It is easy to forget your drains and the potential items building up within your pipes that are steadily building up a dam against their natural flow. More often than not, we allow certain things to spill through our sinks at work and home, neglecting any concern of how they will come back to haunt us eventually. Drain systems, while large and spacious enough to handle some loose items are far from indestructible. As certain items cause drain build up, your drainage system will succumb to the backup – potentially causing costly damage if continuously ignored and piled upon.

Blockage, breakage and preventing it from working efficiently cause costly problems later. Avoiding putting these certain items down your drains is a must for a healthy drainage system.

Avoid the Toxins

We all learned at an early childhood stage what toxic chemicals in our sewers do to turtles, but chemicals from detergents, bleaches and toxins such as pesticides can all cause various problems.

Toxic chemicals such as paints, cleaning products and motor oils should be disposed of at recycling centres instead of poured down your grids. Whilst we are all guilty of pouring cooking oils down the plughole following our cooking – mainly because it is easier – those greases, oils and fats are some of the biggest causes of blocked drain damage.

Solidified fats are among the worst substances to cause clogging. That damage can stretch to rivers and oceans and affect plants, wildlife and fish. In all of these items, recycling is the best option. The recycling plants may even be able to transform the liquids into biofuels – creating something useful from something wasteful.

Papers and Wipes

Some of the worst offenders for drain blockage in Manchester come in baby wipes. Paper towels are just as bad, but those baby wipes are among the current leads for drain blockage.

We know that, occasionally, baby wipes are a bathroom substitute for toilet paper – especially when you run out. However, you should never flush these down the toilet. Baby wipes absorb moisture and clump together within your drainage pipes. If you start to see your water levels rising in the toilet, it is a clear sign that a blockage by these pesky wipes is in effect.

In neighbourhoods, that could affect the entire drainage system of a street, leading to drainage professionals in Manchester having to work throughout the street’s sewage system to unclog the mess. Not something you want your neighbours angry at you for.


Food going into your drains is bound to happen. However, certain foods should be avoided from disposing of through your sink.

Pasta and rice are two foods that continuously absorb liquid long after being cooked. When poured into your drains, they make a gooey mess that becomes hard to break down, giving you a rapid buildup of blockage that will not naturally break down with blockage cleaning chemicals bought from the shops.

If you cannot make use of storing the leftovers to eat another day, they should go straight into the bin – avoiding the sink altogether. If any pasta or rice has spilt into the sink after draining the food, clear it out and stop it from filling your drains.

If it is too late to heed these warnings and your drain build up is already showing signs of trouble, contact the team at Blocked Drains Northwest today to get you out of the mess.