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 A guide to blocked drains

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There are many causes of blocked drains – below are just some of the examples:

What causes a drain to block?

Wonkee Donkee Tree roots blocking drain

Nature

Tree roots may be the cause of blocked drains, as they search for the closest source of water and can crack pipes, leading to blockages.

Wonkee Donkee Leaves blocking drain needs drain rods to remove Too many leaves clumped together when wet can cause drains to become blocked.
Wonkee Donkee drain blocked with fat requiring rodding with drain rods

Domestic

Grease and fat are well known for sticking to the sides of pipes and gradually building up over time, until eventually no more liquid can pass through. At this point, the problem will become evident and action will be required.

Wonkee Donkee various object blocking a toilet resulting in a blocked drain

Foreign objects

Nappies, clothes, sanitary items and an excess of tissue paper are sometimes flushed down a toilet, which can eventually cause a blockage in the drain. Young children, in particular, often delight in flushing anything and everything down the toilet!