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.