Looking after your drains doesn’t have to be difficult, however if your drains get blocked the Drain Gain team is on hand to provide professional unblocking services for Blocked Drains in Woodley.

Blocked drains can result in wastewater regurgitation which can cause damage to your property and the surrounding area. Don’t risk it; look after your drains.

Look After Your Drains With These 3 Tips

Whilst the team of drainage experts at Drain Gain can provide a range of drainage unblocking services to meet a diverse range of needs; prevention is always better than a cure. So to help you avoid blocked drains, here’s a quick list of 3 trips for drain maintenance.

1. Watch What You Flush

One of the most important steps to keeping your drains clean is watching what you flush. Unless the item is water-soluble you should never flush them down drains. This means that the only thing you should dispose of  down a toilet drain is thin toilet paper which is designed to be flushed down a toilet.

It goes without saying that you should never flush solid items down a drain such as food; however there are many other items which are sometimes poured or flushed down drains which should never be disposed of down a drain. For example, oil, grease and fat are sometimes poured down sinks whilst they are liquids; however this is very damaging to your drains. Whilst they are liquid when warm, when they cool down they turn into a wax which clogs the drain. Instead when disposing of cooking oil, grease, or fat, you should use a container (such as an old coffee jar) to collect the oil, grease, or fat and then dispose of it separately.

Please contact your local council for more information regarding the appropriate way to dispose of fat, oil, and grease as they may have different rules and criteria for disposal.

Items such as feminine hygiene products should never be flushed. These products are designed to be very absorbent, which makes them very unsafe for drainage, as they absorb the liquids in the drain and expand. This risk also applies to cotton balls or cotton swabs. Instead you should dispose of them in an appropriate and responsible manner, such as a designated waste collection bin for sanpro waste.

 

2. Clean Your Drains

This might seem a bit strange; but why neglect your drains when you keep
the rest of your home clean?

However, unlike other areas of your home, as long as you don’t irresponsibly dispose of waste down your drain, keeping your drains clean is quite simple. For example, one great way of cleaning your drains is to pour the excess boiling water down the drain every morning when you make a cup of tea or coffee. This quick blast of hot water can be very effective at preventing undesirable things from sticking to the side of your drainage.

3. Call An Expert

If your property is afflicted with a blocked drain, it’s very important that you get in touch with a skilled professional to unblock it correctly. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk damaging the drain further.

It’s also very important to seek expert advice due to the health risks associated with blocked drains. Whilst at first a smelly drain might seem like an inconvenience, it’s actually a serious health risk. The gas leaking out of blocked drains (also known as sewer gas) is hydrogen sulphide. This gas is highly toxic and highly flammable. In addition to causing nausea, headaches, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death, this toxic gas has been implicated in several mass extinctions throughout the Earth’s history. It may have caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago, the largest extinction event in history.

Professional Blocked Drain Services In Woodley – Drain Gain

If you have problems with blocked drains, consider a drain survey from the Drain Gain team. Our talented team of professionals can investigate your drainage system with a camera to identify any problems. This survey can be very beneficial for people who are considering purchasing a new house. With a pre-purchase drain survey, any underlying problems with drains can be identified; providing you with peace of mind as repairing any underlying problems could be expensive to repair.

If you would like to learn more about blocked drains and how to spot blocked drains; you can find lots of information on our website. For example, you could learn about “The Influence of ‘Fatbergs’ On Our Drains” and how fatbergs are created, you could read about septic tanks and how they are emptied, and you could also read more information regarding our services for emptying blocked drains.

Get In Touch With The Drain Gain Team

If you are interested in a drain unblocking service or if you would like to make an enquiry, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team.

To speak to a member of staff, please give our team a call on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Struggling with drainage issues in your shower drain? Before you call out specialists to provide drain unblocking services for Blocked Drains in Newbury, here are two things you can try at home.

 

Two Tips For Unblocking Shower Drains At Home

Whilst a drain inspection or CCTV drain survey is often necessary, sometimes some quick DIY methods can remedy minor issues with shower drains.

 

  1. Using A Plunger
    The plunger is a great tool for dealing with small drainage issues, however it’s important that you use a plunger correctly.

    Plungers work thanks to Boyle’s law which states that the pressure of a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to its volume at a constant temperature.

    In layman’s terms, a plunger works by creating a seal and increasing atmospheric pressure. As you push down on the plunger, pressurised air travels through the pipe, then as you pull back a vacuum is created, which sucks air and water out of the drain. The repetition of the pushing and pulling of air and water creates an abrupt force of pressure which can help to loosen a clog in pipes.

    Whilst plungers are very useful tools, they don’t always work. This is because plungers often push air into the drain and use air pressure in an attempt to dislodge the blockage. The issue with using air is that air will compress, as such the pressure is dependent on the change in volume of the plunger’s bell, which won’t be enough to move serious blockages.

  2. Using Drain Unblocking Chemicals
    If manual labour and the power of Boyle’s law aren’t helping, perhaps some drain unblocking chemicals will be able to deal with the drain blockage.

    You can find a wide variety of household unblocking chemicals at local supermarkets. These cleaners are designed to use chemicals in order to dissolve grease, and other items of ‘build-up’ that have caused the blockage. Different products will require different waiting times, so make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging precisely. After the allocated waiting time, use hot water to flush any remaining unblocking cleaner from the system. However, if at this time you notice that the drain has not unblocked, this means that your drains are in serious need of professional assistance.

    If you have used a chemical drain cleaner and it has not cleared the blockage, you must tell the experts that you have attempted to unblock the drain with chemical cleaners, and if possible keep the packaging for information regarding the specific cleaning product. This is because drain unblocking chemicals can be very harmful, and could very easily result in a chemical burn whilst the professional is inspecting your drainage.

 

Avoiding Drain Damage And Blockages

Once clearing a blocked drain, it’s important that you maintain best practice in order to reduce the likelihood of future blocks and damage. Drain best practice is as simple as keeping harmful and dangerous items out of your drains. The only thing that should go down your drain other than water is thin toilet paper. This means that you should never flush wet wipes, food, dental floss, chewing gum, and feminine hygiene products.

If you would like to learn more information about looking after your drainage, you can learn about the causes of ‘smelly drains’ and how drains get blocked on our blog.

 

Professional Drainage Services In Newbury

If plungers and chemical cleaners aren’t successfully removing drain blockages, don’t worry because our team of experts can help. Our drainage specialists can provide survey services to perform a thorough investigation of your drains, identifying any potential issues and recommending the appropriate service to combat the issue.

We can also provide surveys for those interested in purchasing property. We are able to conduct a survey on the property’s drainage and inform you of any underlying problems that exist with the drain and if any drain repairs are necessary.

 

Get In Touch With The Drain Gain Drainage Experts Today

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Blocked Drains In Shinfield? Don’t worry the drainage experts at Drain Gain have the skills and expertise required to unblock the drain in a swift and efficient manner.

Dangers Of Drain Neglect

The drainage system is an essential part of your property. As such it requires care and attention. If you treat your drainage poorly and with neglect, it could result in some very serious and potentially dangerous outcomes.

  1. Toxic Gas Can Be Released
    Sometimes when drains are blocked or partially blocked, hydrogen sulphide can be released. This gas is highly toxic and highly flammable and has a pungent smell of rotten eggs in small amounts. However, this gas can quickly deaden your sense of smell, making it even more dangerous.

    This gas is extremely toxic, it can cause nausea, headaches, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death. This gas has actually been implicated in several mass extinctions that have occurred throughout the Earth’s history and is thought to be responsible for the most severe extinction event in Earth’s history which resulted in the death of 96% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial life.

    The dangers of this gas should not be underestimated, if your drains are leaking ‘smelly gas’, call a professional as soon as possible.

  2. Backwash Of Wastewater And Waste
    If your drain is blocked, it’s possible for waste to be pushed backwards through the drainage system. This means that wastewater and items of waste in the drains can flow from whence they came. Waste can escape form sinkholes and toilets, affecting your property directly, however if it results in blockage in a public pipeline and not merely your own property’s piping, it could lead to very serious issues. For example, oil could leak up out of a public drain, causing a very dangerous slip hazard.

  3. Significant Structural Damage
    Escaping waste water can cause significant damage to the structure of your property. For example, it could cause mould to develop in vulnerable areas. Another terrifying risk is damage to the foundations of your home. When water enters the ground near your foundations, the dirt will swell and drink, causing pressure which can make the foundations shift; resulting in very serious damage.
  4. You Could Contribute To A Fatberg
    Fatbergs are a very serious problem that are afflicting our nation’s drainage system. A fatberg is a collection of fat, oil, grease, and a selection of other items which should not be flushed down drains, such as wet wipes or sanitary products. This collection of waste causes very large blockages that are very difficult to clear. For info specific to the dangers of fatbergs, we recommend visiting our blog and reading “The Influence of ‘Fatbergs’ On Our Drains”.
  5. Damage Through DIY
    If your drain is blocked, you might be tempted to unblock it yourself using one of the many products that are available on the high street for unblocking drains. However, it is of upmost importance that drains are unblocked correctly which numerous different issues requiring their own specific solutions.

    Without the proper training and experience, you’ll be unable to diagnose the specific problem, as such the issue could return or you could inflict worse damage to the drainage. So with the dangers of the four previous points, combined with the potential to damage the drainage yourself in your repair attempts, it’s much better to call a professional who has the expertise to diagnose the problem and provide the correct solution.

How Do You Avoid Drain Damage?

Avoiding drain damage is a simple as following best practice and keeping harmful and dangerous items out of your drains. The only thing that should go down your drain other than water is thin toilet paper. This means that you should never flush wet wipes, food, dental floss, chewing gum, and feminine hygiene products. Whilst they may seem insignificant at first, they can cause blockages, potentially resulting in some of the dangerous outcomes listed above.

If you would like to learn more information about looking after your drainage, you can learn about the causes of ‘smelly drains’ and how drains get blocked on our blog.

Unblock Your Blocked Drains In Shinfield With Drain Gain

If your drains are blocked, don’t worry because our team of experts can provide a drain survey service to investigate your drainage system, identifying any potentially issues and recommending the appropriate service to combat the issue.

Additionally, our drain survey services are also very useful for people interested in purchasing a property. Our experts will be able to conduct a survey on the property’s drainage and inform you of any underlying problems that exist with the drain.

Get In Touch With The Drain Gain Drainage Experts Today

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Drains can get blocked for a variety of different reasons, however if your property is afflicted with a blocked drain, it’s very important that you get in touch with a skilled professional to unblock it correctly. For a swift and reliable service for Blocked Drains in Newbury, get in touch with the team of drain experts at Drain Gain.

Why Are Smelly Drains “Smelly”?

Smelly drains can be very difficult to remove, however they’re more than just an inconvenience, smelly drains can be a very serious problem. The “smelly” gas leaking out of blocked drainage pipes sometimes referred to as sewer gas is hydrogen sulphide. This gas is highly toxic and highly flammable. It can cause nausea, headaches, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death.

However, whilst this gas is very pungent in small amounts making it very “smelly” it can also quickly deaden your sense of smell, which makes it very dangerous. So if you suspect any issues or if you drain smells bad, it is very important that you contact a professional as soon as possible.

Causes Of Smelly Drains

Drains can still leak pungent smells whilst everything else appears fine. Water may appear to run freely through it and seem clean, however the drain could be suffering from a partial blockage.

When afflicted with a partial blockage, the drain could be draining reasonably well, resulting in water still draining from sinks and baths; which could lead people to assume the drain is not blocked, however a partial blockage can cause problems and will eventually (if given enough time) create a full blockage.

Prevention is always better than a cure, so to give you a helping hand, here’s a list of 3 things that can cause smelly drains.

  • Hair
    It’s a common misconception that only long hair can cause a blocked drain, however clogged drains can be caused by short hair in addition to long hair. When hair sheds from our bodies, they mix with oily deposits from our bodies and other sticky particles such as soaps; this mixes together and becomes stuck. Additionally, as hair can transform into a hydro-dynamic shape, hair is actually very ‘good’ at creating clogs, with many surfaces on which other items can stick and create a bigger clog.
    Whilst it is easy to understand how hair can cause a drain to be blocked, it might be difficult to understand how hair can cause drains to smell bad. However, when hair tangles and clumps together, it traps other items in the drain, causing the pungent smell. Some ways to prevent this can be to use hair catcher for your shower drain, and remember to clean/change it regularly.

 

  • Fats & Oils
    Another common cause of blocked drains and smelly drains is fats and oils. It’s important to remember that whilst fats and oils may be liquid when being poured down the drain, they will soon become solid, causing drains to block and causing some really nasty smells. It’s also worthwhile noting that these blockages can be very difficult to clear.
    If you need to dispose of grease or fat from instruments used in cooking, you must use a container and dispose of it through an appropriate manner. (for more information regarding ways to dispose of grease and fat, please contact your local council)

 

  • Dirty Drains
    Smelly drains can be prevented by keeping your drain clean. Whilst you can’t scrub the inside of the drain, you can pour boiling water down the drain, which could help to move along and dislodge small lumps that may be stuck to the pipe work. However, if there is a partial blockage, this will not be sufficient and professional assistance may be required.

The Dangers Of Blocked Drains

Damaged drains can result in waste water regurgitation. This means that water inside the drain can return from whence it came, potentially causing significant damage to your property and the land surrounding it. However, this is not the only issue blocked drains can cause. Another serious issue in drains are fatbergs. These are collections of fat, oil, grease, and other items which should not be disposed of down a drain.

Additionally, with the severity surrounding potential issues caused by hydrogen sulphide gas, if your drains are damaged or blocked, it is extremely important that you get in touch with a drain clearing professional.

Professional Blocked Drain Services In Newbury From Drain Gain

If your drains are leaking a pungent smell or if you suspect that there might be a partial blockage in your drainage, get in touch with the drain blockage experts at Drain Gain. Our team of experts can provide a drain survey service to investigate your drainage system, identifying any potentially issues and recommending the appropriate service to combat the issue.

Whilst our survey services are a great choice for businesses or individuals that are frequently afflicted with blocked drains or smelly drains, they can also be very useful for those purchasing a new property. With a drain survey, you can identify is any underlying problems exist with the property’s drainage.

For More Information Or To Make An Enquiry, Give Us A Call

If you have any questions or if you would like some more information regarding any of the services for Blocked Drains in Newbury that are available from Drain Gain, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

In the United Kingdom over 60% of us live in hard water areas. However, what is hard water and how does it affect our drainage systems?

If your drains are damaged or blocked, get in touch with Drain Gain, we are team of experts, highly skilled in unblocking blocked drains in Oxford.

What Is Hard Water?

Water is considered hard if there is a high mineral content, which causes the water to become slightly alkaline. This alkaline level is usually around 8.5, which has a slightly higher level of alkalinity than baking soda, however it is considerably less than milk of magnesia.

On the other hand, soft water is water which is slightly acidic. This is caused by low concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions in the water. Soft water is 6.5, which is slightly acidic, a similar PH to milk.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Hard water is rich in minerals, with a particularly high concentration of magnesium which is very important for a healthy heart. Magnesium can help control important bodily functions including both blood pressure and stable heart rhythms. This means that drinking hard water could be beneficial for your heart. This is great news if you live in a hard water area, (for example the south and east of England) as hard water is available from your tap.

Does Hard Water Have Any Negative Side Effects On Drains?

Whilst hard water does have some health benefits it can also be harmful to your skin. Additionally, it has serious negative impacts on drains and other appliances. Your shower will become less powerful as a result of hard water as the mineral deposits will clog the slower head. Also, scale deposits will damage appliances an example of which is kettles; causing them to become less efficient

Many household cleaners designed to combat scale and other issues caused by hard water contain acid. This means that whilst the acid will remove scale and hard water stains, it will also damage materials like glass and chrome.

However, whilst hard water can damage your appliances and reduce their efficiency, the damage caused to your drains is much more severe. These mineral deposits can result in clogged pipes. Solidified scale (also known as lime scale) can build up causing clogs in pipes from or to your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and more. This can cause havoc on your plumbing system, causing a whole manner of issues ranging from low water pressure to complete blockages. 

It’s also important to note that whilst copper, PVC, and PEX piping is more resistant to hard water and the damages caused by scale build up, they can still be clogged and completely blocked by this build up. This means that copper, PVC, and PEX piping is not immune to the effects of hard water.

Don’t Try And Unblock The Drain Yourself, Call A Specialist

There are numerous products that are available on the market that are designed to clear blocked drains. However, without investigation, you cannot be sure what exactly is causing a blocked drain. Additionally, it’s important to remember that acidic cleaning products can cause serious damage to your drains.

It’s likely that not a single issue is causing a drain blockage. It could be a combination with a variety of different issues causing the block. So instead of spending lots of time and effort trying to unblock the drain yourself, risking wasting your time or even damaging the drain itself; instead call a professional from the team of drain specialists at Drain Gain.

Blocked Drains In Oxford? Call The Drain Gain Team

If you’re concerned about the damage that hard water could be causing to your drains or if you would like a drain survey service to identify the cause of your blocked drains in Oxford, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Drain Gain team. Our talented team of specialists will be able to discover the cause of the blockage and recommend the most appropriate service.

In addition to being an ideal solution for businesses or individuals who are afflicted with blocked or damaged drains. Our drain surveys are also be very useful for people who are interested in purchasing a new property as the survey can identify any underlying problems with the drain.

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

If your property is afflicted with a blocked drain, it’s very important that you get in touch with a skilled professional to unblock it correctly. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk damaging the drain further.

For a swift and reliable service for blocked drains in Woodley and the surrounding areas, talk to the trustworthy team of drain experts – Drain Gain.

How Do Drains Get Blocked?

Numerous different objects can cause a blocked drain. With regards to a kitchen sink, grease and fat are very common causes of a block. If you need to dispose of grease or fat from instruments used in cooking, you must use a container and dispose of it through an appropriate manner. (for more information regarding ways to dispose of grease and fat, please contact your local council)

With regards to toilet drains, it is very important that you never flush anything other than thin toilet paper. This includes wet wipes, food, dental floss, chewing gum, and feminine hygiene products. Items such as these may seem insignificant at first, however with products such as dental floss, it’s important to note that it doesn’t biodegrade, so it lingers and can tangle with other inappropriate items that are flushed such as feminine hygiene products, which are designed to be highly absorbent, making them unsafe to pass through pipes.

The Importance Of Unblocking A Drain Quickly – Do You Have A Smelly Drain?

If a drain is blocked and it starts to smell, it is very important that you get it seen to by a professional as soon as possible. The “smelly” gas leaking out of blocked drainage pipes sometimes referred to as sewer gas is hydrogen sulphide. This gas is highly toxic and highly flammable. It can cause nausea, headaches, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death.

This gas is very pungent in small amounts; however it can quickly deaden an individual’s sense of smell, making it a very dangerous gas. As such, if you suspect any issues with your drainage, contact a skilled professional as soon as possible.

Issues Cause By Blocked Drains

In order to avoid blocked drains, it is very important that only appropriate items should be flushed or poured down drains. Failure to do so can result in damaged drains.

Damaged drains can cause wastewater regurgitation, causing the water inside the drain to flow back from whence it came, this could cause significant damage to your property and the land surrounding it.

Another serious issue in our nation’s drains are fatbergs. A fatberg is a collection of fat, oil, grease, and a selection of other items which should not be flushed down drains, such as wet wipes or sanitary products. Did you know that in September 2017 a fatberg was discovered in the Whitechapel sewer in London which is now partially on display in the Museum of London?

If you would like to read more, you can learn additional information about fatbergs by visiting the Drain Gain Blog. For info specific to the dangers of fatbergs, we recommend reading “The Influence of ‘Fatbergs’ On Our Drains”.

What Are The Risks Of Unblocking A Drain Yourself?

After learning of the dangers of a blocked drain, you might be tempted to unblock it yourself, however we highly suggest that you seek the assistance of a professional. Whilst there are numerous products available on the market and the high street for unblocking drains at home, it’s important that a drain is unblocked correctly. By the time you notice an issue with your drain, either due to liquid taking a long time to drain, a full blockage, or a strong smell; it is likely that there are numerous issues with your drainage, not a single issue.

So whilst a product might be great at helping to combat a specific problem, without the relevant experience and expertise, you will be unable to diagnose the several issues currently afflicting your property’s drainage, as such in a few days, weeks, or even months later; the issues could return, potentially worse than before.

Additionally, with the severity surrounding potential issues caused by hydrogen sulphide gas, if your drains are damaged or blocked, it is extremely important that you get in touch with a drain clearing professional.

Professional Blocked Drain Services In Woodley From Drain Gain

If you have issues regarding blocked drains, get in touch with the drain blockage experts at Drain Gain. Our team of experts can provide a drain survey service to investigate your drainage system, identifying any potentially issues and recommending the appropriate service to combat the issue.

Our drain surveys are ideal for individuals or businesses who are frequently afflicted with blocked drains; additionally they can also be very useful for people who are interested in purchasing a new property as the survey can identify any underlying problems with the drain.

Contact The Friendly Team Of Drainage Experts At Drain Gain Today!

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Floods caused by blocked drains, Heavy consistent  rains has been causing drains to flood. Over the last few years this has become a more common cause of flooding. Climate change may be the cause, or could it be we just do not look after our drains ? Probable both factors are important.

Wet wipes in Drains. The way we keep ourselves clean has changed over the last few years, wet wipes are a common cause of blockages. Although the packaging will tell you these are flush able and they are flush able, what it fails to mention is that most are not bio degradable, unlike good old toilet paper that breaks down and will move through your drains without any problems. Wet wipes will cause you issues if disposed of down your toilet, if the do not cause you issues then they will someone else. that someone else could be your neighbours of it they reach the Sewage treatment plant or pump station then as you cam imagine they arrive in there hundreds if not thousands every day, the problem is the that of your local water company.

Blocked pumps and equipment that are blocked with wet wipes cause major issues and can lead to local flooding of foul water, this in turn is not good for public health.

Ways to prevent blockages

Take just a minute to reflect on items you place down the drains, this includes wet wipes, sanitary products, food waste, fat and grease. If we disposed of these items in the correct manner, not only would we reduce the amount of drain blockages, we would also make our lives a little bit easier and the lives of the people that have to deal with problems caused by our actions. Dispose of items correctly and stop to think about what you are placing down your drain

Keeping drains clear and free flowing throughout Oxfordshire

When we turn on the tap, do we know where our water goes? Every time we use the toilet, go for a shower or wash up after dinner, do we understand what happens to the wastewater? It’s understandable that we forget or don’t think about it at all – once the water is gone, it’s gone. Right?

No – it needs to travel through the pipework and into the local sewage system. As we regularly undertake drain unblocking in Reading here at Drain Gain, we cannot stress enough the importance of people thinking about the items that may be disposed of down our drains – purposefully or by accident. Non-naturally perishing items will build up inside the pipework and cause a blockage that will see water unable to travel to its destination. Where is the wastewater supposed to go then? It isn’t too difficult to imagine…

 

Drain Unblocking in Reading

Having been carrying out drain unblocking in Reading and throughout the South East for many years now, we have gained a unique insight into the plumbing issues that affect everyday life. Read on to learn more about the causes of a blocked drain.

 

What Causes Drain Blockages?

Blocked drains are all too common in the home – with regular care and attention they can be treated before any major issues do occur. Some of the main causes of blocked drains include:

 

  • Grease and fat being disposed of down the kitchen sink is perhaps the most common cause of a blockage, as these substances stick inside the water pipes and eventually build up over time to clog-up the drains, leading to wastewater not being able to be disposed of. Being amongst the most-common, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. When you’re disposing of grease or fat from a cooking instrument, use a container (such as an old coffee jar) and pour the substance into it. The liquid will solidify and when that occurs, you can choose to reuse it again (great to save money on cooking fats!) or find out information from your local council on how you should dispose of it (as many have different criteria in regards to its disposal).

 

  • Toiletry items, other than specific toilet paper, should NEVER be flushed down the pan to dispose of it. Toilet paper is specifically made from a thin, easy-breakable material so it can travel through the waste pipes and eventually disparate – even kitchen towels shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet. Blocked toilets are all-too common as people make the mistake of flushing items such as nappies, baby wipes and sanitary towels down the toilet. Being thick and not made from the same materials as toilet paper, they will simply stick to the pipes or inside a drain, causing a blockage. These items should be disposed of by wrapping the used materials in a sanitary bag and placed in the general waste bin.

 

  • On a similar bathroom theme, Hair is another common cause of drain blockages – although hairs may seem soft and delicate, they can easily tangle together inside of a water pipe and prevent most (and eventually, all) water not being able to pass through the pipe. There are a number of products that can filter out hairs from going down the sink, bathtub and shower – but always make sure to check for hairs in or around the plughole on a regular basis.

 

  • Foreign objects can be defined as anything non liquid-based that find themselves in the sink or drain. Items such as bits of soap and food can build up over time and cause a blockage, so always pay close attention to what you put in the sink. Ensure that all food is thrown away before the plates are placed in the sink. Always check close to a drain on a constant basis for any signs of a foreign object – discarded bits of soap (and hair) can be washed down the drain as soon as you turn the shower on, for example.

 

  • It isn’t just indoor drains that need to be checked on a regular basis, of course, but the drains outside are easily susceptible to leaves, trees and even litter blowing inside them and causing blockages and an overflow of wastewater. Always check your outside drains for any signs of blockages and be sure to stay atop of your garden maintenance to prevent leaves, trees and litter from infiltrating your drains. You could also place a drain filter over older, larger types of drains that will let water flow into it but nothing else.

 

What Happens If Blockages Aren’t Treated?

If water cannot flow through your drainage system, it will simply overflow causing damage to your property, including electrical damage (especially water that regurgitates back from the pipes and into a washing machine).

A blocked drain can be detected by any, or a combination of, the following signs:

 

  • Sight – The most obvious sign of a blockage, is of course, when the water either goes down the plughole slowly or not at all, regurgitating itself. Look for signs of water coming back through all appliances that use water – including your washing machine.

 

  • Sounds – Any unusual sounds that emanate from water-draining appliances may be a sign of a poor-functioning drain. The classic identifier is a toilet that makes a ‘gurgling sound’ when flushed.

 

  • Smell – Often dismissed because of their role in getting rid of wastewater, a foul-smelling drain is probably a sign that there’s a blockage somewhere in the drainage system. Aside from being unpleasant (with the smell likely to go back into the property if not treated) the added menace provided by a blocked drain, is that the wastewater could regurgitate, flowing back from whence it came, affecting the property and the land surrounding it.

 

Even with great care and attention, malfunctioning drains do occur. So if any of these issues transpire, you should get in touch with a waste management professional right away to treat the problem before it escalates.

 

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If you would like more information on our drain unblocking in Reading service, or for any further information on drain clearance in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. Give us a call on 01491 598400

The recent emergence of a ‘fatberg’ – a solid lump of congealed fat and other paraphernalia – in an East London sewer, made worldwide news. Its emergence highlighted our responsibilities to our drainage systems and why we should be careful when disposing of certain items.

Blocking the flow of water from the home, it doesn’t take a drainage expert to work out what happens when its progress is halted – the wastewater will revert back from whence it came. This is why if you suspect blocked drains in Shinfield, that they should be dealt with immediately – otherwise the issue will just get worse and wastewater, will eventually flow back and cause an untold amount of issues for the property.

 

Drain Gain – An Expert Service of Blocked Drains In Shinfield

 With our work concerning blocked drains in Shinfield, all over Berkshire and throughout the South East of England, we have seen firsthand the effects that common household waste has on our drains. Having spent many a year clearing all manner of drains in the local area, we have gained a great insight into dealing with blocked drains and then ensuring that they don’t reoccur – so please read on to learn how you can treat your blocked drains.

 

How Are Fatbergs Formed?

The recent news of the giant fatberg has at least provided local authorities and waste experts alike with an opportunity to stress the importance of thinking about what we let go down our drains. By its sheer name alone, you can tell what the main component of a fatberg is – a countless number of people dispose of household fat, oil and grease down their drains, which sticks and congeals in our pipes.

The find in London measures 50m long and weighs 130 tonnes, with Thames Water declaring it as a ‘monster’, which 8 workers have had to remove in stages, over a period of 3 weeks. This isn’t the first time a fatberg has caused issues in the local area – in 2013 a bus-sized lump of fat had to be removed from a drain in Kingston. By the recent story going viral, Thames Water are hoping that people start to realise the effects of what they place down their sinks.

It isn’t just what we put down our sinks that leads to such blockages, of course – other components of a fatberg include non-corrosive items such as wet wipes, nappies – even kitchen towels – that we dispose of down our toilets.

 

How Can I Avoid A Sewage Blockage In The Future?

Other than water, nothing else should be poured down a drain. It’s as simple as that, really. In reality, people have busy lives and it’s understandable that sometimes, it’s just much easier to dispose of something in the easiest and quickest way possible. But these small instances will add up to big ones before long – which is why we need to take more care of what we drain or flush away.

Any fats, oils and grease must be placed in a container and thrown away in general waste, as do any leftover meals prior to the plates being cleaned. In terms of the toilet, you should NEVER dispose of anything other than thin, corroding toilet paper. This type of material has been specifically designed to decompose over time and therefore, won’t be causing a blockage over the long term.

By taking these small steps, you can ensure that from your end at least, you won’t be suffering from any blocked drains in Shinfield.

 

I’m Already Suffering From A Blocked Drain – How Can Drain Gain Help?

If you’re currently (or suspect you are) suffering from a blocked drain, then you shouldn’t let the problem fester – as the extreme example with the recent fatberg shows, these issues can grow. Here at Drain Gain, we are a leading drain unblocking service located in Oxfordshire. Thanks to our location, we are ideally located to carry out work around the South East – so if you’re suffering from blocked drains in Shinfield, Bracknell or Swindon, our team are able to mobilise asap to treat whatever your issue may be.

No matter the type of blockage – whether it’s one that’s located in an indoor drain or one located outside, our service will be able to remove it quickly and safely. As part of our dedication to our client-focused ethos, we operate a 24-hour call out service that is able to assist you with your issue, no matter the time of day.

Treating blocked drains in Shinfield is just one part of our drain management services, the others include:

 

  • Septic tank emptying
  • Pump station emptying and servicing
  • Testing of soakaways
  • Emptying of gullies
  • Servicing of fat and grease traps
  • Drain surveyance

 

With all our services, we do not charge a fee when we’re called out. In fact, our fast-responders will not charge you until the issue has been treated – there are no hidden charges or extras, we will only carry out our work once you are happy with the agreed price. So no matter the issue caused by any aspect of your drainage system, choose Drain Gain to effectively and swiftly deal with the problem.

 

Contact Us Today To Learn More About Drain Clearance In Shinfield

If you would like more information on how we can help you to treat your blocked drains in Shinfield, Berkshire or throughout the South East, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call our friendly drain experts today on 01491 598400..

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