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Top 5 common drainage problems

Drainage problems have always been an ongoing issue be it in a residential, commercial or industrial environment. While most problems are minor enough to ignore or live with it, drainage issues can escalate to major reconstruction and investment.

Drainage problems often start with signs of breakdown such as seeing the kitchen sink will not drain. And this will happen more frequently.

Why you should worry about drainage problems

A blockage can cause structural damages. This can lead to costly repairs, operational disruptions such as temporary closure or diversion, and environment unpleasantness such as floods and sewage spills of foul odour.

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Here are the top 5 common drainage issues


Slow draining sinks, clogged drains, and toilet bowls with poor draining functions are some signs of blocked drainage. They are largely caused by coffee grounds, hair, tissues, fat and other oil residues that are flushed down inappropriately.

Quick fixes such as downing hot water or liquid cleaning solutions, and applying pressure and suction with a plunger can provide temporary relief. However, escalated complications should be corrected by professional drainage companies.

Broken or displaced joints

The movement of the ground, which can be caused by ground instability or drainage repairs, can cause displacement or damage in your pipes. These result in leaks and in worse situations, structural damage where pipes lose structural support and collapse as a result.

Solution: Relining pipelines without the need for excavation and the convenience in repairing localised damage or relining joints where digging may not be necessary.


Drainage systems are constantly exposed to wear and tear that eventually cause fractures to the pipes. These cracks are typically located near the joints where wastewater can leak through, flow into the lower, surrounding areas, and weaken their structure.

Solution: It can be difficult identifying fractures deep within. If you suspect cracks or fractures in your drainage system, you can request for a professional drainage inspection.

Root Intrusions

In rare instances, tree roots surrounding water lines may burrow deep into the ground and hit the drainage pipelines. They often penetrate through the joints, puncturing holes into the pipework thus causing blockages that may lead to serious problems.

Implication: Wastewater and foul odour will seep out, further trapping debris such as hair, tissue papers and fats, putting the pipes at risk from bursting.

Collapsed sections of pipe

A collapsed pipe disallows wastewater to flow appropriately, and cause leaking to surrounding area. This means elevating other problems such as promoting mold growth, weakening of ground structure, and attracting pests such as rats, mosquitoes, and flies.

Note: In the event of a collapsed pipe, an immediate repair should be in order.

When should you consider professional drainage companies?

Some evaluation questions include, if your multiple DIY fixes didn’t work. If the problem turns worse, or if physical and environment signs are showing such as visible damages and fouls, poor drainage functioning and even presence of pests such as cockroaches, rats and drain flies.

Learn more about how drainage can be well taken care off. Call us at +6560129715

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