Toilet Blockages - Causes, Prevention And How To Unblock

So you flush your toilet and the water doesn’t flow down the drain at its normal speed. It really is at this point that you should take action, as there is an obstruction not allowing the same amount of water flow through the pipes as it usually does, but unfortunately people usually leave these slow moving blockages until it is too late.

Blockages in home toilets can be cause by all sorts of objects, those such as:

- Excessive toilet paper 
- Children’s toys 
- Children’s nappies 
- Children’s baby wipes 
- Women’s sanitary towels 
- Miscellaneous items (which may have fallen into the toilet by accident)

The variety of articles that can block your toilet means varying timescales from when a slow flushing toilet turns into a blocked toilet. If the toilet is attended to immediately, the blockage could be cleared easily, as it could only be the early stages of a blockage, so by use of the correct tools it can be cleared. If you let too much time pass from first noticing the issue, the blockage may be a lot more stubborn to remove, and you might incur costs by having to call out a local plumber or drainage company.

It would be a good start to always keep the toilet area clear and safe of children, also making sure that nothing is stored on top of the toilet cistern, this guarantees that nothing can be knocked in to the toilet pot accidentally. Also, do your research on what you can and what you can’t put down the toilet, if you are unsure try a water test. A water test should be done side by side with toilet paper. As you will see, if toilet paper is left in water for 30 minutes, it will have disintegrated, hence why it is safe to use in toilets, whereas something like a child’s nappy for example, will hardly be changed by 30 minutes in water, apart from its size, increasing drastically - the same way that a woman’s sanitary item would - showing you why they can quite easily cause stubborn blockages.

Always make sure you are equipped with the correct tools should you experience a blocked toilet, for example, a plunger. Toilet plungers can be found in most local superstores or merchants usually at a very low cost. I appreciate that they may not be the most attractive tools in the world, but they could save you a lot of money. A toilet auger could also be kept handy in the home, for more serious and stubborn blockages. Plungers are quite simple to use, as all you need to do is cover the entry to the toilet with the head of the plunger, and thrust backward and forward in an energetic motion - remembering that you are trying to create force to move any obstacle in the drain - it really is that simply. Hopefully you will never have to use the plunger, aiding yourself by not putting items down the toilet than aren’t designed to, but also by carrying out minor maintenance on your drains once a month.

There are some well-known, traditional drain maintenance methods which use household items such as baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour 3 tablespoons of baking soda, followed by 250ml of vinegar down your toilet. Together they cause a chemical reaction which can help in shifting any unwanted obstructions in your pipes. Leave the mixture in the toilet for 30 minutes then flush the toilet, which should do the trick.

Knowing that people live their life’s at 100 miles per hour, more people end up with a completely blocked drain than not as they don’t have the time or the understanding to take action, so in the event that the toilet does become completely blocked, you are best calling one of the experts who will be able to assist you accordingly.

If you have the above problem of a blocked toilet, then drain clear UK are always on hand to help you, at whatever time of day or night, feel free to contact through the website at www.drainclearuk.co.uk

How You Can Help To Prevent Blockages Happening In Your Home Drainage Sytem

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 showers 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 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.

I hope this article helps.

Thanks

This article is for advice only. If you live in England, and have tried all of the techniques spoken about above, then you may need to call the experts in, such as Drain Clear UK.

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What Equipment Is Used To Unblock Stubborn Drains

The equipment used to unblock a drain varies dependant on what is causing the blockage, and also how stubborn the blockage is. Some of the most commonly known equipment are as following:

A cable machine – These machines are very useful when you come across a tree root in a drain, the machine can simply cut through the root to help remove it.

A high pressure drain jetting machine can be used, these are fantastic for clearing/blasing away almost anything from your drain, things such as grease/fat, dirt and also tree roots. The main benefit of the water jetting machine, is it’s size, and ability to access drains which are difficult to get to by hand, the head can be fed meters through pipes to locate and clear the blockage. This is a problem in itself however, because yes, you will know the blockage in the drainw ill have been cleared, due to the flow of water through the drain, but you cannot physically see to what extent the drain has been unblocked until it has been view by a CCTV Drain CameraCCTV Drain Surveys are vital in identifying blockages in a drain, and also helping to see that there are no remenants of the above named articles left in the drain which could soon cause a blockage, again. 

If the CCTV Drain Survey shows that there is infact a tree root which is causing the blockage, then there is a high chance that the drain could become blocked by the tree root again, very soon. There are, however, products on the market that you can put down your drain to stop this from happening. Some of the products on the market contain chemicals which can actually kill the end of the tree root to stop it from returning. Please view out most recent blog on ‘The Safe Usage Of Chemical Drain Cleaners’ to keep you safe when using these drain cleaners. The good news, is that the chemical used to kill the tree root is totally harmless to humans.

In some cases, drains can become blocked because they are damaged, and in this case they would need to be repaired in order for the blockage to be cleared.Drains can become malformed or broken due to many issues, and if this is the case then the drain can either be totally replaced, which may require excavation of the area, or we can insert a new inner lining to the drain to help retain its previous form.

Drain Relining is not a temporary repair, the technique usually referred to as ‘No Dig’ is a permanent and very effective way of repairing a drain. ‘No Dig’ speaks for itself, meaning the drain can be repaired remotely from the nearest access point, WITHOUT the need to dig the area, be it a garden or a road, saving time and money. 

There are always drain pipes which cannot be repaired, as they simply may not be repairable, for example an old clay drain pipe which is severely damaged perhaps from a large vehicle driving over the land above it and causing serious damange. In this case excavation would be required and a new, more likely a PVC drain would be installed.

PVC drains last longer, and are less inclined to crack or break through weathering, thus being much more reliable.

Drain clear uk have been unblocking & repairing blocked drains for over 30 years, so please feel free to contact us below dependant upon your area, and we will be more than happy to help.

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The Safe Use Of Chemical Drain Cleaner

Drain cleaners which are biochemical often use bacteria to clear drains, and can normally be used by the everyday man or women. Even though these are generally not caustic, they still need to be observed carefully. These sorts of cleaners can often cause irritations to skin and eyes, so must be used with the utmost care.

 

As above, the chemicals which are available on the market to clean your drains can often be extremely effective, but along with the chemical, comes a few reasons for caution. You must ALWAYS read the instructions and cautions on the label of the bottle, including any other instructions that come with the product. 9 times out of 10 the cleaner will come with some further instructions, however, if it doesn’t, then you can usually find these listed on the manufacturer’s website on the internet, or perhaps on a relevant forum. As with any product, some are mostly safe, but some can be quite dangerous if misused. Some can react with water and give off poisonous fumes, which if inhaled, can cause serious injury, so please be careful. There are other reasons as to why you need to be careful in your choice of drain cleaner; For example, if you call a drainage company out to unblock your drain and you have already used chemical cleaners to clear the blockage yourself, the cleaner could in fact damage the drainage engineer’s equipment. Not only could it damage the engineer’s equipment, it could also cause injury to the engineer himself! If you do not advise the engineer of the chemicals you have used, and the engineer becomes ill from the chemicals you have used, then you may in fact be held responsible.

 

What is more worrying is that some chemicals produce colour and odourless fumes, such as Sodium Hydroxide, which can be harmful to human beings. As well as fumes, heat can be produced from some drain cleaning products, which can again cause injury to humans, and can even melt plastic drain pipes.

If the drain cleaner that you have used doesn’t clear the blockage, then a drain jetting machine may be required to blast the blockage away. If the chemical is still active when water is blasted into the drain, then this may cause a further reaction and could unearth further problems, these could include the following:

 

·         The drain cable could be covered with water containing acid from the chemical, causing damage.

·         Fumes and liquid containing acid could retract back through the household drainage system, through bathtubs and sinks.

·         Heat could form from the chemical and melt or severely damage the drain pipe.

 

It is worth mentioning that some of the gases that are produced from these chemicals can cause death, not just to humans, but more easily to small animals. It is essential that the area where the chemical is added to, is adequately ventilated e.g. not in confined spaces. A good idea would be to ensure that the person who administers the chemical does so without an audience, reducing the risk of multiple problems.

 

Burns can be caused in some cases if chemicals are misused, as drain cleaners are manufactured to work on organic material to break it down, and your skin being organic material, would be easily broken down by the chemical causing burns to your skin.

 

Let’s bear in mind that most drain cleaners have little dangers, and even chemical cleaners you would use to unblock your drain which are dangerous can be safe, if used correctly.

 

Find more information such as how to unblock your drains and toilets, including how to prevent a blockage in the first place, at www.drainclearuk.co.uk

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.
I hope this article helps, you can find more at www.drainclearuk.co.uk/help-topics 
Thanks

How To Prevent Your Toilet From Blocking

Understand what you can and can’t flush down the toilet.

Homeowners are often the cause of a blocked toilet, as they do not know what they can and can’t flush down the toilet – often flushing items down the toilet that largely contribute to blockages. These include facial wipes/tissues, napkins, paper towels, tooth floss, coffe grounds, hair, grease and other oils, medication etc. All of the above sit in your pipes and over time can build up causing minor OR major blockages. Sometimes it is hard to understand what you should and shouldn’t flush down the toilet, but they best way of steering clear of a blocked toilet – is ONLY putting your toilet waste + disposable toilet paper own the toilet. If you wanted to understand whether something was flushable or not – you can do a small field test to understand whether it is or isn’t going to cause a blocked toilet. Ensure to do this side by side with toilet paper so you can see the difference. Fill two bowls with cold water, put some toilet paper in one and the item you wish to check in the other. Swirl the water around and then leave them for at least and hour – then return see the results. Toilet paper will always disintegrate and come to pieces in a toilet, whereas non flushable items will remain intact, so the result will show whether or not the item is in fact flushable, or if it will cause you to have a blocked toilet.

Ensure you flush the toilet properly

Your toilet is not immune to being blocked by simply using it for what it is meant for. Sometimes if you use too much toilet paper, they can ball together causing a blockage as only the outside part of the ball of toilet paper will disintegrate – not all of it. Do not flush large amounts of toilet paper at once.

Keep the toilet area Clear

Sometimes it feels like a good idea to use the toilet shelf as a storage area for toilet paper, air freshners, and other items. Unfortunately, what you are doing is leaving these items wide open to falling into the toilet pot, which may end up being inadvertently flushed down the toilet, causing it to be blocked. By keeping the area clear, you decrease the risk of this happening, and thus, decrease the chances of having a blocked toilet.

Tend to slow draining toilet pipes as soon as you can

Instead of waiting around for the issue to go away on its own, make sure you take relevant action to get the partially blocked drain cleared straight away. Use anything you have within your armory such as a toilet plunger or chemical drain cleaner to try and rid your property of the blocked drain, because if you don’t, they it may continue on to cause you much bigger problems in the end. You may end up costing yourself an unnecessary cost.

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