4 Major Reasons for Blocked Drains

Wadges of toilet roll can seriously block drains

Blocked drains are a common problem for a number of households and can be a costly experience both in terms of money and time. Of course, that’s why Anglia Drain Doctor are here, sorting blocked drains in Norwich, Southend, Ipswich, Cambridge and beyond, but sometimes prevention is the best tactic, so we’ve identified 4 major reasons for blocked drains.

Foreign Objects

Foreign objects

Nappies, soaps, even kid’s toys, there are plenty of things that find their way into the toilet that can cause a major build up of clutter blocking the smooth flow of the toilet. A consistent flow of such foreign objects can create serious blocked drainage problems, so it is always important to be careful what you flush.

General Toiletries

Toilet roll stack

Toilet paper and baby items such as nappies and baby wipes are typically the two most common objects to block drains. Throughout the day, we use an excess of both, and while toilet paper is designed to be flushed down the toilet, large amounts of it can easily cause blockage. Nappies are in some aspects worse, in that they retain water and thus dramatically increase in size, as they hold more and more water, so it makes sense that these would be a big problem.

Grease & Fat

Blocked pipe repair

This particular (and surprisingly common) cause is very easy to prevent. When washing up of an evening, so few people take the opportunity to properly wash down their sinks and services, meaning fatty substances stick to the inside of pipes, gradually clogging the drains. It really is a case of being a little bit careful to prevent this kind of blockage.


Pile of cut hair

Take a look in the mirror, we are a hairy bunch, and whilst a little bit of hair may not seem like much of an issue, the frequent build up of hair in the plug as a result of accumulation can become an obvious and annoying obstruction. The trick is simply to check any accumulation of hair in and around the plughole, thus preventing the blockage of drains and some serious expense at a later day.

Blocked drains do happen, and you can’t control everything that happens, but these preventive measures should be used as a way to do your bit in preventing blocked drains blighting your day in the future.

Do you have any foolproof tips to prevent blocked drains? Let us know in the comments below.

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