Keep your drains running clear this Autumn by following these simple steps

Autumn Leaves

Autumn has set in, and many of you may be busy in the garden, carrying out essential garden maintenance to keep your gardens looking pristine as the leaves begin to colour and fall from their trees. Aside from keeping your home and garden looking inviting, keeping your garden free from autumn leaves keeps blocked drains at bay.

Leaves are not the only guilty party, as tree roots and other garden matter can also contribute to blocked drains, and can even crack pipes if left untreated. In order to avoid blocked drains, make sure you regularly clear leaves from pathways, gutters and gullies. A little hard work in the short term could save you a lot of aggravation in the long term. Sometimes preventative measures are the most important. Here is a list of other items that you should avoid pouring down drains:

Grease, oil and fat

This is one of the most common causes of blocked drains. We are almost all guilty of washing oily substances down the drain when cooking and cleaning. The residue sticks to the inside of pipes causing a build up, which allows gradually less and less liquid to pass through. Be mindful of what you are washing down the drains, and drain as much excess as you can into a disposable plastic container before washing.


Hair build up in showers, baths and sinks is often a large problem. Try using a hair catcher in your plughole to avoid excess hair being washed down drains, inevitably blocking them over time.

Foreign objects

Foreign objects such as sanitary items, baby wipes and cotton wool wreak havoc on your drains. Intended to expand and absorb when used normally, these can stay lodged in drains, causing unnecessary blockages. Avoid flushing or pouring any foreign objects down the toilets, and keep toilet seats closed around small children, who are the main culprits of foreign object flushing!

How to detect a blocked drain and how to resolve the issue

The common signs of blocked drains are:

  • - Toilets and plugholes no longer draining and overflowing
  • - Foul smells around drains, inspection chambers and traps (sinks, washing machines...)

Unblocking and repairing drains is usually the responsibility of the property owner or tenant. If you think you have a drainage issue, first contact your insurance providers, who will be able to tell you whether you are covered for drainage problems under your policy. If you can’t unblock the drain yourself, contact Ansa domestic drain services, who will be more than happy to help.

Remember, whether you pour things down your internal or external drains, all waste ends up in the same sewer pipe, so an external problem could lead to an internal problem or vice versa!