top of page
  • Writer's pictureDHC Utilities

Finding Out about the 7 Most Common Drainage Issues

Many homeowners commonly experience drainage problems. It's hard to know whether there are drainage issues since drains are not visible in most homes.

However, there are early signs indicating that you have a drainage problem. If not dealt with, these can cause health, safety, and financial problems.

7 Most Common Drainage Problems

Here's a look at the seven most common drainage issues experienced in many homes and how to determine when to call drainage professionals:

1. Blockage

It doesn't matter how careful you are in using the drains and keeping them clean. Many substances and objects will still go there, and some will likely get stuck. First, you might notice a slow flow in your drain if something is stuck, but this can worsen as the blockage becomes bigger.

So, when you see signs of clogging, it's best to fix it right away. If not addressed, this could bring in uninvited house pests. Aside from calling professional plumbers, you can try using boiling water and checking your garbage.

2. Overflow

Because regular cleaning, maintenance, and installation of gutters and downspouts require attention, it can cause bigger problems when homeowners try to do these themselves. The issues may be brought by inefficient plumbing or installing an unfit or wrong type of pipe. Pipes installed incorrectly can result in an overflowing drain, leading to a blocked downspout.

3. Leakage

Because of the wear and tear, drain pipes can have cracks or fractures. The open joint in the lines can cause leakage and water issues in the surrounding areas of the drain. Signs of structural damage due to leakage are moisture and mold and mildew growth.

Leakage can also attract pests since they can access the cracks in your pipes. Leaky home fixtures are another cause of this inconvenience. Calling drainage professionals can give you the best solution for this problem.

4. Damaged pipes due to plants

Since plant roots require nourishment, they can be a risk to plumbing since they are a source of moisture. Roots and trees can block or damage pipes when they spread and grow. From the existing damage in your pipes, they can persist and enter your drains. It can lead to a mess, odours, and potential health issues. Using rock salt or foaming root killer can help you deal with this.

5. Flooding

The debris brought about by storms and heavy rains can cause clogging, leading to flooding, overflowing, and other drain issues. Flooding can damage your drains because of the pressure placed on the pipes and the foundation. Flooding outdoors is also a sign of improper drainage. A convenient solution is to install a French drain to remove excess water from a low area.

6. Improper grading

You won't have a problem with water flowing in your house with proper grading. This is especially true for paved areas such as driveways or parking lots. But, there are times when builders don't grade properly, leading to water getting trapped or flowing towards the structure. Experts with experience in final grading can help provide comprehensive plans for grading and drainage.

7. Water runoff

Even if you practice all safety measures for your drainage system, water from your neighbours can cause drainage issues. Possible reasons for this are flooding from their place, or your place is lower than theirs. One way to prevent water runoff is by installing a French drain.

Bottom Line

It is crucial to understand the causes of the common drainage problems. This way, it will be easier for you to practice regular maintenance and maintain the drain's cleanliness. This will give you lots of savings from buying new fixtures and paying for professional repairs.

For any drainage problems you can't fix, DHC Utilities can help you with them. We offer a full range of professional services to domestic, commercial, and industrial clients.

Call us at 0161 286 6116 or send an email at You'll get your free quote within 24 hours. You can also visit our website to find out more.

7 views0 comments


bottom of page