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A blocked drain pipe can be a right nightmare to deal with. Not only can they cause mayhem in your home with blockages but they can also cause flooding which can be extremely damaging. Here we tell you the different signs of a blocked drain pipe and how you can deal with them.

How can I tell if I have a blocked drain pipe?

It can take a long period of time for a blockage to build up in your draining system and are not always apparent, however in some cases once the problem starts it can be obvious very quickly. There are a few symptoms you need to look out for if you suspect you have a blocked drain.

Toilets are one of the most direct paths to your main drainage systems. They use the largest drains within your drainage systems; if you experience gurgling or overflowing of water this will be a sign there is either a blockage in the water system of further down the pipeline.

A sign many people don’t think to look out for is when their washing machine is in use. Often when a washing machine is on, and there is a blockage in the pipework, it can cause water to overflow or back up into taps or bathtubs.

One of the most obvious signs your drain may be blocked is exposed ends such as toilets, showers, baths and sinks. If they are draining slowly, this can be an indication that there is a potential blockage somewhere down the line. The toilet is often one of the main reasons for blockages; if it is blocked, it can cause water to come back up.

Unfortunately, with drain blockages, you can experience some rather unpleasant smells. Sometimes when there is a blockage in drains, it can rot which develops into a bad smell, if you start to notice any bad smells you most definitely should not ignore it.

The last symptom you may experience is your pipes and fixtures sounding different. Gurgling noises in pipework can often be an early indicator you have a blockage.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned do not panic, just ensure you get in touch with plumbers Milton Keynes. Getting in touch with a plumber as soon as you can will help prevent any further damage to your home or drainage system.

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What do I do if I get a blocked drain pipe?

Many people often try and fix plumbing problems themselves at home, while you may be able to fix the problem short term you should always contact a professional. It’s even more important to get in touch with plumbers Aylesbury if you find you’re having regular plumbing blockages even when unblocking regularly.

Waste disposal

If you have a waste disposal, you need to be aware of the foods you can and can’t put down them. While they are there to help get rid of food waste, certain foods can block the pipework more than others. Foods such as onion skin, animal bones and pasta can be harder for your waste disposal to get rid of. One of the top blockages for waste disposals is often pasta due to its expanding properties.

Avoid oils, fats and grease

One of the quickest ways for you to cause a drain blockage in the kitchen is to pour oils, fats or grease down the pipework. All of these substances can make their way down pipework slowly but will often solidify as they start to cool. A build-up of the substances can cause a significant drain block which can be hard to remove.

We always recommend getting rid of any of these elements in a food waste bin which you can pick up from Big Dug. Even if these materials effectively go down your home drain, they can cause blockages in local drainage systems, so you want to eliminate this risk as much as possible.

Only flush toilet roll

You would be surprised what people try to flush down their toilets, not only are they going to cause a significant blockage but they could also break their toilet. We recommend giving the Family Handyman article a read on Things You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet, you may find some of these household items just aren’t flushable.

Many items people try to flush other than tissue and human waste are extremely hard for the water to break down, this means they end up clogging the toilet. One of the most common items flushed by many is baby wipes, of which most state on the packaging they are not flushable. Baby wipes can often take years to break down, not only can this damage your home but further down the line in sewage systems, flushers are constantly removing masses of baby wipes to prevent damages.


Flush your drains

Many people do not realise the power of flushing your drains every couple of months. All you need to do to flush your drains is fill a large bucket of water and pour down your drainage system. This will allow your toilet to get rid of anything that may potentially cause a block. You can also do this for your sinks and drainage systems.

Sink stoppers

A sink stopper can be used in most sink drainage systems which fit over the plug hole. Sink stoppers are great from preventing anything from entering your drainage system while washing your body and hair often hair can build up and clog drains. The same can also be said for the kitchen, when washing dishes you may find small bits of food manage to seep through the plug hole which can also cause a block.


Do not let a block build-up, if you are experiencing any bad smells, noises or water coming up from any of the exposed ends of your drainage system, we recommend getting in touch with your local plumber. A plumber will be able to rectify the situation without damaging any of your home or drainage systems.

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