Common Causes of Blocked Drains

With years of experience and the best technology, Total Drainage Services are experts in finding solutions to blocked drains in Bristol and the surrounding areas. We have trained specialists on call who are skilled at carrying out excavation repairs to damaged or blocked drains both inside and outside your home or business premises, creating solutions to any drainage issue. We have nationally accredited technicians that are able to operate excavation machines, CCTV drain survey equipment, and other mobile specialist equipment. Our drainage technicians are available to carry out any minor and major repairs and installations, including septic tanks and sewage treatment plants. Total Drainage Services are here for you whenever you need us, day or night, so look no further than us when you’re in need of a drainage contractor.

Some drain blockages will require more extensive excavation and repairs because of the uniqueness of modern drainage systems, which are especially common in new builds and newly renovated homes. These drainage services will usually be determined and worked on when necessary, although if you feel like a problem may be arising, we are here to preempt any issues which could lead to blockages and repairs with our drain maintenance service. We also offer a range of specialist services across Bristol, including high access works and jet washing.

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

From foreign objects that have been dropped down the drain by accident to heavy build up of hair and grease, there are many reasons why your household can be experiencing blocked drains. Understanding exactly how each issue is caused can be an opportunity to be better at stopping it in the future. 

What Not To Put Down Your Drain

    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Solvents 
    • Acids
    • Coffee Grounds
    • Kitchen Rolls
    • Feminine Hygiene Products

    Flushing these products and others down the drains can damage plants, aquatics and wildlife. Get in touch with your local authority for the correct disposal procedure/facility. 

Preventing Grease Build Up In Pipeworks

While the use of some fats, oils and grease is vital for cooking, they are not good at all for the drains and pipes in your plumbing systems. Here at Total Drainage Services, our plumbing experts will help you to avoid these costly plumbing repairs by letting you know some of the ways you can avoid greasy drains: 


  • Avoid putting grease down the drains 
  • Invest in grease traps 
  • Recycle your cooking oils and grease 
  • Use disposable absorption materials 
  • Get your drains cleaned


Tree Roots

Tree roots are one of the main causes of blockages and clogs in water and sewer mains. Some experts say the first sign of tree root invasion into the sewer of the water line is a gurgling sound. 

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