Maintaining a home is a never-ending task that requires time, effort and knowledge about how to keep things running at all times. Conscious investment is the key to ensuring that all parts and components of your home continue to function as they should. What makes this particularly difficult is that there are many parts of a home that cannot be seen which have to be maintained as well. 

One particularly challenging part of home maintenance is making sure that the home’s drainage system is working properly. If there is one problem that many homeowners hate to face, it’s clogged drains. These malfunctions in a drainage system may cause more than just problems with your pipes. This blog post will shed some light on the different negative effects that stem from a clogged drain that remains unchecked for a long time and what a homeowner can do about it. 

Clogged Drains: What They Can Do to Your Home and Health

Having blocked or clogged drains may cause all sorts of problems for a home and the people who reside in it. However, before we get into that, knowing what usually causes clogged drains is essential. 

Causes of Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are most commonly caused by the people who live in the home. Getting food particles, dirt and debris, and even excessive toilet paper into drains may cause them to get blocked up. However, clogged drains may also be caused by factors that are outside a homeowner’s control. Tree roots may grow into drains, causing blockage.

Negative Effects of Clogged Drains

Here is a list of the negative effects that clogged drains can have on homes and the people who live in them. 

Risks to Health

Clogged drains will prevent wastewater from flowing out and away from the home. This may cause bacteria to fester in the water, which can cause allergies and all sorts of diseases. Stagnant water may also encourage mosquitos and other insects to lay their eggs.

Mould Growth

Clogged drains may also cause mould to grow in the affected area. Mould growth may cause allergic reactions in people who accidentally come into contact with it. 

Further Damage

The structural integrity of the home may also become affected if the clogged drain remains unchecked for a long period of time. This is because the plumbing system will be compromised while the drain pipes are blocked. Water may get into parts where it shouldn’t, causing some parts of the structure to weaken. 

Bad Odours

Lastly, the longer the water stands in a clogged drain, the worse the odour will be. A home may even become inhabitable because of the unpleasant smells that come from a clogged drain. 


While damage to your drainage system may sometimes be unavoidable, the key is to call a plumber as soon as you notice anything wrong. Also, working with a professional plumber instead of trying to handle the repairs on your own will ensure that the problem will be fixed correctly, the first time and that no further damage will be caused to your drainage system. 

Get an experienced plumber to fix your clogged drains by calling Designa Plumbing today! We are a fully licensed south Adelaide plumbing and gas fitter business, servicing all Adelaide and surrounding areas. Call 0404 197 651 today!