BLOCKED DRAIN SERVICES
Blocked drains and pipes are a common problem for Brisbane residents. While they are typically caused by human error, blocked drains can occur frequently from trees and plants. Besides being an obvious health hazard, a blocked drain can cause disruptive and expensive implications if not attended to. Damage frequently caused by blocked drains includes; Structural building damage, Carpet and floorboard damage, Furniture and appliance damage, flooding, and irreparable drain damage. Blocked drain causes include:
Hair is a leading cause of blocked drain pipes in Brisbane as it can bind with grease and other substances to form knots and clogs. When it comes to hair, prevention is always better than seeking blocked drain repairs or blocked drain services so it is vital to ensure all drain guards are in place and cleared regularly.
While this may be surprising, soap can play a factor in causing blocked drains and pipes depending on how it was made and which ingredients it carries. Traditional soap bars contain large amounts of fat or grease which can combine with other particles or water minerals to create build-up known as soap scum. If you suspect your drains have begun to build up, blocked drain clearing may be the best alternative.
Even though food waste and disposal units have greatly developed in terms of functionality - it is never recommended to place food waste down the drain. This is particularly important when considering some foods or substances won’t break down over time. Those that do degrade, however, can still cause blocked drains given the sum of grease and oil they contain.
Toilet Paper Buildup
The use of excessive toilet paper can clog drains and prevent your toilet from being fully functional. If water is still able to run when flushed, a plunger may be used to help clear the passage way, however, if the toilet is completely blocked - a blocked drain plumber should be called.
While tree roots are partly uncontrollable, measures should be put in place to help prevent their impact on drains and pipes. The smallest crack or leak in underground pipes can attract tree roots. Once tree roots penetrate underground drains and pipes they typically grow at an alarming rate, rapidly obstructing water flow and causing structural damage. If you suspect your drains or pipes may be affected by tree roots - call a blocked drain plumber immediately.
How to clear a blocked drain pipe
Tree roots in drains
When you are experiencing blocked drains, one way to clear the tree roots 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 Camera Inspection on the drains to know exactly what caused the problem in the first place 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 and are looking to install a new cistern, the cistern must be converted to suit the type of bowl that you have to ensure a good flush.
If your drains start to make unusual noises (i.e. gurgling), or if the drain becomes slow to flow away, this could very well be an indication that there is trouble ahead (i.e. a partial blockage is forming). The sooner the issue is addressed, the less expensive it usually costs to fix – if in doubt call 0400 053 263
BLOCKED DRAIN CLEARING FACTS
Many homes in and around Brisbane still have Earthenware / Clay drainage pipes underground, and in many cases, they are the original drains laid when the property was first 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. This will either 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. Especially when it comes to blocked drains! Drain related issues, if caught in time, can be relatively inexpensive to fix. However, if you leave it until it is too late, more often than not it becomes drastically 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 making selections and refer to the chart below, as this may help you avoid future blocked drains. You can usually obtain drainage plans from your local council, or alternatively, try contacting ‘Dial before you Dig’.
It sounds like common sense, but avoid putting anything down the drains that could cause blockages. For example baby wipes, nappies, newspaper, sanitary towels, fats, oils grease, chemicals & paints etc.
Blocked Drain Repairs and Services
At Brisbane Plumbing and Gas, we offer one of Brisbane's leading blocked drain services and unblock them quickly 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 blocked drain cleaning and blocked drain repairs.
From blocked Toilets, Sinks and Showers to blocked Main Sewers, Stormwater lines & Pits, we can repair and if necessary upgrade pipes quickly, whilst always guaranteeing our workmanship. For questions, queries, and quotes contact 0400 053 263
- Unblocking drains
- Tree root drain pipe intrusions
- Repairing blocked drains
- Unblocking overflow drains
- Unblocking laundry drains
- Unblocking floor wastes
- Repairing damaged sewer lines
- Unblocking sewer lines
- Replacing sewer lines
- Sewer and drain maintenance
- Electric eel pipe clearing
- CCTV drain inspections
- Sewer & Stormwater pipe repairs
- Unblocking Stormwater lines & pits
- Blocked gutters and downpipes
Plants that cause damage to plumbing
|Cinnamonum Camphora||Camphor Laurel||Extreme|
|Ficus species||Fig Trees & Rubber Plants||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|
|Cortaderia sellona||Pampas Grass||High|
|Grevillea robusta||Silky Oak||High|
|Lagunaria patersonii||Norfolk Island Hibiscus||High|
|Phoeninx canariensis||Canary Island Date Palm||High|
|Toxicodendron species||Rhus Trees||High|
|Lophostemon confetus||Brush Box, Tristania||High|
Blocked Drain Repair and Service Areas
Brisbane Plumbing and Gas is your leading provider of blocked drain repairs, blocked drain clearing, and other blocked drain services - reaching over Brisbane, Caboolture, Beenleigh, Ipswich and all suburbs in between.
- Acacia Ridge
- Cannon Hill
- South Brisbane
- Albany Creek
- North Lakes
- Bribie Island
- Bracken Ridge
- Ferny Grove