How do I know whose responsibility it is to unblock my drains?
There are many reasons behind a blocked drain. Before you begin unblocking the drain, you will need to know where the blockage is in the system. This is important because it may be that it is not your responsibility to get the blockage removed, but the responsibility of your local water board’s. If you have any questions about this, a blocked drain Leeds professional will be happy to advise you.
If you are experiencing problems with your drains, the first step you will need to take to locate the blockage is to speak with your neighbours. If they are experiencing similar problems, then the likelihood is that the blockage is somewhere in the public sewer system, as this is something that will affect the drains of all the properties connected to that particular system. In this case, the water board is responsible for sorting out the blockage, given that it is on public property.
However, if your neighbours are not experiencing issues with their drainage systems then it is likely that the blocked drain is somewhere on your property. In this case, you will need to arrange for the blocked drain to be cleared yourself. There are ways you can do this manually, but we highly recommend calling a professional drain technician to deal with the drain as they are thoroughly trained and have years of experience in the industry. They will come equipped with the correct tools and equipment, as well as knowledge and understanding, prepared to do the job to the highest of standards. If you attempt to unblock a drain yourself without fully understanding the nature and cause of the blockage, there is a high chance that you will cause more damage to the drains.
It is important to know the causes of blockages in order to prevent them from occurring. That way, you can save yourself the time and money that would be spent rectifying a blocked drain. The number one cause of a blocked drain is incorrect disposal of waste. Particularly in kitchens, food waste is often washed away down the sink when it should be thrown in the bin.
Greasy, oily, or fatty substances are the most common foods that are washed down the drains. However, they stick to the walls of drains very easily, and this can create build ups that will eventually cause a blockage. If you continue to dispose of this waste down the sinks then the size of the blockage will grow and as it gets bigger it causes a larger scale of damage that is far more expensive to fix. Avoid disposing of waste down the sink to prevent a build up from beginning.
Toilets are also one of the top places where foreign objects are responsible for blockages. Nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are made of materials that do not break down fast enough to be washed away with the wastewater, and will cause a blockage in your toilet very easily. Because they are large items, it does not take long for a blockage to occur when these items are flushed down the toilet, and so to ensure that you are not faced with a blocked toilet, it is important to throw away all of these items into the bin, where they can be correctly disposed of.
Many blockages are inevitable, but no matter what the cause is a blocked drain will never resolve itself.
It is important to act as soon as you notice the warning signs of a blocked drain, before the problem can increase in severity. Flooding is a very serious result of a drain that has been left blocked for too long, and is something that must be avoided at all costs. Flooding can cause a great deal of damage to your property, as well as posing a health risk. The waste in the water carries plenty of bacteria and disease that is waiting to contaminate the surfaces in your home, and if you come into contact with this bacteria then you can become very ill. To be safe, make sure to take all the precautionary steps to ensure that you prevent a blockage.