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Blocked Drains Sydney

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.

Get Your Drains Cleared, or Fixed Permanently, to Avoid This.

When your drain backs up, the pooling water can damage your floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings, and you may also experience a foul odour emanating 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.

What Causes Blocked Drains?

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.

Organise A Site Inspection And Drain Clean

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 stormwater 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 team today to organise a site inspection and clean.

Blocked Drain Causes

Tips For Avoiding Blocked Drains

Tree Roots

What many people don’t realise is that the roots of a tree spread out as far as the branches do, and even further in some cases. So if you have large trees, you’ll also have large roots. These roots are much more powerful than you might think and can puncture your pipes, causing a blockage. When planting trees on your Sydney property, it is important to take into consideration the layout of your pipes. This way, you can plant the trees far enough away from any underground works, so that they won’t pose a threat to your plumbing. Be sure to think not just about the size of the tree today, but also how it will grow in the future.

Cooking Grease

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.

Personal Care Products

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.

Foreign Objects

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.

Drain Clearing

Why Choose Pipe Relining Solutions for Drain Clearing?

High Pressure Jet Blasters

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.

Efficient & Experienced Operators

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.

Up-front Pricing

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 Clean Up

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.


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What our customers say

Linda LinLinda Lin
12:03 29 Jun 22
Pipe relining team is professional and responsive. They are great at problem solving. Highly recommended
Daniel PDaniel P
10:08 15 Jun 22
Matt arrived right on the time he scheduled with a polite and friendly manner. He did a thorough investigation of the problems and provided honest feedback to help come to a solution. Really helpful. Thanks
04:54 24 May 22
Matt and his team attended site to inspect a sewer for repair. He advised me that the issue was actually Sydney Waters problem to rectify. He took photos and video for free, reported the issue to Sydney Water saving me thousands in repair costs. Great and honest team!
Otte HomanOtte Homan
00:16 22 Feb 22
Excellent service and a pleasure to deal with. Reasonably priced, and the work comes with a 35 year warranty, which is probably longer than we will own the home for. Office staff was friendly and efficient, and technicians were skilled and did a good job cleaning up afterwards. The before-and-after movies are a good thing to have.
Marcus HainesMarcus Haines
21:51 24 Jan 22
Having so many 5 star ratings almost looks suspicious, but I can confirm there is a reason these guys get such a good rating. Mark who came out on time to quote the job and complete the repair and Fred in the office were both friendly and professional.All of the team on the day knew what they were doing, we're quick, efficient and they both turned up on time and completed the job when they said they would. We had an old earthenware pipe that was getting roots into it. We could have dug it up and replaced it, but that would have meant being without the only toilet for longer and the extra hassle and disruption of breaking up a concrete path and reinstating.I was sent videos of the pipe before clearing, after clearing and then after the relining. Every step and what to expect was also clearly explained. The team cleaned up everything after the work (which I've found isn't so common these days).Hopefully I won't need to fix anymore pipes soon, but if I do I would happily use them again and recommend to anyone else.
Robert MacriRobert Macri
08:03 10 Dec 21
Matt and the team at Pipe Relining Solutions are outstanding. I am a licensed builder and had sewer and storm water issues on a current job. Matt attended site promptly, his knowledge, care and skill are in a different league. He did not stop until every issue was identified, the video footage and reporting was so detailed and their costs to do proper works was more than competitive. Thank you for your professional industry leading service.
Brigid RooneyBrigid Rooney
22:45 29 Nov 21
Fred and Connor and their team of workers did a great job for us. They inspired confidence in the initial diagnosis of the problem, using a camera inspection and then sharing the evidence with us. We booked them in to carry out a relining job to resolve the issue. They were prompt, well organised, great communicators and absolutely professional every step of the way. They provided excellent video evidence of the completed job, inspiring confidence about the quality of the result. I would definitely recommend them to others and use their services again.
Tareq HafezTareq Hafez
02:30 25 Nov 21
Professional, on time and offering a great service with minimal disruption. Highly recommended.
07:37 15 Sep 21
If you are looking for a genuine, experienced, high-quality plumber with transparent advice and competitive prices then stop looking and just contact Matt and the team!We engaged Pipe Relining Solutions for lining our boundary trap. On the day of the quote Matt arrived on time, inspected our sewer, and went out of his way to fix a dripping toilet cistern after another plumber had incorrectly replaced the washer. The quote provided was prompt and very detailed. We knew exactly what we were paying for and there was no confusion or ambiguity around the work. On the day everyone turned up on time and were polite, COVID safe, and respectful. We were kept updated throughout the day and were never out of the loop. Our property was appropriately protected with lots of drop sheets (we have a terrace so everything had to be brought through the house to the backyard) and was left clean and tidy once work was completed. Throughout the day it was clear every person on site was contentious about the quality of their work and took care around our home.Among the many positive things I could say about this company, what stood out for me is that Matt and the team are so incredibly generous with their time and expertise. We had a number of issues in our property, some of which were created by another plumber, and Matt helped us correct these issues and went out of his way to set us up for some planned future works on the house. We honestly could not be happier and wish we could do more to promote this business so they are around forever and we never have to work with another plumber again!

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