What is blocking drains across Melbourne?

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RACV has got to the bottom of why some suburbs have the most blocked toilets, drains and pipes.

St Kilda East is RACV’s busiest suburb for blockages, and Reservoir second, based on the number of members using Emergency Home Assist and the number of incidents.

In St Kilda and Reservoir, RACV Emergency Home Assist plumber Zachary Arthur says the sewers are older than newer suburbs they serve, so blockages can be common.

Older sewers that are prone to blockages are also common in Box Hill, Burwood, Balwyn, Caulfield and older suburbs in general.

Some of the main preventable causes of blockages include oils and fats, wet wipes and sanitary products that end up in the drains.

“The more careful you are the less likely it is to block up,” Zachary says.

Take steps to prevent blockages

Zachary says it’s best to be vigilant about what goes down the drain and act quickly if there are signs of blockage.

“Cooking byproducts like fat and grease are incredibly harmful,” he says. “They can solidify and block drains.”

Using a high-pressure water jet to clear out the sewer will go a long way in the preservation of the drain, Zachary says. This should be completed by a licensed professional.

Other blockage causes could be old and poorly maintained pipework, as well as tree roots.

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Top 10 suburbs with blockages

St Kilda East
Box Hill 
Balwyn North 
Caulfield North 
Carrum Downs 

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