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Do You Have A Blocked Waste Pipe Outside?

Blocked pipes are an issue nobody wants to deal with, but if you don’t have it resolved quickly, you could find yourself with even bigger problems. When waste pipes become blocked, they can leak and cause damage to your property and street.

If you suspect that your waste pipes are blocked, it is essential that you get the professionals involved quickly, before the blockage causes further drainage problems.

blocked waste pipe

Outdoor Pipe Blockage Problems

Water spilling from blocked waste pipes can lead to significant damage to your home, sheds and nearby pavement. In addition, it can affect soil and gardens. If you find your outside waste pipe blocked, don’t wait until it damages your property, resulting in costly repairs.

One of the most common signs of a blocked drain is slow drainage from multiple sources, such as your toilet, shower or sinks. This is because the blockage is occurring in a pipe shared by these drains. Other signs include foul odours outside your home and wet patches in your garden if the blocked drain has begun to leak.

Once you know that you do have a blocked waste pipe outside, do not hesitate to call a plumber, preventing the issue from getting worse.

Main Causes of Blockages

Blockages in outside waste pipes have a variety of causes, so you often won’t know why a blockage has occurred without professional assistance. However, by knowing the common causes of a blocked waste drain, you can take steps to minimise the risk of one occurring.


Because your waste pipes carry sewage from in your home and outside, mud can often get caught in the pipeline and cause a blockage, particularly after heavy rainfall. If it is easy for mud to get to your outside drains, you might find them blocked frequently.

mud in waste pipe


When there is any sort of organic debris in your garden—anything from fallen leaves to dead branches—it can easily get swept into your outdoor drainage and cause blockages in your waste pipe. By keeping your garden tidy and disposing of natural debris in your green bin, you can reduce the risk of a blockage.


Similar to natural debris, if there is rubbish outside of your home, it could become stuck in your drain pipe, particularly after a storm. If you live in a windy area, stray rubbish can find itself on your property and in your waste pipes easily.

     Tree Roots

The most common cause of underground pipe blockages is tree roots that have grown through the pipe walls. These tree roots continue to grow inside the pipe significantly increasing the likelihood of a blockage.

When this happens there is a chance excavation will be necessary to clear the waste pipe if conventional methods fail. You should always leave any digging around pipes to professional plumbers, such as the team at Drainpro.

Blocked Sewer? What Should You Do?

It is often impossible to tell what is causing a blockage in your waste pipe without professional equipment, which is why the Drainpro team uses cctv drain camera inspections to determine why a blockage has occurred, allowing us to solve the problem in the most efficient way possible.

If you suspect that your waste pipe is blocked, call a plumber immediately, before the issue gets worse. Drainpro is always ready to help, so get in touch on 1300 620 273. For less urgent matters, feel free to complete our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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