The Federal Court has ordered Australian company, Pental, to pay $700k for misleading consumers about their ‘flushable’ White King bathroom wipes. The outcome has been welcomed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Water Authorities who spend millions of dollars removing wet-wipes from Sydney drains every year.
Water companies may be responsible for the public sewerage systems, but did you know that homeowners have an obligation to maintain the drains within the boundaries of their property? Despite this, most Sydney residents give little, if any, thought to the things they wash down the drain. If you've caused a blockage in your pipes, here are seven simple things you can try before calling the experts.
While a regular plumber should have the necessary skills to clear a blocked drain, they can’t all deliver results. When they don’t, property owners are left frustrated and out of pocket. Blocked drains are a very specific type of plumbing job and should only be handled by a specialist. Here are a number of reasons why should call an expert drainage plumber when things go wrong.
There are plenty of products out there claiming to be “flushable”. When it comes to the crunch, however, many of these products are not doing what they say they do. Instead of disappearing forever down the toilet when flushed, these items are clogging up toilets and sewers across Sydney, costing homeowners and Sydney Water millions of dollars.
Most Sydney residents don't realise that they have a blocked stormwater drain until it's too late. When stormwater drains flood they can damage your home and pose a risk to public health. Like most blocked drains, prevention is the best remedy. Here are the top ways to prevent your stormwater drain from getting blocked.
Sydney blocked drains can occur inside or outside of the home. While all blocked drains are inconvenient, it's clogs in the main sewer line (outside) that you really need to watch out for. A major blockage outside of the house can affect all of your plumbing fixtures and cause significant damage to your property. Here are the warning signs to watch out for.
Many plumbers advertise low prices for clearing blocked drains so they get hired for the job. Once they’ve secured it, they then add additional expenses to the bill such as call out fees, use of specialist machinery and hourly labour costs. It quickly adds up and you could end up paying much more than the initial price that lured you in.
Blocked drain cleaning products are made from strong chemicals such as sulfuric acid, potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients can be dangerous to your health, hence the warning labels that urge customers to wear protective clothing and to keep products away from children and pets. There are some eco-friendly options on the market, but how well do they work when it comes to clearing tough blockages?
Beneath the bustling streets of Sydney lies a complex network of pipes and sewers. Much of this network was built a long time ago and has been subject to corrosion, cracks and tree root intrusion. In addition to old age, Sydney plumbing is under attack from “FOG” - fats, oil and grease that has been incorrectly disposed of down the sink.