Blocked bathroom drains are a common plumbing issue in homes across Australia. Your bathroom’s plumbing system is an intricate network of pipes, connected to toilets, showers, bathtubs, sinks and more! All of these points are connected to an external system.
Why is my bathroom drain blocked?
Blocked bathroom drains can be attributed to a range of factors. Depending on location, size, amount of plumbing connections and age, bathroom drains can become blocked. Most commonly blockages are the result of an obstruction somewhere in the drainage system.
All the drains in your bathroom are access points to the plumbing system which connects them all together. The first thing to think about when it comes to any blocked bathroom drain is whether the blocked drain is isolated to just one part of the bathroom, or if multiple areas are affected.
Toilets can become blocked thanks to any number of obstructions, even something as simple as too much toilet paper in a single flush can block a toilet. Other common objects that cause blocked toilets include:
- Sanitary Napkins
- Make-up wipes
- Small towels or clothing
- Wet wipes
- Mobile phones
- Cotton balls
- Kitty litter
- Dislodged toilet cleaners/brushes
Bathtub or shower
The number one culprit for blocked bathtubs or showers is hair. Although very fine, hair is long and often becomes tangled. It can tangle onto more hair, causing it to become wedged in the drain. Soap and dirt often stick to the hair causing further blockages. At first it may go unnoticed, but eventually you will end up standing in a puddle of dirty water as the drain becomes completely blocked. You can take the help of your local plumber for bathtub drain cleaning.
A hand basin drain, similar to shower or bathtub is most likely to become blocked thanks to a slow build up of hair and toothpaste. The toothpaste acts like a glue and sticks the hair together eventually closing up the whole pipe and completely blocking it requiring attention immediately.
Blockages in More than one area
Since there are so many components associated with a bathroom’s drain system, blockages can occur at different points for various different reasons. When a single fixture is blocked, often it’s a local blockage- a blockage that is directly beneath or within that fixture.
However when multiple drains are blocked, there is a high chance that the blockage is downstream within the pipe work that connects all the drains. At that time you should call a plumber for blocked drain clearing.
How We Can Help to Unblock Bathroom Sink?
In many cases where a only a single unit is affected, our licensed blocked drain plumber will use one of three methods; plunger, plumbers eel, or a high pressure water jet. When multiple bathroom drains are blocked, the only way to accurately diagnose the blocked bathroom drain is by having a CCTV drain camera inspection carried out by a Service Today licensed plumber. Pipe defects that cause blockages may need to be resolved by a plumber through other methods such as pipe replacement or no dig pipe relining depending on your specific circumstances.
How to Contact Service Today for Blocked Bathroom Drain Clearing
The best (and only 100% effective!) way to deal with a blocked drain is to call a licensed plumber, at Service Today we offer upfront, fixed pricing and same day service, so if you ever get STUCK, book online or call 1300 725 760.