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5 Common Causes of Blocked Drains

It’s beginning to be that time of year when the water begins to flow. Sprinkler systems spring to life, garden hoses dance with rejuvenation, and water balloons will fly! With this rise in the usage of water in your home, some of you may find that your drains begin to fill. This either means your line is backed up or your drain is clogged somewhere and it’s time to search for the culprit. The most effective way of solving your clogged drain/pipe problem is to never have it clogged in the first place. Have no fear! Action Plumbing is to fix the problem before it starts! Here’s a list of the top 5 most common reasons for blocked drains so you’ll be able to fix the problem faster and make sure it doesn’t happen again. If you’re stumped in your drain repair, be sure to give Action Plumbing a call!

1. Heavy Rains or Storms

As the rain comes down, the floods come up! Some of your outside drains may have become blocked or clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris that can impede your drains and leave the rain water to puddle up beside it. This is very common as outside drains aren’t typically designed for large volumes of water and can be flooded fairly easily.

2. Incorrect Pipe Installation

The do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs on home renovations are at an all-time high. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increase of poorly installed plumbing and drainage pipes. Pipes can easily become misaligned or even completely collapse if not installed correctly. Instead of trying to DIY those tricky plumbing projects, give Action a call!

3. Water Flow Issues

A drain’s best friend is gravity. If your pipes become misaligned due to erosion, accidents, or incorrect installation, it could result in inadequate falls and a build-up of particles and debris. It’s vital that pipes have the appropriate falls and remain intact so you don’t experience a build-up.

4. Foreign Objects

A few years back a bath tub in our home became clogged. Not a single drop of water was able to drain. The culprit? A T-Rex had become lodged in the pipe while my kid was playing with his toys in the tub. Some other common items in drain clogs include toilet paper, hair, and soap. Be mindful of how much, and what, your putting down your drains!

5. Broken Pipes

The most common causes of broken pipes are age and tree roots. Tree roots take up an enormous amount of space underground and may demand the exact space your pipe is in. One of them has to give way in the turf fight, and if your pipe has any weaknesses, it may lose the battle. An underground pipe repair can prove to be very disruptive. The earlier you can catch it the better!

2017-01-09T04:58:26+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|5 Comments


  1. Daniel Leyland May 18, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Well Shared! Your post list down some of the most common causes of blocked drain. After referring your post, one can have idea about the main reason for blocked drain and how to avoid it.

  2. Olivia Gilman August 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Great post about drain issues. I used to live in an apartment that had “water flow issues” that you mention in tip #4. The bathroom drain had a u-bend where things got caught and built up. Living with three girls, we always had standing water in our sink. So gross!

    • Cameron August 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Taylor Grey November 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    These are some really good tips on what can be causing blockage on drain pipes. Drain pipes are super important, but over time things can cause them to not work properly. Recently I have notice in my yard having some water come up from underneath. I have a tree right next to it, so I’m wondering if the roots damaged the pipe. Is there a machine that will tell me this or do I have to dig to find out?

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