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What to do in the case of a blocked shower drain?

You wake up one morning and use the shower, only to turn it off earlier than usual because the water isn’t draining away. It is not only uncomfortable to stand ankle-deep in dirty water, but also unhealthy. Whether the water from your shower isn’t draining at all or draining very slowly, you would want to get it fixed before the problems aggravate. Being one of the leading plumbing companies in Sydney, we can certainly help you out in such a situation.
A variety of reasons can lead to a blocked shower drain and it might prove difficult to detect the exact cause of the issue without professional assistance. Well-equipped and experienced, our team of licenced plumbers can get your blocked shower drain fixed with ease.

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What are the reasons behind a blocked shower drain?

A shower drain can end up blocked due to a range of issues, some of which are impossible to fix without professional assistance. Some of the common causes behind a blocked shower drain are:

  • Accumulation of hair while showering.
  • A build-up of soap, grease and dirt.
  • Foreign objects like children’s toys and sanitary items blocking the pipes.
  • If the shower drain pipes are badly installed, they can easily get misaligned and lead to a blockage.
  • As the drainage pipes get old, they might break or get rusty, leading to blockage issues.

Tree Roots

Gardening can be wonderful and fun but it is important to know where your sewer and stormwater drains are laid before planting certain flora. Cracks and spaces in your pipes are especially vulnerable to strong, deep roots and can cause significant damage to your pipe’s health and your wallet! Out of all the blocked drain issues throughout our 20+ years of plumbing experience, tree roots is the number one most common problem.

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Flushing Oils

The most common cause of kitchen sink blockages is oil and waste scraps clogging the drains. Simply DO NOT pour oils down the kitchen sink, but instead pour it into containers to prevent the fats blocking your drain.

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Hygiene Objects

Regardless of wipes and female hygiene products being a kind of tissue, you SHOULD NOT flush them down the drain. We advise our customers to dispose of these into a rubbish bin and to remember that all wipes can cause blockages and issues with your drain.

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Another common blockage problem is quantities of hair blocking drains. This can easily be prevented by using a hair catcher over your drain or simply remove the hairs from the drain after your shower

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Leaves & Debris

Leaves and debris often block stormwater drains. Make sure they’re kept clear. What we recommend to our customers is to place a Protective Gutter Guard or a simple mesh covering over the drain to keep them clean and clear.

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How do you unblock a blocked shower drain?

In case if the drain cover is easy to remove and the blockage is right near the opening, you may be able to clean it yourself. However, if you are unable to remove the cover or the blockage is too deep inside, you may hire PlumbFirst Sydney. To get a blocked shower drain in Sydney cleared, simply give us a call at 1300 174 890

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