Blocked drains are common occurrences in homes and businesses throughout the Greater Sydney area, and can be incredibly frustrating when they happen to you. On top of that frustration, blocked drains can also cause serious damage to your property if not addressed: What appears to be a simple blocked drain may turn into a more serious plumbing problem such as a collapsed sewer line.
When your drain backs up, the pooling water can damage your floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings, and you may also experience a foul smell from the water. Left unchecked, water damage can cause mould and mildew to form, which can be incredibly difficult to eliminate, and can pose a health risk to you and your family.
There are a number of blocked drain causes, but they all end with the same result: a drain which doesn’t allow water to flow through smoothly.
Here we provide some information regarding the most common causes of blocked drains in Sydney. We also provide some tips to help you avoid the inconvenience and unpleasantness of a clogged drain in your home.
Making a conscious effort to ensure things like cooking grease, hair and personal care products are disposed of correctly and being mindful of tree root systems and their proximity to your sewer and storm water pipes is a great place to start.
If you do notice gurgling noises, an awful smell or slow draining – it’s likely you’ve got a pipe problem – and the sooner you act, the better.
If something doesn’t seem right, we are available to respond to your blocked drain emergency. Get in touch with our friendly plumbing service team today to organise a site inspection and drain clean.
Tree roots take advantage of available water so when conditions are ideal, roots grow faster and divide more frequently. Roots are opportunistic and when conditions are ideal, their growth rate can be very rapid, depending on the species of the tree. Ideal conditions are often created by old pipes that have cement or rubber seals that fail. Once the seal is broken water starts to seep out into the surrounding soils. Once a root comes into contact with the moist soil, they start to grow more rapidly. Although it’s extremely difficult to know the quality of the pipe installation, you can take into consideration the layout of your pipes when planting trees on your Sydney property. This way, you can plant the trees far enough away from any underground pipes, so that they won’t pose a threat to your plumbing. Don’t just think about the size of the tree today, but also how it will grow in the future.
We’ve all been guilty of pouring cooking grease down the kitchen sink from time to time, but this is a practice you should always aim to avoid. As the grease cools, it congeals on the inside of your pipe and can partially or fully block the pipe over time, preventing water from draining away. Instead of dumping your cooking grease in the sink, pour it into an empty coffee tin or other container. Then, throw it in the bin with the rest of your rubbish. This simple step only takes a few extra moments, and it will protect your pipes from grease build-up over the years.
Whether it’s hair down the shower drain after a shampoo, hair in the toilet bowl when emptying a brush or clippings down the sink after a shave – hair is pretty much guaranteed to enter household drains at one point or another. Whilst on a single occasion it might not seem like a big deal, over time, hair will build up in your drains. And just like it gets matted and knotted on your head, it can gather and get tangled within your drainage system causing a nasty blockage. Fortunately, this problem is completely avoidable – it just takes a shift in habit (preferably from all household members). Firstly, avoid the temptation to push your hair down the shower drain after a wash – instead pick it up and put it in the bin. Same goes for emptying a hair brush – while it might seem convenient to flush it down the toilet, emptying the hair into your bin is a far better option. And lastly, if you’ve just shaved don’t wash the clippings down the sink. When it comes to hair – always opt for the bin, not the drain.
Sanitary items and personal care products are far too frequently mindlessly flushed down the toilet. These items, such as so-called ‘flushable’ baby wipes, cotton pads and feminine products do not break down the same way toilet paper does. Quite the contrary- they get even bigger, absorbing water as they travel through the pipe network. As such, they are likely to get caught in the drainage system and eventually cause a blockage. Even using too much toilet paper at one time can cause a pipe to block up. It’s a good idea to use common sense when it comes to personal care products and toilets. Keep in mind that if an item is somewhat large and is not biodegradable – it’s better off winding up in landfill, not stuck in your pipes. A bin next to the toilet in each bathroom is a good solution to this common pipe problem.
Whether intentional or not, foreign objects will most likely at some point wind up down your toilet or in the drain. Things like debris, jewellery or most commonly – children’s toys can contribute to blocked pipes in your home. In the case of excess food, even seemingly small things like ground coffee or tea leaves can wreak havoc when they’re washed down the sink over and over again. Children love seeing their toys float, as such it’s a good idea to help them understand that whilst toys love a bath – they don’t enjoy being flushed down the toilet. For things like excess food or debris it’s important to always dispose of waste correctly – in the bin. A basket strainer in your sink is a great way to catch food or debris before it enters the pipe system.
Smelly drains in the bathroom can be caused by:
The time it takes to clear a blocked sewer can vary depending on the severity of the blockage and the method used to remove it.
However, using our high pressure water jet and specialised cutting heads, we can usually clear your blocked sewer within 1 hour.
If you are currently experiencing a blocked toilet, blocked sewer lines or having stormwater trouble, give our team of expertly trained plumbers a call today and we will promptly attend to your blocked drains ASAP!
If you have a blocked toilet, you can try:
For further details take a look at this article on how to clear a blocked toilet.
If that doesn’t work, give our office a call today and we will send a trained drain technician to unblock your drain.
Every truck at Pipe Relining Solutions carries a CCTV inspection camera. This enables us to insert the camera into the sewer pipe and thoroughly investigate the cause of the drainage problem whilst drain cleaning.
Once we have diagnosed the problem with your sewer or stormwater line we will be able to discuss your drain repair options.
Here are some steps to treat a smelly kitchen sink drain:
If, after all that, you’re still experiencing drain smells, it could be due to a drain blockage. If so, it’s time to engage a Sydney plumber like Pipe Relining Solutions to perform necessary drain cleaning or blocked drain repairs.
You can try asking for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbours who have had similar experiences with blocked drains. It’s also a good idea to check the credentials of any Sydney plumber you’re considering, such as their license and insurance, before hiring them.
We recommend that if you’re looking for a blocked drain plumber near you, don’t call any plumber, call a drainage expert like Pipe Relining Solutions.
We have the know-how, equipment and experience to get the job done efficiently, properly and therefore cost-effectively. Call 1300 366 834. We’ll get your drains clean and up and running in next to no time!
The cost of drain cleaning varies depending on the company you use. A word of warning though: beware of those plumbers advertising a low rate to clear your drains (like $89). This is usually a way of drawing you in. Once they’ve cleared your pipes they will slug you with a much larger bill (quite commonly over $1,000) and they won’t even clean your drains properly.
We’ve heard many stories like this over the years. We get called in to re-clean these drains after just a few weeks so the customer ends up paying twice!
We charge $330+ GST for the 1st hour and $100/30 minutes thereafter. There is no call-out fee and no hidden surprises.
Most general plumbers, who provide the full range of plumbing maintenance services, don’t have specialised equipment for drain cleaning.
Pipe Relining Solutions is a specialist in drain cleaning and drain rehabilitation. Because we are experienced we get to the root of the problem quickly. Not only are we highly experienced in this field of plumbing, we have specialised high pressure water jetting gear and the appropriate jet heads to clean your blocked drains efficiently and cost-effectively.
Here are 7 ways to prevent blocked drains:
If you’re experiencing frequent blockages, it may be a sign of a serious issue with your drains. In that case, pipe relining or another type of plumbing repair may be necessary to fully resolve the problem.
Pipe relining can help prevent blocked drains from occurring in a specific pipe.
Pipe relining is a process in which a flexible liner is inserted into the damaged pipe and then inflated to form a new pipe inside the old one. This can help to prevent blockages by repairing cracks, gaps, and other damage in the pipes that can cause debris to build up.
Pipe relining can also help to improve the flow of water in the pipes, which can reduce the risk of sewer blockages and backups. However, it’s still important to practice good drain maintenance and avoid flushing inappropriate items to help prevent blockages from occurring.
Here are 5 signs that indicate your outside drain may be blocked:
If you suspect that your outside drain is blocked, it’s important to have it inspected and cleared by a professional Sydney plumber to prevent water damage and other problems.
Blocked drains outside can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
It’s important to regularly inspect your outside drains and clear away any visible debris to prevent blockages from occurring.
If you do experience a blockage, call drain cleaning expert like Pipe Relining Solutions. We can safely and effectively resolve the issue.
The responsibility for a blocked sewer drain on your property depends on the location of the drain. In general, the homeowner is typically responsible for the maintenance and repair of the pipes and drains within their property, including those that run from the house to the main sewer line.
However, if the blockage is caused by an issue with the main sewer line, the responsibility will fall to Sydney Water.
If you’re unsure who is responsible for the blocked sewer drain on your property, you may want to consult with a local Sydney plumber or Sydney Water to clarify the situation.
To fix a blocked drain, you can try the following steps:
It is important to address a blocked drain as soon as possible, as the blockage can worsen over time and cause extensive damage to the pipes. If you are unsure how to clear the blockage or it is a persistent problem, call a professional like Pipe Relining Solutions for assistance.
A buildup of everyday waste materials typically causes blocked drains. These obstructions occur when:
At Pipe Relining Solutions, we’re well-versed in identifying and rectifying these issues swiftly. Our ‘no dig’ pipe relining and drain repair services, armed with CCTV inspection cameras on every truck, ensure accurate diagnosis and prompt solutions.
You’ll know your drain is blocked when you notice:
Trusted by Sydney property owners, Pipe Relining Solutions ensures efficient detection and resolution of these signs with our advanced technology and trained experts. Our comprehensive drain cleaning and repair services are backed by a 35-year guarantee and competitive pricing.
Yes, you can attempt to clear minor blockages using safe methods such as:
However, for persistent or severe issues, professional intervention is recommended. Pipe Relining Solutions offers expertise in safely and effectively addressing all blocked drains in Sydney, ensuring a smooth flow and long-lasting results.
Our team utilises cutting-edge technology to accurately diagnose blockages:
Pipe Relining Solutions prides itself on a thorough approach in all Inner West regions, ensuring prompt and efficient solutions to blocked drains and pipe-related concerns.
Yes, we certainly handle emergency call-outs for severe blockages. At Pipe Relining Solutions, we understand that some drainage issues can’t wait and require immediate attention. Our skilled team is prepared to respond promptly and efficiently to your emergency needs. With our trucks equipped with CCTV inspection cameras and advanced tools, we tackle even the most challenging blocked drains in Sydney. Our focus is not just on resolving the issue fast but also on ensuring a lasting solution. Our competitive pricing and 35-year guarantee ensure you receive the highest quality service without undue stress.
It’s advisable to check your drains every three to six months to maintain optimal function. Regular checks can:
At Pipe Relining Solutions, we provide comprehensive services, including routine checks and preventive maintenance, to keep your drains functioning seamlessly. Our trained experts ensure that you’re well-informed about the state of your drainage system, thereby enhancing its longevity and performance.
Yes, tree roots and other plants can indeed cause blocked drains. Seeking moisture, roots infiltrate pipes, leading to obstructions and damage. Once inside, they can grow rapidly, causing:
Pipe Relining Solutions offers specialised solutions to tackle root-induced blockages and prevent future occurrences. Our ‘no dig’ pipe relining effectively seals cracks and keeps roots at bay.
We service all across Sydney, ensuring prompt and efficient drainage solutions to every corner of the city. No matter where you are in Sydney, Pipe Relining Solutions is ready to provide you with top-notch services, free quotes, and a 35-year guarantee, making pipe repairs easy and stress-free for property owners.
All of our trucks are equipped with high powered high pressure jet blasters that can cut through just about anything including rubble, silt and tree roots.
We also have robotic cutting equipment that can obliterate solid obstacles such as concrete in the pipe work.
CCTV drain cameras and locating equipment allow our drainage experts to locate blockages quickly so we don’t waste your time and money finding the problem.
Our drainage specialists have been clearing drains for more than 20 years. It’s what we do day in day out, every day. There are only a handful of drains we haven’t been able to clear in the last 20 years.
Our drainage specialists inform you of our charges before commencing work so you don’t get any nasty surprises. We charge a fixed up front price, and no call out fee for jetting work.
We don’t just clean your drains, we remove any debris and clean up after ourselves – leaving your home cleaner than when we arrived. We use air repair disinfectant to deodorise the area of any lingering odours.