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At Brisbane Plumbing & Gas we routinely unblock drains fast and effectively for residential and commercial customers in and around the Brisbane area. We know how important it is to get drains running freely again so we classify these jobs as a priority and offer cost effective solutions for drain clearing & drain repairs.

From blocked Toilets, Sinks and Showers to blocked Main Sewers, Stormwater lines & Pits we can fix and if necessary repair / upgrade pipes fast and guarantee our workmanship.

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Many homes in and around Brisbane still have Earthenware / Clay drainage pipes underground that in many cases are the original drains laid when the property was 1st built. These drains often still operate with no problems but it’s a good idea to carry out a CCTV drain inspection to check on the condition of the piping as this will either simply give you peace of mind knowing there is nothing to worry about or the inspection may well highlight a potential problem. As they say prevention is better than cure, drain repairs if caught in time can be relatively inexpensive to fix but if you leave it until it is too late and it usually becomes more expensive to repair. Not to mention the inconvenience caused!

Tree roots are the number one cause of underground drain blockages. When planting it’s a good idea to keep large plants and trees as far away from the sewer and stormwater lines as possible. Some plants and trees have more invasive root systems than others, so consider this when selecting and refer to the chart below. You can usually obtain drainage plans from your local council and or
contact ‘Dial before you Dig’ On Tel: 1100.

Sounds like common sense but avoid putting anything down the drains that could cause blockages i.e. baby wipes, nappies, newspaper, sanitary towels, fats, oils grease, chemicals & paints etc.

Typical Faults

Tree roots in drains

When you have a blocked drain usually the best way to clear the tree roots from blocking the drain is to use an ‘electric eel’ machine. With less chance of damaging a possibly fragile drain the eel machine does not use high pressure water jets that potentially could cause more damage than good. Eel machines use metal coils with sharp metal cutting heads that rotate at high speeds to cut through tree roots etc. Once the roots have been cut into small pieces we then thoroughly flush the drain and test all fixtures to ensure the drain is running clearly again. From here it’s a good idea is to carry out a CCTV inspection on the drains to know exactly what caused the problem and if it is likely to happen again.

Old drains and new toilets

If you have new toilets in your home and still have the original Earthenware / clay pipes underground then it has proven over the years that using the Full Flush button on your toilet cistern a little more often than usual can help shift along any debris / solids that may be building up in the pipes below. Old pipes over time can shift with ground movement and may affect the grade / fall of the drain which in turn may restrict the flow.

Remember most toilets in use these days use a fraction of the water that the old water guzzlers did. Also be aware that if you have an old toilet bowl are looking to install a new cistern, then the cistern must be converted to suit the type of bowl that you have to ensure a good flush.

Noisy drains – IMPORTANT

If your drains start to make unusual noises i.e. gurgling etc or if the drain becomes slow to flow away this could very well be an indication that there is trouble ahead (partial blockage) and the sooner the issue is addressed the less expensive it usually costs to fix – If in doubt CALL US OUT!

Our blocked drain services include

  • Unblock drains
  • Tree root drain pipe intrusions
  • Repair blocked drains
  • Unblock overflow drains
  • Unblock laundry drains
  • Unblock floor wastes
  • Repair damaged sewer lines
  • Unblock sewer lines
  • Replace sewer lines
  • Sewer and drain maintenance
  • Electric eel pipe clearing
  • CCTV drain inspections
  • Sewer & Stormwater pipe repairs
  • Unblock Stormwater lines & pits
  • Blocked gutters and downpipes

Plants that cause damage to plumbing

Botanical Name

Common Name

Damage Rating

 Cinnamonum Camphora  Camphor Laurel  Extreme
 Ficus species  Fig Trees & Rubber Plants  Extreme
 Populus species  Poplars  Extreme
 Salix species  Willows  Extreme
 Erythrina Species  Coral Trees  Very High
 Eucalyptus species  Large Gum Trees  Very High
 Jacaranda mimosifolia  Jacaranda  Very High
 Liquidamber styraciflua  Liquidambar  Very High
 Araucaria species  Norfolk Island & Bunya Pines  Very High
 Brachyciton acerifolium  Illawarra Flame Tree  Very High
 Casuarina species  Casuarinas  Very High
 Melia azedarach  Australian White Cedar  Very High
 Pinus species  Pine Trees  Very High
 Platanus acerifolia  Plane Tree  Very High
 Schinus molle  Pepper Tree  Very High
 Ulmus species  Elms  Very High
 Bougainvillea species  Bougainvilleas  High
 Cortaderia sellona  Pampas Grass  High
 Grevillea robusta  Silky Oak  High
Ilex species  Hollies  High
Lagunaria patersonii  Norfolk Island Hibiscus  High
 Ligustrum species  Privets  High
 Magnolia species  Magnolias  High
 Nerium oleander  Oleander  High
 Phoeninx canariensis  Canary Island Date Palm  High
 Phyllostachus species  Bamboos  High
 Toxicodendron species  Rhus Trees  High
 Lophostemon confetus  Brush Box, Tristania  High
 Wisteria species  Wisteria  High

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