Sewer drain blockages: warning signs, causes and remedies

Sewer drain blockages: warning signs, causes and remedies

When there is a problem with the main sewer line such as damaged or blocked pipes, sewage and waste cannot be safely transported away from your home. Instead it can travel back up the smaller waste lines, contaminating your drinking water and spilling out from various drain openings. Being aware of what causes sewer line blockages and knowing the warning signs can protect your home from damage and save you dealing with major repairs.

Drain Replacement: What does it involve and how much does it cost?

Drain Replacement: What does it involve and how much does it cost?

Repairing a drain is always preferable to drain replacement. However, in some cases a drain pipe may be so badly decayed or damaged that replacement is the only viable option. There are a number of factors that can influence the cost of drain replacement, including how much pipe needs to be removed and the location of the pipes. This article looks at what drain replacement involves and some of the factors influencing the cost of repairs.

21 items that should never be washed down the drain or toilet

21 items that should never be washed down the drain or toilet

Some blocked drains are out of our control, such as those caused by old, damaged pipes or tree roots that have entered a crack in the sewer line. The majority, however, can be easily avoided. Drains become blocked when foreign items get washed down the sink or toilet. While your drains may be able to keep up for a while, it's only a matter of time until they get blocked - and repairs may be costly.

How to get rid of drain flies for good

How to get rid of drain flies for good

Have you noticed small, moth-like flies resting on the walls near a shower or hovering around the drains in your home? You could be dealing with a drain fly infestation. While these tiny flies are harmless, the sheer numbers in which they breed can mean they become quite a nuisance. Below are four simple suggestions on how to get rid of drain flies for good.

How to avoid blocked drains in your Sydney restaurant business

How to avoid blocked drains in your Sydney restaurant business

Running a busy restaurant is hard enough without the added stress of a blocked drain. Restaurants rely heavily on their plumbing systems to provide food and beverages and clean facilities for guests. When things go wrong with the drainage it can bring business to a standstill. Below are some methods for avoiding the most common blocked drain issues faced by Sydney restaurants.

How to unblock a clogged toilet

How to unblock a clogged toilet

Blocked toilets in Sydney are one of the most common plumbing problems experienced by residents and business owners. Pressing the flush button and watching the toilet fill up with wastewater can be stressful and embarrassing. Luckily, unblocking a toilet is relatively simple when you know what to do.

Is it time to get your drains cleaned by a Sydney drain plumber?

Is it time to get your drains cleaned by a Sydney drain plumber?

Consider all the food scraps, hair, soap residue and other foreign debris that gets washed or flushed down the drain on a daily basis. These items accumulate in your plumbing pipes over time and can cause a blocked drain. Getting your drains regularly cleaned by a Sydney plumber can fix minor clogs before they turn into a major issue.

Six signs you have a broken sewer line on your Sydney property

Six signs you have a broken sewer line on your Sydney property

There is a big difference between a blocked sewer line and a broken sewer line in your Sydney home. Most clogged sewers can be cleared quickly using high-pressured water jetters. However, if the pipe is sagging, broken or cracked the sewer line may need to be excavated and replaced with new PVC pipes. Below are six tell-tale signs of a broken sewer line.

Five easy ways to prevent Sydney blocked drains caused by hair

Five easy ways to prevent Sydney blocked drains caused by hair

Did you know that hair is a major cause of blocked drains in Sydney bathrooms? While it may seem too delicate to cause serious issues for your drainage, hair can get snagged in the sewer pipes and build up causing a blockage. Here are are five simple tools that can help keep your drains free from hair, soap, and debris.

Why you should never wash oil down the sink

Why you should never wash oil down the sink

Most people are unaware of the damage that cooking oil can cause drains. Throughout Sydney homeowners and hospitality establishments continue to wash fats, oil and grease (FOG) down the sink. While a small amount of oil may seem harmless enough, over time the accumulation of oil in drain pipes can lead to expensive blockages for both private and public sewer lines.

The simple way to clear a slow draining sink in your Sydney home

The simple way to clear a slow draining sink in your Sydney home

Have you ever been brushing your teeth or washing the dishes and noticed that the water is slow to drain? These kind of clogs are often minor in nature and caused by food scraps, hair or soap scum. The good news is there are simple DIY ways to clear a clogged sink so you don’t need to call in a Sydney drainage plumber.  

How does a CCTV drain camera inspection work?

How does a CCTV drain camera inspection work?

Drain inspection cameras have revolutionised the plumbing industry, allowing plumbers to see exactly what’s happening inside of underground drains and pipes without the need to physically inspect them. But how do drain cameras actually work? And what are the benefits for Sydney property owners?

How to prevent tree roots from blocking your Sydney drains

How to prevent tree roots from blocking your Sydney drains

Tree roots growing in underground sewer and stormwater pipes are one of the most common causes of blocked drains in Sydney. Drain pipes have everything that tree roots need - moisture oxygen and nutrients. Once inside, they will continue to grow until they form a huge impenetrable mass. But there are ways to prevent this…

World's largest fatberg on display at The Museum of London

World's largest fatberg on display at The Museum of London

Forget the royal wedding, if you’re in London right now take yourself along to see the ‘biggest’ attraction in town. The largest fatberg ever found, aka The Whitechapel Monster, is now on display at The Museum of London. It’s the first exhibit of its kind in the world, and while it may seem like an odd one, it’s a timely reminder that we are living in the age of waste.