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Most Common Reasons for Blocked Drains:

  1. Blocked Drains from Hair

This is very common, a build-up of hair that’s starting to clog your drain. Most times it’s a moderately easy task to simply ‘remove the hair’, but if it’s not cleared up straight you should Call Optimus Plumbing. But whilst it’s a common problem for many homeowners, there are ways you can fix your drain and put a long-term solution in place.

How to prevent hair from blocking drains?

Keep your shower grates clean and check regularly that the grate is not damaged and seated properly. Small amounts of hair can be removed by pulling it out with gloved hands to avoid it getting worse. Drain cleaning devices such as plungers and drain springs can also be used to help remove the hair from the drain.

It’s important to remove the hair before it gets clogged into the entry of the drain pipes. If you’re unable to reach the hair or the devices aren’t working as intended, it’s time to speak to a blocked drain specialist like Optimus Plumbing. Call Us Now

  1. Blocked Drains from Grease Build-up

Any grease or fatty substance that is washed down the sink will stick to the inside of the pipes and eventually build up to a point no liquid can pass through. It’s important to be aware that this grease doesn’t leave the pipes as easily as you would expect. In these cases we suggest using High Pressure Drain Cleaning (Also known as Hydro Jet) to ensure that your pipes are as clean as new.

How to Prevent Grease Build-up?

Avoid washing these fatty ingredients down the drain as much as possible. You can wipe out any remaining grease and oil out of you pans into the dust bin before washing. This counts for icing sugar and butter as well.

  1. Blocked Drains from Toiletries

As more people get into the habit of disposing of toiletries down the drain, bigger problems are being caused in our pipes and sewers. Nappies and baby wipes are the two most common issue items known to block drains after being flushed down the toilet.

How to prevent this problem? 

Do not flush toiletries, nappies or any other disposable or non-disposable items down the toilet or drain.   

  1. Blocked Drains from Heavy Rain & Storm Water

Throughout the rainy season, drains will experience floods of water due to heavy rainfall. Because drains aren’t really designed to take the full impact of this weather and everything that flows with it, we do experience a lot of blocked drains during this time.

How to prevent Blocked Drains from Heavy Rain and Storms? 

Ensure gutters are cleaned to prevent a build-up of leaves which will cause a bigger blockage. Problems caused by heavy rain and storms will usually require a plumber so why not call the best plumbers in Pretoria.

  1. Blocked Drains from Broken or Corroded Pipes

Water pipes can break or become corroded from general wear and tear or tree roots that break through the pipes. As soon as the pipe begins to fracture, it becomes more susceptible to blockages. This is where a Camera Inspection becomes very handy.

How to Prevent Blocked Drains from Broken Pipes?

You can only prevent this by replacing or amending the problematic section. Call Optimus Plumbing for a full inspection and quota.

  1. Blocked Drains from Incorrect Installation

Poor pipe installation can result in costly drain blockages. Whilst DIY methods can be money saving and an ‘easy’ part of a home renovation, installing your own pipes is not recommended. This can lead to problems like incorrect water flow, fractured pipes and costly repairs.

How to Prevent Blocked Drains from Bad Pipe Installation?

Always have a licensed plumber install your pipe system, see domestic and industrial water system installation. This will ensure everything is laid correctly underground and, in your walls, to promote a healthy water flow and reduce blockages. If you already have pipes installed and are currently having issues, have a professional plumber like Optimus Plumbing come out and inspect the pipes to give you some on-the-spot recommendations.

  1. Blocked Drains from Foreign Objects

From children’s toys to soap, food build-up, sanitary items and other foreign materials, objects that can be easily dropped down the drain are likely to block eventually. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, many materials shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain for this reason.

How to Prevent Blocked Drains from Foreign Objects?

Keep watch of young children who may flush just anything down the toilet and educate them by explaining the reasons why. Ensure you dispose of food scraps and waste properly, rather than trying to wash down the drain, and be wary of anything that may have accidentally dropped in, causing a drain blockage.

  1. Blocked Drains from Building Materials

During Building and/or Renovations, be sure not to dump or store any building material near a drain were they might by acceding find a way into the drain for instance heavy water flow by rain.

How to Prevent Blocked Drains from Building Materials?

Keep materials as far away from drains as possible and don’t was building and painting tools in your basin but rather outside in the garden if possible.

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