain Unblocking – Drain Clear UK

What You Will Need

  •  A Bucket
  • A Hose
  • Drain Rods
  • Rubber/Protective Gloves

Firstly – Lift The Cover Of The Drain/Mainhole

You firstly need to lift the cover of the drain to see whether or not it is full of water. If there are no handles on the drain cover – then you can use a spade or something of the sort to help you lift the cover. A Tell tale sign of a blockage being in the soil pipe between the house and the chamber, is if there is no, or very little water in the chamber itself. However – if the chamber is full of water – then this would mean that there is a blockage further down the line, near the sewer mains. What you need to do next – is move to the next chamber, and to the next, and so on, until you have reached a chamber that is full of water, so you can pinpoint just exactly where the blockage is.

Step 2

Once you have identifed what area the blocked drain is in, you need to get hold of your drainage rods. Screw together a few pieces of the drainage rods so that you have enough length on them, lower them down, and push the end into the pipe opening – aiming it towards the blockage. If you struggle to push the rods much further, rotate them, this should make it easier. You need to ensure that you ONLY twist the rods clockwise, because if you rotate them anti clockwise then you may unscrew the different rod sections, and they main come loose in the drain. |More information right here

Step 3

Do your best to dislodge the blockage in the blocked drain, by moving the rods forward and backwards quickly. If you find that after a few attempts – this isn’t working – then take the rods out, and fit the screw attachment. Keep pushing back and fourth and twitsting until you see the water flow again. Do your best to remove any segments of the article which was blocking the drain to ensure that this doesnt’t happen again.

Step 4

Return back to the house where the blockage was originally first noticed, run the hot taps and pour bleach and detergent down the sink, to help remove any further blockages, along with fat and potential hair. You should leave the taps running for 5-10 minutes to ensure that this is the end of the blockage.

If after performing the above – the water still doesn’t flush away, then you should call a professional – like Drain Clear UK

How To Prevent Drain Blockages In The Home – Drain Clear UK

Blocked Drains

Drains can be blocked either by foreign objects within the pipes, or due to a pipe which has dropped causing a block.

Having the correct tools available to us – means Drain Clear UK can usually remove blockages on site every time, using specialist drain rods to clear the blockage. If we struggle to clear the blockage via this route, then we can use high pressure jets to blast the blockage clear

How our Drain Jetter Works to Unblock Drains

Our drain jetters fire upto 46 gallons of water per minute at 3000psi, straight onto the blockage itself. The force of the jet usually can cut through most blockages. The ketting nozzle in the pipe pulls back the article causing the blockage whilst dicing it into smaller manageable pieces.

Our drainage nozzles vary in range to battle with different blockages, even including tree roots.

Unblocking A Pipe

The first port of call would be to dislodge the blockage by using a plunger, by using firm yet gentle pressure to try and move the blockage. Care is needed here, because if too much pressure is applied – it can do damage to the pipes themselves, leading to further repairs being needed.

When it comes to blockages cause by food waste, fats, and hair etc – these can usually be dissolved with the help of bleach – but care must be taken here, using the suitable glove wear, ensuring that the bleach doesnt come into contact with eyes or mouth as it can cause dangerous irritation.

Toilet Blockages

A plunger can be use to unblock a toilet also. If blockages return time and time again – then the problem may lie deeper, so if this is the case, then it may be worthwhile investigating the problem even further. Investigations could mean surveys of the drain via CCTV on drainage rods, or lifting drainage covers to make sure no sewage is backed up in the drain system itself.

Information can be found of a professional drainage company – should the above not work, can be found by clicking here or visiting our blocked drain page, or another credible drainage company.

The above information is advise only.