Many home and business owners find it difficult to decide when to call a professional drain cleaning or blocked drain plumber. It can be tempting to try and fix a blocked drain problem yourself, but some drain problems require professional plumbing equipment and skills. We’ll give you a few cases in which you should definitely call a licensed and trade-qualified plumber immediately, as failing to do so can lead to the emergence of serious problems with drains and sewers.

Damaged septic system or sewer line

These are a major emergency plumbing issue which often cause an immense mess and health hazard. If you notice any problems with your sewer line, such as a blocked toilet or blocked sewer drain, you should call your plumber immediately in order to prevent any further damage and have drain and sewer repairs carried out quickly and cleanly.

Water heater issues

If your hot water service is leaking or broken, or the pipes running from it are damaged, you should call a professional plumber immediately. These systems contain unique components which may need to be replaced, and only plumbers have easy access to these components.

Low water pressure or high water pressure

Low water pressure or high water pressure in your home or business can occur as the result of many things. Incoming pressure from the municipal water supply may be low or high due to the location of your property, or blocked pipes. Water pressure can be fixed with professional tools and experience, not DIY intuition. We can install a pressure regulator if required, and repair any mechanical or structural issues that may be disrupting your water pressure. To prevent any unnecessary damage to your plumbing system from high or low water pressure, call a plumber to resolve the issue.

Leaking pipes or burst pipes

Leaking pipes are a serious issue which require an immediate professional response. They can be a symptom of more serious problems with blocked drains and blocked sewers, and will waste a large amount of water and damage the surfaces of your home or business. A leaking pipe could be a sign of an imminent burst pipe, something which you definitely don’t want to experience due to the likelihood of internal flooding. Call a professional plumber as soon as you notice any leaking pipes, blocked pipes or flooding coming from your pipes.

Installing new appliances and fixtures

This is always best left to a professional, as we can make sure it is done properly and prevent any leaks from developing. New installations must also be tuned in to your plumbing system so that they do not cause extra stress or water consumption. More complex items, such as sump pumps, pressure regulators, shutoff and backflow valves, water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines will definitely require professional assistance as a small oversight during installation can be very expensive in the long run. A licensed plumber is the only person approved to install these devices anyway and failing to do so will likely void any warranty you may have received.

Blocked drains or clogged drains

Blocked drains or clogged drains are among the most common and frustrating plumbing issues facing home and business owners. Lightly clogged drains can be fixed yourself using a natural drain cleaning solution or plunger, but more serious blocked drains and pipes place an enormous amount of stress on your plumbing system and will need to be attended to by a professional drain cleaning plumber. Our professional equipment and experience as licensed, trade-qualified plumbers will enable us to not only clear the blocked drain, but also inform you as to what caused it and give you advice so that you can prevent blocked drains or blocked pipes from happening again.

If you are unsure

If you are unsure about what to do in the face of a blocked toilet, blocked drain, or other plumbing issue, it is always a good idea to call a professional plumber for help or advice. We take every question seriously, and no drain cleaning or drain unblocking job is too big or too small. As drain cleaning plumbers, we are here for a reason, and that is to serve you in any way we can to make sure your plumbing system is functioning the way that it should.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Blocked Drain and Emergency Plumber quick and helpful links:

Melbourne Water
Triple zero – 000
Victoria State Emergency Service
VicWater
City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
Yarra Valley Water