A blocked drain is simply the primary channel or tube for waste materials to be diverted, either into a more practical channel, funneled to a second receptacle, or otherwise run to stormwater or sewers for processing or release. When this waste material becomes bogged down in a drain, it becomes more difficult to maneuver than in other less boggy channels. If this waste reaches a blocked drain quickly enough, it can cause a dangerous backflow situation, where dangerous chemicals or other dangerous liquids could start flowing into a sewer system or drain field. This kind of situation poses immediate danger not only to the people who are trying to use that blocked drain, but also to anyone who may come in contact with the waste. In addition, if the blocked drain is left unattended for a long enough period of time, it could seriously damage the pipe that leads to the drain, or even become so damaged that it bursts. However, even when the blocked drain becomes so dangerous, it is usually easy enough to remedy.
Blocked drain – The primary channel or tube for waste materials to be diverted
There are many causes of a blocked drain. Common causes include tree roots (especially pine trees); grass, leaves, dirt, debris, and other debris (particularly tree trunks and branches, if they get really big); ice debris; heavy snow; and industrial or commercial debris such as oil and grease. It is best to try to remedy the problem quickly so that it does no worsen. If you have a problem with a blocked drain, the first step is to clean up all the debris that’s blocking the pipe. Then, depending on the severity of the blockage, one of two things can happen. If the blockage is fairly minimal, simply using soap and water to clean the area might be enough to solve the problem; if the obstruction is severe, it is recommended that you use a professional plumber to remove and clean the pipe.
If you don’t have any of these items, it’s recommended that you have a professional plumber look at your blocked drain in order to see what the exact problem is. While most blockages are minor and easily fixed, some are more serious, requiring one specialized solution or another. If the blockages are caused by ice buildup, for example, boiling water might be needed to break up the ice and clear the way for water to flow through your pipes. If the blockages are caused by heavy snow, then heating up your bathtub or shower may be necessary in order to melt the snow and clean your pipes again.