Top 5 Most Common Causes for Blocked Drains

Drains and drainage systems are a vital component of every household – and a major part of our daily lives. After all, we use the plumbing system in our homes all the time, whether to run the tap to wash our hands or to cook our meals, and only truly think about it when something goes wrong.

A blocked drain can bring a world of trouble with it, including foul smells and leaking pipes, so it’s important to take care of it as soon as you notice it. Drains don’t become clogged overnight, as it usually takes a while for the problem to develop.

So, how exactly can your drains become blocked and what should you avoid in the future?

Foreign Objects

Drainage systems are a network of pipes and drains designed for smooth water flow. When something new is introduced to this system, it may result in unpleasant surprises. For instance, some of the most common objects blocking drains are children’s toys, too much toilet paper, sanitary items and even nappies.

Trees and Leaves

It’s important to sweep away all debris surrounding your home, especially when trees are shedding their leaves, so as to prevent them from gathering in your pipes and blocking your drains. In addition, while most of us don’t consider the tree itself when thinking about clogged drains, the truth is that roots can grow inside your plumbing system and cause damages, including blockages.

Grease and Fat

A lot of people don’t think twice about pouring oil and grease down the drain after cooking. However, any substance that contains fat will stick to the interior of the pipes and build-up over time until that pipe will become completely blocked. The water flow will be obstructed and cause a blockage.

This might be the easiest cause to prevent, as it means you only need to keep an eye on what goes down the drain!


This is another common cause of blocked drains and presents a problem to many homeowners. While a single strand of hair is harmless, the same can’t be said about an accumulation of hair over time. It is important that you clean your bathroom drains regularly; otherwise, water will start flowing more slowly until a complete blockage occurs.

Structural Mistakes

Last, but definitely not least, is the fact that sometimes the drainage system is poorly made and installed. Low-quality materials, incorrect installations, etc., can lead to serious issues with your drains. A professional company can help you assess the state of your drains and help you correct the problem.

When it comes to issues with drains and pipes, the best solution is to hire a professional who knows what they’re doing! Our plumbing services extend to unblocking your drains, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0191 5517101 and we’ll take care of the problem for you.