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How to deal with overflowing drains?

Imagine waking up one morning to find your drains overflowing, with the foul-smelling water creeping into your home or your lawn. Indeed, overflowing drains are among the messiest plumbing problems that homeowners dread. You may generally avoid this situation through regular checks and maintenance services as blockages do not occur overnight. However, it is possible that your drainage pipes lacked adequate maintenance or did encounter a problem all of a sudden.
Either way, such situations call for professional plumbing services. A plunger wouldn’t be enough to fix an overflowing drain, at least not permanently.

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What causes overflowing drains?


A drain overflow situation typically arises as a result of a blockage in the drainage pipes. Here are a few factors that can cause overflowing drains on your property:


  • Build-up inside the drains: Soaps, grease, food scraps, wet wipes, hair, etc. collect inside the drainage pipes over time. When such build-up blocks the drain too badly and water can no longer flow, the drain would overflow.
  • Ageing: If your drainage pipes get too old, they might start to crack or break. This could cause the sewage water to overflow through the damaged parts.
  • Tree roots: If tree roots manage to infiltrate into your drainage pipes, they would quickly grow there due to the availability of water. Eventually, the roots will block your drain and make it overflow.
  • Foreign objects: Another common reason behind overflowing drains in Sydney is that individuals, particularly children, dump various objects into toilets. These items could eventually flow into the drains and block them.
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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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Hair

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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What should you do in case of a drain overflow?

An overflowing drain in your property poses a major health hazard, as it would attract bacterial growth. The foul smell further aggravates the adversaries for your neighbours. If you are messed up under similar circumstances, feel free to call PlumbFirst Sydney at 1300 174 890 to hire our professional services.

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