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Why You Will End Up with Blocked Pipes

Why You Will End Up with Blocked Pipes

Everyone is guilty of flushing their leftovers down the sink instead of cleaning them up right after washing. While your drains may be able to hold up for a while, it’s only a matter of time you will end up with blocked pipes. These instances of inadequate waste disposal can happen when:

  • Non-flushable objects are flushed down the toilet in the washroom.
  • Leftover food from dish washing are drained down the sink especially restaurants where food preparations are in larger quantity and rely more on drainage facilities.
  • Heaps of hair are left to clog the drains in the shower.

What You Should Never Pour Down the Drain?

If you do not want to end up with blocked pipes, do not dump these into your sinkhole:

  • Grease. Grease, fats, and oil solidify to sticky globs that block the pipes. In fact, these can account for about half of sewer overflow issues each year. Tips: Store them in a container or plastic bags for disposal.
  • Flour. When mixed together, flour and water create a glue-like mixture that can stick to your pipes and attract other wastes to form a clog. Tips: Wipe off any flour presence in the sink
  • Absorbent Products. Paper towels, cotton balls, sanitary napkins, and tampons are absorbent and non-flushable items that are the usual causes of serious choke. It should go without saying that they should go straight into the trash and not be flushed down the toilet.
  • Hair. When strands of hair get into the drain, they get stuck inside and form a clog that traps other waste. So, make sure to clear any physical presence of hair after shower!
  • Expandable Food. Similar to absorbent products, expandable food items such as pasta and rice absorb water and expands. Although a strand of pasta that has somehow slid down the sink isn’t a big deal, a handful of them can cause some impact.
  • Paint. The sink may seem like a great place to rinse the paint off your brushes. Besides the toxicity that can cause damage to the environment, paints are hard to flush down the drain. They have the tendency to harden at surfaces, eventually causing clogs.

Incidents Caused by Poor Waste Disposal

Blocked drains and pipes are some of the obvious indications of a compromised drainage system, resulting from poor waste disposal. Here are some other warning signs you should never ignore:

  • Unexplainable stench and uncontrollable bad odour. One of the first warning signs that your pipes are accumulating debris is the smell they let off. Over time, the buildup of waste, food and hair in the drain start to decompose and their odour makes their way up the pipe.
  • Overflowing water. When the water can’t freely pass through the pipes, it backflows and eventually overflows. It is a typical case among clogged toilets and while they may have sufficient water pressure to flush the clog, worse cases may require a professional.
  • Unexpected floods and water leakages. Other indications of clogged pipes are the water concentrations in odd places including the walls, floors and/or on your lawn.
  • Structural damages. In worse situations, blocked drainage systems can also lead to structural damage such as the bursting and cracking of pipes. It can happen when the blockage is creating enough pressure to the point that t causes the pipe to explode.

When you have blocked pipes, time to call a drainage company?

Majority of us pay attention to our drainage system only when it gets blocked. Experts from reputable drainage companies can conduct a visual inspection to diagnose the problem early and recommend suitable solutions to address them. In the event a visual inspection isn’t sufficient, a full-site survey may be required where CCTV scanning will be utilised to track down the blockage in the pipes.

After-choke effects such as the long-term odour buildup can linger even after resolving your drainage problems.

Solve your blocked pipes today with Initial Hygiene. Call us to speak directly to a drainage expert at (65) 6347 8138