Blocked drains in the Auckland region are common in winter. Driving rain and high winds can blow old leaves, foliage and other debris into drains, blocking the system and stopping them from working properly. Other factors come into play as well. For example, when it’s cold outside we tend to pour more oils and fats down the sink rather than dispose of them properly in the garbage bin. When these oils and fats solidify, pipes and drains can become clogged and the whole system backs up with unpleasant and often smelly results.
These are just a few reasons why we’re frequently called out in winter to unblock drains in Auckland. But there are some things you can do to reduce drainage issues, and most of them are very simple to do. For example, you can cut back branches that overhang gutters and drains, and clear the gutters themselves. You can trim plants and bushes in the garden to reduce the number of leaves that typically blow into drains on windy days. Clear away plant debris that might already be around drains, as well as mud and sediment that could solidify in drain lines at a later date.
While there are easy steps you can follow to make blocked drains less of a problem this winter, you can go even further to avoid potential issues down the track. Once or twice a year, call in the experts to carry out some basic drain maintenance. This will allow you to stay one step ahead of the game by checking out things that might be hidden from view. For example, our CCTV technology allows us to see what is happening in underground drains and pipes. By doing this we can identify and resolve hidden and ongoing drainage problems e.g. tree roots often grow within drains, and the more they grow, the more blockages they cause. This problem is very much a case of out of sight, out of mind, which is why our CCTV equipment is such a valuable tool.
There are things we can all do to reduce the pain of a blocked drain in winter. You can follow those simple maintenance steps we suggested, and we can step in with our equipment and expertise to unblock and clean your drains, and to check if your drainage issues are caused by something more than a pile of old leaves in the system. To book a time for us to come to your place, contact us today.