Blocked drains are a fairly common plumbing issue that home owners encounter. There can be many causes of these blockages, the most common is pesky tree roots.

Drains can become blocked at any time and, if left unresolved, can cause damage to your property. Our reliable 24-hour service is often use to clear blocked drains, so if you have a blockage please do not hesitate to call us on 5492 8477 at any time of the day or night.

We are fully equipped to deal with blocked drains – whether your drain needs a simple plunge, clearing with a hydro jetter or excavated and repaired, we will be able to help you.

What is a Hydro Jetter?

You may be familiar with the using of snakes, which simply pushes through clogs deep into your pipes using the path of least resistance. The problem with using snakes is that they only create openings through the clogs without fully cleaning up build-up in the pipes that are causing the clogs. This is where hydro jetter technology comes in.

Hydro jetting uses water pressure and water volume to thoroughly remove blockages from the walls of your pipes. Once the hydro jetter has cleared your drain, you won’t have to worry about another quickly formed clog.

What Has Caused Your Blockage?

Once cleared, our plumbers will use a high quality RIDGID drain camera to inspect and take images of your drain. We’ll be able to let you know the cause of the blockage.

If there is a break in the pipe, we’ll be able to let you know exactly where the break is.

We can also dig up the drain and repair it, or provide you with a quote for this to be done.

Blockages Caused by Tree Roots

Tree roots are one of the most common causes of blocked drains.

Here are some images that we’ve taken of blocked drains:

We own a Kubota 1.7 tonne excavator, which makes repair of blocked drains quick and easy.

Here are some photos of a recent blocked drain that we located, excavated and repaired.

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We will always leave you property clean and tidy – you may not even realise that we’ve been!

Tips for Clearing Blocked Drains Yourself

If your kitchen sink is blocked, it could be due to a build up of fat.

You can try pouring a pot of boiling water into the drain. In many cases, this is enough to loosen or dissolve the blockage without having to resort to more drastic measures.

Only use this method on metal or ceramic pipes, as the heat can loosen joints on PVC pipes. For PVC pipes, use hot, not boiling, tap water instead.

This method can be effective on grease or food build up, but it is unlikely to work for solid blockages.

You can create your own drain cleaner using bicarb soda (baking soda) and white vinegar.

Simply pour the bicarb into the drain, followed by the vinegar. Cover the drain to prevent the mixture from bubbling out of the pipe.

The chemical reaction between bicarb and vinegar produces oxygen, which scours the inside of the pipes, clearing them out.

You may need to repeat the process a few times to get rid of the blockage entirely. Once the mixture has worked its way through the blockage, flush your pipes with hot water to remove any remaining residue.

A plunger can clear a blocked drain just as it can clear a clogged toilet.

Be sure to cover any overflow spouts before you begin plunging so you can get a strong seal.

The up-and-down pressure created by the plunger can help to loosen any blockages so your pipes can flow smoothly once again.

Plunging is most useful for solid blockages, but it is not very effective on grease build up.

Tips to Avoid Blocked Drains

  • Remove any trees and plants with invasive roots
  • Choose tree and plants with shallow / non-invasive root systems
  • Make sure fat, oil, grease, food waste and wax go in your rubbish bin and not down your drain
  • Only flush toilet paper down your toilet, and no other products
  • Put strainers in all of your drains to catch hair and food