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What are the signs of blocked drains?

Keeping your drains clean and healthy is not always easy. Yes, you can try to do everything right, but even the most diligent of homeowners can find themselves needing emergency drain unblocking at some point.
What are the signs of blocked drains?
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Not to worry though, at Environ Drainage Services our expert drainage engineers are highly experienced in every form of drain unblocking solutions and use the best equipment to quickly rid your property of any blockages. Here’s a quick guide to understanding what signs to look for, what can cause drain blockages, and how we can get your drains running smoothly again with our exceptional drain unblocking services!

Signs that you have a blocked drain

Drain blockages are not something to be taken lightly and should never be ignored, as this can lead to potentially costly and time consuming drainage problems in the future. There are a few key signs that can give you an indication that you may have a blocked or damaged drain:

  • Gurgling noises when water is trying to go down the drain
  • Bad smells coming from your drains
  • Slow drainage in appliances like your sink, toilet or bath
  • Rising water in your toilet
  • Signs of damp
  • Subsidence, cracks and structural damage
  • Standing water in your drains

If only one fixture in your property is experiencing drainage issues, then it is possible that it is caused by a pipe that is connected to that specific appliance. If multiple fixtures are blocked, then this could mean that the problem comes from a blockage in your sewer drain and should be looked at as soon as possible.

All of these symptoms are a clear indication that it’s time to call our professional drainage engineers at Environ Drainage Services to get to the root of the problem and clean or fix anything that may be causing these drain blockages quickly and efficiently!

For an in-depth look at what each of these signs entail and what causes them, click here for our “7 signs your drains are blocked or damaged, and why!” post.

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    What causes drain blockages?

    If you start to notice that water is draining away from your sink, toilet, or bath, much slower than usual this could definitely be an indication of blocked drains. Dirt, debris, and grease build-up can clog your drains to the point that your water takes far longer than normal to go down, or may not go down the drain at all. This can also cause the gurgling sound we mentioned above, so if the two are happening together, you should seek professional help to unblock your drains.

    Blocked drains can be caused by a multitude of things, from seemingly harmless everyday items that get jammed in the drains, to more damaging issues that can cause problems to the foundation of your home. The main culprits are:

    • Food waste, particularly fat and grease
    • Hair buildup
    • Nappies, “flushable” wipes and sanitary products
    • Soil ingress from a cracked pipe, which can be caused by age or subsidence
    • Loose pointing from a decayed inspection chamber, which is more common in Victorian buildings
    • Hard water leading to limescale buildup

    Any and all of these can cause the drain blockages that you are experiencing, and must be taken care of quickly to avoid any further problems. While these are usually the main underlying factors of a blocked drain, it is important to have our professional and knowledgeable drainage specialists come out to make sure that there are no signs of a more serious and costly problem.

    How Environ Drainage Services can fix your blocked drains!

    We have earned a terrific reputation for our local drain unblocking services in London. Our expert drainage specialists can assist you in solving any kind of drainage problem, from unblocking stubborn drains, to performing CCTV drain surveys to find the underlying root of the problem.
    Once you call our friendly and helpful office staff to set up a time for our drainage engineers to locate and assess the source of your blocked drains, we can then get to work fixing the issue!
    First we will clear and unblock your drains with our powerful high-pressure water jetters. This will allow us to clear any blockages from your pipes while removing any buildup that is causing bad smells.
    Once our drainage engineers successfully unblock your drains, we can take a more in-depth look at your drainage system with our top-of-the-line CCTV drain survey. Our drain camera will inspect your drainage system and look for any underlying damages that could cause recurring blockages. If we find any, we can then fix the source of the problem to make sure it won’t happen again!

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