Every home depends on efficient drainage and pipes to make sure that water is properly drained from the building. That obviously won’t happen if there is a problem, such as a blocked drain in Wollongong or the pipe becoming damaged, and you may find yourself with wastewater in your house or garden, which may be very unpleasant indeed.
Here, we’ll see the most frequent causes of drain issues and offer suggestions on how to prevent or resolve them:
1. Disposing of unsuitable objects in sinks and toilets
Putting stuff down the drains that you really shouldn’t be is one of the most frequent reasons for blockage. Wipes and fats are the main offenders. Baby, face, cleaning, and other types of wipes do not decompose like toilet paper, so they build up in drains and eventually clog them. Wipes, even those that claim to be flushable, shouldn’t be used in the toilet. Fats can cause serious problems because of the way they clog drains.
The “fatberg,” a mass of fat and wipes the size of a double-decker bus, that was found in London’s sewers serves as the ideal illustration of the issue! Nappies, live goldfish, and even areas where cannabis plants were flourishing were among the other things discovered in the blocked drain in Wollongong.
2. Outside objects entering drains
From the outside, drains can also become blocked. Paint, as well as other objects like leaves, stones, and debris, are periodically put down drains that shouldn’t be. Blockages may eventually result from these.
To prevent foreign objects from being blown into the drains, think about placing some drain covers over the grates (and make it more difficult for anyone to willingly pour something down there).
3. Branch roots
Even though they may have been minor or nonexistent when the pipes were first placed, tree roots can be fairly extensive underground and may now be interfering with your blocked drain to the point where they are damaged. They can cause pipes to crack, cause leaks, or even start growing inside the pipes, obstructing water flow.
Since you can’t see what’s happening underground, you are obviously somewhat limited, but just keep a watch on any trees on your property, especially older, larger ones. Roots may be producing problems below the earth if you can see them generating other problems, such as crumbling paths or growing up through the ground.
4. Structural difficulties with pipes
The pipes themselves ageing might result in a blocked drain. Fibreglass pipes can really become “squashed,” which limits their size and prevents water flow. Terracotta pipes can fracture and experience displacement (when a junction fails and a part of the pipe drops). Subsidence may threaten underground piping.
Again, since everything is underground, it can be impossible to tell whether there is a problem until you are already having one.
If you think there might be a blocked drain in Wollongong, you should really think about having one surveyed. Using correlator technology, we can send a camera down the drain to see exactly what’s happening inside. From there, we can recommend the best course of action. Dealing with a sewage leak in the house would cost far more than the approximate £90 cost of this survey! If you have water seeping in from someplace, we can also do some dye tests to help us identify the source of the leak.