Blocked Sewer Melbourne
Dealing with a blocked sewer or clogged drain is a major hassle, which is why Drainfast is your blocked sewer Melbourne plumber. Whether you are a busy homeowner or a thriving business, a blocked sewer or blocked drain can be a lingering nuisance which can eventually result in damage such as burst pipes and blocked toilets. In order to prevent things going this far, it is a great idea to have your drains cleaned regularly by a professional Melbourne blocked sewer plumber. Our general plumbing service and emergency 24 hour plumber Melbourne service have been cleaning blocked sewers in Melbourne for 15 years, and we consider blocked sewers to be a specialty of ours.
Whether you’re dealing with a minor clogged toilet or floor drain, or a major blocked drain or burst pipe which is affecting your entire system, we have the tools and experience required to solve the blocked sewer problem quickly, cost effectively, and in a way which leaves your premises in better shape than before we arrived.
A blocked sewer drain can cause a lot of mess, particularly if it is the result of a blocked sewer backup or misconnected /burst pipes. This mess is not only inconvenient and unsightly, it poses a serious health risk which should be of major concern to the home or business owner, a blocked sewer can spill sewerage back up through a blocked toilet or other drains. As professionals, we are equipped to deal with serious issues such as blocked sewer backups, sewerage leaks, burst pipes, blocked drains and other hazardous sewer plumbing malfunctions. We will always make sure that your home is safe to live in again, or that your business is ready to serve customers as quickly as possible once the blocked sewer issue is resolved. We pride ourselves on cleaning up thoroughly and replacing any damaged carpet, baseboard, walls, and flooring to leave your home or business back on track once your blocked sewer is unblocked.
There are two types of drains in Australia which form part of the sewer and clean water plumbing system for almost every premises, these two drains are the most likely to become blocked and cause plumbing problems such as a blocked sewer.
The sewer drain
The sewer drain carries human waste and wastewater away from your premises to a water treatment plant, where it is processed and disposed of. Your home or business’s sewer drain is often placed under a high amount of stress owing to the volume of material they are required to move, as well as dealing with foreign objects such as food waste, sanitary materials, and other things which should never be put down a drain or flushed down a toilet. Flushing foreign objects down the toilet will cause them to become clogged in the sewer drain, potentially creating a blocked sewer. To avoid creating a blocked sewer drain, keep a bin next to the toilet so that any waste besides toilet paper can be disposed of properly and not end up in your sewer drain.
The sewer drain which services your premises is connected to a local sewer network, which can also experience blockages and sewer backups. If your home or business is being affected by a blocked sewer network, we can respond to minimise the impact to your premises from a blocked sewer drain. We will also work with your local water authority to solve the blocked sewer drain problem at its core in the local network.
The storm water drain
The storm water drain is connected to guttering and other surface drains to carry rainwater and other ‘clear’ water away from your premises. Also known as the surface water drain, or the clear water drain, the storm water drain carries water from your premises into a nearby public storm water drain which leads to a water source. Storm water drains can also become blocked drains due to a build up of materials such as leaves or tree roots, foreign objects, broken pipes, or a blockage in the local storm water drain network. A major issue is when storm water pipes are misconnected, and part or all of a surface water system is flowing into the sewer drain. This can cause blocked sewer backups and flooding, particularly during bad weather events or after leaf fall in autumn that clogs your storm water drain with debris.
We can diagnose any issues with your sewer drain, storm water drain, or plumbing system in general. Drainfast repairs blocked sewer Melbourne problems quickly and cost-effectively. If sewer drain pipes or stormwater drain pipes are misconnected or blocked, we can reconnect them for you to prevent the blocked sewer problem from re-occurring and stop you ending up with a burst pipe or blocked toilet. If you notice a blocked drain or blocked toilet, or slow moving water and you believe that the problem can’t be fixed with a plunger, you should call our emergency 24 hour plumber service as soon as you can. It may be the result of a blocked sewer backup, and it is best not to let blocked sewer backups progress too far as this is when they will create a hazard.
What creates a blocked sewer drain?
Many things can result in a sewer drain becoming blocked. As a sewer drain system ages, wear and tear can result in fraying of pipes and joints which can catch sediment and lead to larger build-ups of debris in your sewer drains. A loose joint or the invasion of tree roots can aggravate a blocked sewer drain and cause material to start backing up.
Small cracks are often present in aging sewer drain systems, and these are not necessarily cause for concern, we can usually fix a blocked sewer drain (even more serious sewer blockages and blocked sewer backups) without needing to replace any plumbing infrastructure such as sewer pipes.
Another major cause of blocked sewer drains and sewer drain system back-ups is the flushing or washing away of foreign objects. Food waste, such as leftover scraps on plates or oil from frying pans etc should never be washed down a kitchen sink or be left on dishes being cleaned by a dishwashing machine. These often catch in the pipes and create build-ups in your sewer drain, especially oil, which solidifies in sewer pipes and catches other materials.
It is often tempting to flush a sanitary product such as a wet wipe or napkin down the toilet, but we urge you not to do this as this will only cause a blocked toilet or blocked sewer drain. Your sewer drain system is designed only to deal with human waste, water, and a reasonable amount of toilet paper. Many sanitary products are plastic or cotton based, and do not break down to form the sewerage slurry which the sewer drain system is designed to carry. This leads to them becoming caught on the frayed edges of pipes or joints and causing a blocked sewer.
We urge all home and business owners to be aware of these basic facts about their sewer drain systems and to practice common sense with what they put into the sewer system. A good idea for businesses is to put a sign in the toilet which says not to flush any sanitary products, as well as placing a bin next to the toilet which can be used for disposal of these items. The same goes for domestic bathrooms; a bin is always the best place for material other than toilet paper unless a blocked sewer is what you are aiming for.
Clearing a blocked sewer drain
Soft clogs and minor blockages in sewer drains are relatively easy to clear. For example, a blocked shower drain caused by a build-up of hair and soap scum or a blocked toilet following the flushing of a large amount of waste are not as serious as a blocked sewer drain. Using a plunger and perhaps a home-made drain cleaning mixture such as those made from recipes on this site, anyone can clear these minor blocked drains and professional assistance may not be required.
Deep clogs, which have built up over time or are the result of underlying problems, can require the use of a drain cleaning tool such as those used by professional blocked sewer Melbourne and drain cleaning plumbers. If you have time to spare, you can obtain some of these drain cleaning tools yourself and do your best to clear the blocked drain on your own.
You can rent or buy these drain cleaning tools from hardware stores. The most common drain cleaning tool is a plumbing snake, which is a length of steel cable attached to a bladed head which can be rotated inside a blocked drain via a handle or electric motor. These can break up deep clogs in blocked sewer drains, but are not effecting at cleaning the sewer drain properly and can become caught on jagged edges. Professional drain cleaning plumbers will only use a snake once a full assessment has been made to ensure there is no risk of causing damage to your sewer system or the drain cleaning snake itself.
The second and preferred option for effective sewer drain cleaning is a water jetter drain cleaning machine. These machines consist of a hose and a fitted nozzle which sprays water at a pressure high enough to break up blockages and clean your sewer drain system without causing damage. A rear-facing nozzle serves to project the hose through the sewer drain system, making the water jetter much quicker to use then a drain cleaning snake, which must be fed manually into the blocked drain. You may be able to rent a water jetter drain cleaning machine and clean your blocked sewer drains yourself, but they are best handled by a professional drain cleaning plumber. We can use a drain camera in conjunction with a water jetter drain cleaning machine to locate blockages in your sewer drain and areas of your plumbing system which need targeted drain cleaning.
We recommend that you call our drain cleaning plumbers so we can use a water jetter drain cleaning machine, as this is much quicker and more efficient than using a drain cleaning snake and results in less cost to you. Not only is it quicker and cheaper, there is minimal risk of damage to your sewer drains or other blocked drains in your plumbing system.
Drain cleaning is our specialty, and we clear blocked drains and blocked sewers quickly and cleanly thanks to our equipment and experience, including our specialist water jetter drain cleaning machines. If you are concerned about a sewer buildup or blocked drain in your plumbing system, call us today so we can discuss this drain cleaning issue. It may be something you can fix yourself, but if not, we are on hand to serve you as the best plumbers for blocked sewers Melbourne.