Some tell-tale signs can warn you about potential blocked drains so you can take action

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. “Muuuuummmmm, Daaaaaaaddddd, the toilet’s blocked!” Oh, did I mention that it’s 11am on Christmas Day and you’re about to have 23 relatives arrive any minute for lunch?

Yep, if there’s one thing that’s going to put a real downer on your Christmas celebrations, it’s blocked drains.

But, I’m here with good news. Fortunately, if you know the warning signs to look out for, you can take action for blocked drains before they get out of hand.

Blocked drain warning sign 1: Slow draining sinks

Are your sinks taking longer to drain than normal? Does it seem like the problem has gradually got worse over the course of a few days? This can be an early warning sign of a blockage in your drains and is worth investigating before a little problem turns into a big problem!

Blocked drain warning sign 2: Bubbling toilet and gurgling drains

Can you hear your toilet bubbling while you are in the shower, or draining the bath? Or is water overflowing in the shower outlet when you flush the toilet? These are signs that water is not draining freely, so the water is going wherever it can.

Blocked drain warning sign 3: Strong odours

If you have blockages near your kitchen sink, shower, bathtub, or bathroom basin, debris like food, hair, fats and oils and so forth can start to accumulate. And this matter will start to rot, giving off foul odours through the pipes.

Jahli Plumbing is here to help prevent and fixed blocked drains

There’s several ways that we can help you to prevent blocked drains ruining your day.

For properties with earthenware pipes that are subject to being blocked by overgrown tree roots, annual pipe clearing can be a worthwhile addition to your household maintenance schedule. Intrusive tree roots are one of the most common causes of blocked drains, so if you have large trees in your yard, this can be a likely reason for any blockages.

For a longer term preventative strategy, it can also be worth considering relining earthenware pipes with PVC lining, or replacing old earthenware pipes with modern pipes – especially if planning a large scale renovation.

And of course, remember that foreign objects should never be flushed down the toilet or washed down your drains. This includes so-called “flushable wipes” which are actually slow to break down and easily bunch up causing obstructions in the sewer line.

Over to you

Have you had blocked drains ruin a holiday before? Or have you implemented a regular drain clearing into your home maintenance plan? Let me know in the comments.