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How To Spot A Drain Blockage

When we turn on the tap, do we know where our water goes? Every time we use the toilet, go for a shower or wash up after dinner, do we understand what happens to the wastewater? It’s understandable that we forget or don’t think about it at all – once the water is gone, it’s gone. Right?

No – it needs to travel through the pipework and into the local sewage system. As we regularly undertake drain unblocking in Reading here at Drain Gain, we cannot stress enough the importance of people thinking about the items that may be disposed of down our drains – purposefully or by accident. Non-naturally perishing items will build up inside the pipework and cause a blockage that will see water unable to travel to its destination. Where is the wastewater supposed to go then? It isn’t too difficult to imagine…

 

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Having been carrying out drain unblocking in Reading and throughout the South East for many years now, we have gained a unique insight into the plumbing issues that affect everyday life. Read on to learn more about the causes of a blocked drain.

 

What Causes Drain Blockages?

Blocked drains are all too common in the home – with regular care and attention they can be treated before any major issues do occur. Some of the main causes of blocked drains include:

 

  • Grease and fat being disposed of down the kitchen sink is perhaps the most common cause of a blockage, as these substances stick inside the water pipes and eventually build up over time to clog-up the drains, leading to wastewater not being able to be disposed of. Being amongst the most-common, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. When you’re disposing of grease or fat from a cooking instrument, use a container (such as an old coffee jar) and pour the substance into it. The liquid will solidify and when that occurs, you can choose to reuse it again (great to save money on cooking fats!) or find out information from your local council on how you should dispose of it (as many have different criteria in regards to its disposal).

 

  • Toiletry items, other than specific toilet paper, should NEVER be flushed down the pan to dispose of it. Toilet paper is specifically made from a thin, easy-breakable material so it can travel through the waste pipes and eventually disparate – even kitchen towels shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet. Blocked toilets are all-too common as people make the mistake of flushing items such as nappies, baby wipes and sanitary towels down the toilet. Being thick and not made from the same materials as toilet paper, they will simply stick to the pipes or inside a drain, causing a blockage. These items should be disposed of by wrapping the used materials in a sanitary bag and placed in the general waste bin.

 

  • On a similar bathroom theme, Hair is another common cause of drain blockages – although hairs may seem soft and delicate, they can easily tangle together inside of a water pipe and prevent most (and eventually, all) water not being able to pass through the pipe. There are a number of products that can filter out hairs from going down the sink, bathtub and shower – but always make sure to check for hairs in or around the plughole on a regular basis.

 

  • Foreign objects can be defined as anything non liquid-based that find themselves in the sink or drain. Items such as bits of soap and food can build up over time and cause a blockage, so always pay close attention to what you put in the sink. Ensure that all food is thrown away before the plates are placed in the sink. Always check close to a drain on a constant basis for any signs of a foreign object – discarded bits of soap (and hair) can be washed down the drain as soon as you turn the shower on, for example.

 

  • It isn’t just indoor drains that need to be checked on a regular basis, of course, but the drains outside are easily susceptible to leaves, trees and even litter blowing inside them and causing blockages and an overflow of wastewater. Always check your outside drains for any signs of blockages and be sure to stay atop of your garden maintenance to prevent leaves, trees and litter from infiltrating your drains. You could also place a drain filter over older, larger types of drains that will let water flow into it but nothing else.

 

What Happens If Blockages Aren’t Treated?

If water cannot flow through your drainage system, it will simply overflow causing damage to your property, including electrical damage (especially water that regurgitates back from the pipes and into a washing machine).

A blocked drain can be detected by any, or a combination of, the following signs:

 

  • Sight – The most obvious sign of a blockage, is of course, when the water either goes down the plughole slowly or not at all, regurgitating itself. Look for signs of water coming back through all appliances that use water – including your washing machine.

 

  • Sounds – Any unusual sounds that emanate from water-draining appliances may be a sign of a poor-functioning drain. The classic identifier is a toilet that makes a ‘gurgling sound’ when flushed.

 

  • Smell – Often dismissed because of their role in getting rid of wastewater, a foul-smelling drain is probably a sign that there’s a blockage somewhere in the drainage system. Aside from being unpleasant (with the smell likely to go back into the property if not treated) the added menace provided by a blocked drain, is that the wastewater could regurgitate, flowing back from whence it came, affecting the property and the land surrounding it.

 

Even with great care and attention, malfunctioning drains do occur. So if any of these issues transpire, you should get in touch with a waste management professional right away to treat the problem before it escalates.

 

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If you would like more information on our drain unblocking in Reading service, or for any further information on drain clearance in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. Give us a call on 01491 598400

The Influence of ‘Fatbergs’ On Our Drains

The recent emergence of a ‘fatberg’ – a solid lump of congealed fat and other paraphernalia – in an East London sewer, made worldwide news. Its emergence highlighted our responsibilities to our drainage systems and why we should be careful when disposing of certain items.

Blocking the flow of water from the home, it doesn’t take a drainage expert to work out what happens when its progress is halted – the wastewater will revert back from whence it came. This is why if you suspect blocked drains in Shinfield, that they should be dealt with immediately – otherwise the issue will just get worse and wastewater, will eventually flow back and cause an untold amount of issues for the property.

 

Drain Gain – An Expert Service of Blocked Drains In Shinfield

 With our work concerning blocked drains in Shinfield, all over Berkshire and throughout the South East of England, we have seen firsthand the effects that common household waste has on our drains. Having spent many a year clearing all manner of drains in the local area, we have gained a great insight into dealing with blocked drains and then ensuring that they don’t reoccur – so please read on to learn how you can treat your blocked drains.

 

How Are Fatbergs Formed?

The recent news of the giant fatberg has at least provided local authorities and waste experts alike with an opportunity to stress the importance of thinking about what we let go down our drains. By its sheer name alone, you can tell what the main component of a fatberg is – a countless number of people dispose of household fat, oil and grease down their drains, which sticks and congeals in our pipes.

The find in London measures 50m long and weighs 130 tonnes, with Thames Water declaring it as a ‘monster’, which 8 workers have had to remove in stages, over a period of 3 weeks. This isn’t the first time a fatberg has caused issues in the local area – in 2013 a bus-sized lump of fat had to be removed from a drain in Kingston. By the recent story going viral, Thames Water are hoping that people start to realise the effects of what they place down their sinks.

It isn’t just what we put down our sinks that leads to such blockages, of course – other components of a fatberg include non-corrosive items such as wet wipes, nappies – even kitchen towels – that we dispose of down our toilets.

 

How Can I Avoid A Sewage Blockage In The Future?

Other than water, nothing else should be poured down a drain. It’s as simple as that, really. In reality, people have busy lives and it’s understandable that sometimes, it’s just much easier to dispose of something in the easiest and quickest way possible. But these small instances will add up to big ones before long – which is why we need to take more care of what we drain or flush away.

Any fats, oils and grease must be placed in a container and thrown away in general waste, as do any leftover meals prior to the plates being cleaned. In terms of the toilet, you should NEVER dispose of anything other than thin, corroding toilet paper. This type of material has been specifically designed to decompose over time and therefore, won’t be causing a blockage over the long term.

By taking these small steps, you can ensure that from your end at least, you won’t be suffering from any blocked drains in Shinfield.

 

I’m Already Suffering From A Blocked Drain – How Can Drain Gain Help?

If you’re currently (or suspect you are) suffering from a blocked drain, then you shouldn’t let the problem fester – as the extreme example with the recent fatberg shows, these issues can grow. Here at Drain Gain, we are a leading drain unblocking service located in Oxfordshire. Thanks to our location, we are ideally located to carry out work around the South East – so if you’re suffering from blocked drains in Shinfield, Bracknell or Swindon, our team are able to mobilise asap to treat whatever your issue may be.

No matter the type of blockage – whether it’s one that’s located in an indoor drain or one located outside, our service will be able to remove it quickly and safely. As part of our dedication to our client-focused ethos, we operate a 24-hour call out service that is able to assist you with your issue, no matter the time of day.

Treating blocked drains in Shinfield is just one part of our drain management services, the others include:

 

  • Septic tank emptying
  • Pump station emptying and servicing
  • Testing of soakaways
  • Emptying of gullies
  • Servicing of fat and grease traps
  • Drain surveyance

 

With all our services, we do not charge a fee when we’re called out. In fact, our fast-responders will not charge you until the issue has been treated – there are no hidden charges or extras, we will only carry out our work once you are happy with the agreed price. So no matter the issue caused by any aspect of your drainage system, choose Drain Gain to effectively and swiftly deal with the problem.

 

Contact Us Today To Learn More About Drain Clearance In Shinfield

If you would like more information on how we can help you to treat your blocked drains in Shinfield, Berkshire or throughout the South East, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call our friendly drain experts today on 01491 598400..

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Welcome to Drain Gain In East Ilsley. Blocked drains East Ilsley unblocked fast. Local company with over 25 years in drain unblocking. Dedicated small team. Here at Drain Gain we have been unblocking drains in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire for many years. We love unblocking drains in Reading and we are sure you will love the service we provide. Proud members of Checkatrade and the national association of drainage contractors, not to forget our engineers are registered with the WJA. You can rest assured we know what we are doing. So from blocked drains and drain clearance along with blocked sinks,toilets,baths and showers. We have it covered. Why not give us a call for a friendly reliable service.

We can unblock main drains including toilets and gullies. You name it and we can clear it. We will get straight to the problem of all blocked drains and clear your reading drains fast.

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Our local drain services cover throughout the south East. We are located centrally and can provide a great fast reliable and local service. We provide drain services for both commercial and domestic drains. Our fully equipped high pressure jetting vehicles are capable of clearing blockages in domestic drains and mainline drains. We are also equipped to deal with internal blockages  such as blocked toilets,sinks,baths and urinals. We are quite often called to Blocked drains in Pubs,Restaurants and Cafe bars. We find that these types of blockages are caused by fat and grease form the kitchens.  Most restaurants will have a grease trap fitted, problem is not many have the grease trap serviced and clean. This lets the grease escape and clog up the drains. Grease in your drains will require them to have to be cleaned and this can be a costly game. Our advice is to have your grease traps emptied and serviced on a regular basis.

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Our Local tankering services provides a quick response for most calls relating to drains. Our tankers are combined so not only can we remove blocked up full drains, we can jet them at the same time. Calls to construction building sites are the most common, these drains are normally full of rubble and general building material. Our drain engineers can relieve the flooding blocked drain and also jet the blockage clear..Another great service provided by a local drain company.

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Why do my Drains Keep Blocking

Why does your drains keep blocking. Clogged up and blocked drains can keep blocking for a number of reasons. Drains on poor condition and may be a broken drain, drains with open joints allowing roots in your drains and causing them to block. May be you have placed the incorrect items down your drains. Wet wipes and sanitary products flushed down the toilet with cause your toilet to block. Kids toys are a common problem with them placing the toy in the toilet and flushing will cause the toy to block the outlet on the back of the toilet.

Sinks , baths and showers can block with hair and grease, not to forget general food waste, this will normally end up blocking the u bend or trap. If the blockage travels beyond this then it will be difficult to remove without specialist drain tools.

Blocked Soak Aways and Down pipes.

Roof drainage will lead to a soak away in most cases. Over time the the grit and algae from your roof will work its way in to the guttering and down to the soak away. You soak away will become blocked and fail to drain away. High pressure jetting of the drain leading to the soak away will clear the blockage in most cases.

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Here at Drain Gain we have over 25 years in the waste water industry. We have seen it all over the years and our customers are our life line. We do not have any hidden or extra charges on what we quote. We are a local drain clearing company, owned by a family and understand the needs of our customers. Fully insured and fully capable of getting the job done. Supporting local companies who are local helps put back in to the community. BEWARE of companies that say they are local. Check out the registered address of the company on the website. Ask them when you call up where are they based, you will be surprised how many will not be local.

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