The Harmful Effects of a Blocked Drain

Whatever the reason for a blocked drain, it’s definitely something you want to get sorted out as soon as possible. That’s because it’s almost certainly not going to get better without some kind of intervention. On the contrary, it’ll probably just get worse.

And there are some pretty unpleasant things that are likely to happen in and around your home if you don’t deal with the issue. Here are a few of them.



Slow drains

When your drains are slow to clear, bits of waste that would otherwise get washed away end up clinging to your sink – and they’re not easy to wash away because water isn’t going down the plug hole. In short, it becomes a vicious circle. Meanwhile, you end up wasting more and more of your time waiting for things to slowly dribble down the sink so you can get on with your day.


A bad smell

Along with slow drainage, a bad smell is going to be one of the first things you notice when you have a blocked drain. That’s because instead of bits of waste being washed down into the sewerage system, they’re slowly rotting in your drains, with the resulting smell having nowhere else to go, but back up your pipework and into your home.


Structural damage

If the blockage is caused by a collapsed drain, it’s possible that wastewater is leaking into the surrounding soil and perhaps even into your home’s foundations. Over time, that could damage your home’s structure, leading to potentially expensive repair work being required.



Certain pests, including rats and insects, are attracted to rotting material and stagnant water and are likely to subsequently find their way into your home. Meanwhile, leaking water can cause walls and floorboards to get damp and allow things like mould and mildew to thrive.


Your health

The accumulated effects of the hazards listed above eventually start to present a real risk to the health of those in the building with the blocked drain. Stagnant water and waste can become breeding grounds for all kinds of bacteria, while microbes that circulate in the air could prove particularly harmful to anyone with asthma or certain allergies.

When your drains become blocked, you need the experience of a company that knows how to deal with the situation swiftly, effectively and with the very latest industry technology. At AA Turner Tanker, we’ve been dealing with drains for over 40 years and can offer CCTV surveys to make an accurate assessment of a problem, together with fast solutions such as high pressure drain jetting to fix it.

To find out more about our CCTV Drain Surveys, and our drain clearance and unblocking services around Colchester, Ipswich and Chelmsford, contact us now.