- One of the most obvious signs that a drain is blocked is if your toilet, shower bath or sinks are draining slowly. If a blockage is particularly bad, water my not drain away at all. If just one of these things is having issues then the blockage is likely in the fixture itself.
- If it’s an indoor blockage, it could have occurred because of heavy materials or objects being flushed down the drain. Blocked drains are often caused by sanitary towels or other hard flush materials which can block up the pipes and cause obstructions in the drain. Wet wipes, tissues, hand towels, kitty litter, straws, vegetable matter, grease, hair and even kids toys are also a common cause of blockages.
- The most common causes of sewer blockages are tree roots penetrating the pipes, “root intrusion” or “root pressure”. Tree roots enter damaged joints which causes the drain to collapse or cave in.
- Indoor drains can be cleared manually with a plunger or drain spring. Outdoor drains can also be cleared manually with drain rods, or a drain rotor machine and coil is used to cut through any debris or roots in the pipe line.
- High pressure jet machines are also often used to unblock drains.