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How to Prevent Blockage of Drainage System

///How to Prevent Blockage of Drainage System

Blockage of drainage systems can be really inconvenient and frustrating. Food waste or sewage come up through the pipes, and it is totally unhygienic with standing water. Everything about a blocked drainage system is just distressing.

Prevent These Things From Blocking Your Drainage System

There are many reasons for causing blocked drains. Perhaps the most common cause is misuse, such as putting things down the toilet or sink that nobody shouldn’t. So, here are a few things that most certainly shouldn’t go in your waste pipes, but in the trash bin. Some of these things are evident, but the things you can find when unblocking drains can shock or amaze you.

Dirty Nappies

One of the biggest causes of blocked drainage systems is people who are attempting to flush nappies down the toilet. You may think that doing this is practical considering the material which plenty of modern nappies are made of. However, these materials are not designed to be flushed down the toilet. Nappies or diapers do not degrade in water and eventually end up getting stuck in the pipes, causing blockage.


A lot of hair end up in pipes from showers and sinks. The longer a person’s hair is, then there’s a bigger chance it falls out during washing. It doesn’t take much time for women, or even men with long hair to start blocking up pipes. One way to prevent this from happening is to get a trap or guard that can catch falling hair before it gets washed down the pipes.


These are another common cause of drain blockages. Wipes may seem rather harmless on their own. But together, they cause serious blockages. If you’re using wipes, please be responsible in throwing them in the bin and not down the toilet.

Fats and Oils

There are many cases blocked drains where a build-up of oils and fats ended up in a u-bend somewhere. They are physically denser than water. So, even if you’ve already flushed them down the sink, it hits a bend in the pipe where it may gather and get stuck. Eventually, it solidifies and clogs, resulting in a costly blocked drainage. The best thing to avoid this is by putting fats or oils into a sealable container and throwing them into the bin.


Here’s another sickening cause for blocked drainage systems. Likewise, these may seem harmless to flush down the toilet. However, they do not degrade or degenerate in water. Any minor blockage can be staggered by a condom and turn it into a serious drainage issue than needs fixing. The best place to dispose condoms is in the bin to avoid this issue.

Feminine Products

Women use a myriad of feminine products from cotton buds, sanitary napkins, and feminine wipes. All of these items do not belong in the drains. They belong in the trash bin. It doesn’t take much work to keep a bin by the toilet or sink. Therefore, throwing anything that may cause blockage must be thrown there, rather than down the sink/toilet.

Coffee Grounds

Who doesn’t love a cup of real coffee? Brewing or filtering coffee at home is becoming more popular than ever. However, with this trend, there’s also a massive rise in drains that are getting blocked by filters and coffee grounds. All tea bags, coffee grounds and filters must be disposed properly in the bin and not down the drain or water pipes.

Egg Shells

Why would anyone throw egg shells down the kitchen sink? Well, some people irresponsibly do. Egg shells can collect and make matters worse when there’s already been a minor build up somewhere in your pipes. There are plenty of things you can do with egg shells, but it never belongs in down the sink.


It’s surprising to know that a lot of plumbers are being called out for a blocked drain, only to discover that half a tin of paint was tipped down the toilet or sink and tried to drain it way. Paint contains a few harmful chemicals, and was never designed to be flushed down water pipes. All pain must be sealed in a tin and disposed properly together with household rubbish.

Food Waste

This is perhaps the biggest cause for blocking your drainage systems. It’s normal to have something left on someone’s plate after eating. You may think it’s easy to get rid of it by flushing them down the sink. However, leftover food lingers and builds up in your pipework and may cause smelly and severe blockages. To avoid this, you may get a waste disposal unit for your sink which can blend leftover food into tiny pieces before washing them away. Another obvious and practical solution would be to throw any leftover food waste into the bin.

Bottom Line

Our lives have been more convenient from products that we’re using and it’s easy to think of disposing of some of these items quickly. But, everyone should consider being responsible about drainage systems. Otherwise, they will end up with a blockage that may be really expensive to fix.

Keep in mind the items that may block your drains and how to prevent them. If you agree with the list, you may already be thinking that there’s a chance your drain is blocking if you’ve attempted to rid of these items down the drain. Never be tempted to let a few things slip down, hoping it won’t cause you a problem. It’s only a matter of time before you get drainage issues. You can also take contract maintenance services for both internal and external cleaning from a reputed services provider. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

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Hugo March
Hugo March
19:29 24 Jan 19
Like many others I just cannot recommend Matt and M.R.Drains more highly. Recently we had a very elusive problem with water ingress in the basement flat of our building on the New Kings Road, Fulham. Over a period of a month several so called drainage experts came to take a look. In short none of them had a clue despite charging vast amounts of money for camera surveys etc and giving eye watering estimates. It was our good fortune to stumble across Matt. First of all he arrived when he said he would and secondly had identified the problem in under half an hour. The cost of the video survey was peanuts in comparison to others and his equipment state of the art. By that evening he had emailed us the video, a report and a quote to send to our insurers. It was more than reasonable. Matt came several days later, again exactly when he said he would, and within a couple of days had repaired and lined the damaged pipes etc I felt completely comfortable leaving him with the keys of our property. We now have no water ingress and fully operational drains with a ten year warranty. Matt was very user friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I will definitely be recommending him to more
Niki Wigram
Niki Wigram
10:03 22 Dec 18
Mr Drains’ team were all so attentive and professional. We had an urgent job and they were willing and able to fit us in last mintute at a very busy time of year. We highly recommend more
David Edward
David Edward
23:14 23 Nov 18
Unbeatable on price, speed and efficiency. A total breeze organising and completing the job with Matt. Very reasonably priced and we were even charged £5 less than quoted, which rarely happens. more
natalie weber
natalie weber
15:59 23 Nov 18
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. We contacted MR Drains Ltd and spoke with a their reception team who advised the person we needed to speak to was on the other line, but he'd call back within 5 minutes, which he did. We got a call back within minutes from Matt, who arranged to visit the property on the same day within 3 hours of receiving our call. He worked with our plumbers on site to investigate the drainage and track it with a camera. He went above and beyond in staying around to help the plumbers locate and lift other manholes. An absolutely lovely guy, who clearly knows his stuff. Fast, polite, super efficient. If only all companies were like this! Thanks again Matt. From a very happy customer!read more
Tracey Pierce
Tracey Pierce
14:03 07 Oct 18
Excellent service received from Matt and Harry. I had an urgent, serious drain and rodent issue at a residential property. I received an immediate response to my initial enquiry, and the work started within the week. They identified the issues, and were solution orientated, rectifying all of the problems. They were reliable, on time and tidy. They were not the cheapest quote, but the work and materials were of high quality, and you generally get what you pay for. A 10 year guarantee was also provided. I would definitely recommend more
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