How common household drains get blocked

Slow and sluggish drains are a common household problem and often caused because of a lack of cleaning or sudden blockages.

So, what are some of the ways that our drains get blocked and what are some of the things we can do to prevent it from happening?

The most significant cause of a blocked shower drain is body and head hair. Often people shave in the shower or loose hair when they wash their head hair, this results in it falling into the drain and binding to all the soap, waxes and gels that linger in the pipe. Often people are unaware that many soaps contain gelatines and animal fats; subsequently, when this goes into your drain, it hardens and solidifies, binding to the sides of the internal pipes. This means that when hair enters the drain, it gets caught in the fats and gels that are stuck on the lining of the pipe. This results in a hair being caught in the gunk, and there starts the beginning of a blockage.

So, what can you do up prevent this from happening?

  1. Buy fat-free animal soap or move to a liquid gel these do not contain animal fat.
  1. Move to water-based lotions and soap free body washes, these are less harsh on the skin and much better for your shower drains.
  1. Regularly, pour hot boiling water together with bicarb soda and vinegar down your drain (see other blogs) this will clean the inside of your pipe and remove any unwanted grime and fat build up.

When it comes to your kitchen sinks, it is often food waste and oils that cause common kitchen sink blockages. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not put anything down your kitchen sink drains, this will not only minimise blockages but also reduce pungent smells that come up from the pipes because of raw foods that have fallen into the drain.

It is recommended that you adopt the following practices to minimise kitchen sink blockage.

  1. Drain guards will help to collect food and stop waste from falling into the drain.
  1. Not pouring oils and fats into the sink will help to keep them clean. It’s encouraged to pour these into the garden or the bin for disposal.
  1. Regular cleaning, as mentioned above with showers is also encouraged.

Lastly, bathrooms sinks are often clogged from people brushing their teeth (saliva), facial hair, as well as other soaps, creams and git from washing your hands. All of these things bind together to block your bathroom sink, causing it to smell.

When it comes to the bathroom sink, it is encouraged that you clean it regularly. A weekly drain cleaner can help to keep water flowing smoothly. Unfortunately, this is one of the only sinks in the house that will get blocked more often than not, as there are not many substitutes for toothpaste and brushing one’s teeth. However, opting for a hand gel over a soap is always recommended, as well as cleaning out any facial hair will help to reduce the amount of times it gets blocked.

So, now that you understand some common reasons why your drains get clogged it essential to try to minimise what you put into your pipes. For more information, please review our other blogs on drain cleaning tips.