What's blocking the drains?

The biggest cause of failing sewer pipes is because they are blocked with things that simply shouldn’t be there.

Blocked sewers and drains are becoming more common, with our modern society putting increasingly more pressure on our sewage network, flushing and pouring away items that should be put in the bin. In fact, our Sewer Flushers clear blocked pipes in the network, every seven and a half minutes.

Unfortunately, it is often too late to prevent the havoc caused in customer properties as well as out in the environment and inevitably into the waterways. This preventable damage ultimately affects plants, birds and wildlife habitats- not just kitchens and bathrooms.

Fat, cooking oil, wet wipes and sanitary products are among the biggest cause of the 75,000 blockages we have to clear, each year, and many of these can be prevented.

Common causes of blocked drains

Everything that gets flushed down the loo or poured down the kitchen sink, eventually meets up in the sewage pipes under your home.

Most household pipes are only 10cm wide –the width of a baked bean tin- and the narrow passages don’t take long to clog up.

When fat and oil cool down, they become a gooey glue that hardens on the insides of the pipes. No amount of washing up liquid or hot water will shift them, causing a build-up to form. Imagine the potential damage caused by adding wet wipes, sanitary products and cotton pads to the recipe.

No other items break down like toilet paper does, as they are not designed to be flushed. Instead, they lurk in your pipes, building up waste until the inevitable happens; pressure behind the build-up forces the foul mixture back up where it came from – back into your home.