Common Causes of Blocked Drains

Total Drainage Services is an expert drainage company in Bristol that covers Bristol, Wales, Bath, Swindon, Weston, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and other areas across the South West.

We offer various drainage services such as drain clearance and 24/7 emergency drain unblocking for situations where you need an expert to resolve your issue urgently. We also offer resin lining to repair damaged or leaking underground pipes, without having to replace the whole drainage system. We additionally provide other services such as CCTV surveys to detect the location of the blockage, pre-planned maintenance to create a maintenance schedule for your property, and other services such as gutter cleaning, jet washing, and tankers to transport waste away.

Regardless of the service you require, we have trained specialists who carry out the service for either your home or business premises, resolving all issues that may disrupt your day. We have nationally-accredited technicians who can operate excavation machines, CCTV drain survey equipment, and other mobile specialist equipment. Our drainage experts are available to carry out any minor and major repairs and installations, including septic tanks and sewage treatment plants.

Total Drainage Services is here for you whenever you need us, day or night, so look no further than us when you need a drainage company in Bristol.

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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