Blocked Drains

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With over 20 year’s experience, Sydney Emergency Plumbing is the blocked drain clearing specialists. If you’re struggling with a blocked drain, we can take care of it with our specialised equipment and clear the problem for you, all while providing a 12 month warranty on our work*!

Let Our Experts Fix Your Blocked Drains

Blocked or clogged drains are a big source of annoyance, but they can soon become a potential health hazard and a plumbing nightmare. With efficient and timely services from us to tackle your drain blockage, get it resolved the moment it occurs.

Blocked drains can happen for many reasons and can cause inconvenience, health issues, and property damage. Unfortunately, blocked drains are a widely observed problem for households that can lead to further issues down the track if they’re not taken care of. Here at Sydney Emergency Plumbing, we have a reliable and qualified blocked drain team of experts with all the necessary experience and knowledge to fix your clogged drains.

With an extensive experience of over 20 years, we proudly serve every Sydney suburb and offer you a 12-months warranty on our services!

Sewer Drain

The Common Signs of a Blocked Drain

Blocked drains can be an easy source of property damage and health problems for people and pets. However, diagnosing a blocked drain is not always a simple task because when the pipes are hidden within walls, underground or under floors, garden beds and concrete, there’s a lot that often goes unnoticed.

While a few plumbing problems like burst pipes or dripping taps are obvious, there are other subtle things to consider. The alarming signs of a blocked drain are:

A Foul smell

The first thing you may notice is an unusual and foul smell. In most cases, it is a sewage-like scent, making you wander into your bathroom and wonder if someone forgot to flush.

Gurgling sounds

Gurgling sounds signify the drained water pooling around and pushing against the pipe. If you see this, it’s often the case that there is a blockage problem.

Overflowing drains

If your drain is overflowing or you see the water spill back up, you face a severe blockage.

Slow draining

When emptying your sink or while taking a shower, you might notice that the water pools for longer than expected. Usually, the problem worsens rather than improves itself, suggesting that the blockage is growing larger.

What Causes a Blocked Drain?

Everyday use and flowing of the wastage water results in blocked drains. The common causes include:

Tree roots

Tree roots of trees and plants can disrupt your central sewage system. This is because the roots keep growing until they breach the pipe and cause a blockage.

Toiletries

Toiletries can also cause drain blockages. For example, you should not flush nappies, baby wipes and sanitary products down the toilet.

Cooking oil

You should not throw cooking oil into the sink, as it’s too dense to flow freely. Instead, it gathers and accumulates with food debris to cause a blockage.

Food scraps

Like cooking oil, even food scraps or remnants don’t belong in your drainage system.

Mineral Buildup

When minerals such as calcium build-up for a long time in your pipes, this causes constriction. Although this may not directly cause a blockage, it makes it easier for other types of jams to form.

Hair

When you shower or wash your hair, you’ll find that some of it drop out, mixes in with other substances, and becomes a significant cause of a blocked drain.

Natural Debris

Natural debris means leaves and twigs, including dirt and grit, can fall into your outdoor drains, especially when there are no gutter guards.

How to Clear the Blocked Drain?

Fixing blocked drains is pretty tough and will depend on what caused the blockage. We use the following technologies to clear your blocked drain:

RootX Treatment

Also known as a ‘tree root inhibitor’, RootX is a sodium foaming root control which is an effective and safe way to kill off the roots which are blocking your drains. It foams on contact with water to kill roots, prevent regrowth, and restore pipe flow.

Pipe Locating Equipment

A pipe locator is used alongside the CCTV camera to locate the point of blockage and provide possible solutions to the problem.

CCTV Camera

Putting a CCTV camera into the drain means we can easily locate the source of the blockage in your drain. We’re then able to easily plan what steps to take next to clear the drain.

Water Jetter & Hot Water Jetting Equipment

Sends a high-pressure jet of water into the stormwater/sewer line. Its heads can be swapped out for different uses (to break down roots or rinse debris, grease, and sludge away).

Electric Eel

We feed a metal cable into the stormwater line/sewer. We rotate this cable until it cuts the root growth and releases the debris that was blocking the line.

Pipe Re-Lining

The ultimate sewer, drain and stormwater pipe rehabilitation. A new pipe is placed inside the old one’s cavity in a process called Cured-In-Place-Pipe Inversion relining.

We push a liner through the existing pipe cavity that has been filled with a proprietary epoxy lining. As the lining winds through the pipe, it unrolls to the size and shape of the inside of the cavity and is able to adopt a new pipe within the old one. The epoxy is set in place to form a hard shell and leave behind a new pipe that is even stronger.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How to identify if my drains are blocked?

– There are certain signs that will surely tell you that you have a blocked drain. These signs are:

  • Water draining slowly
  • Bad odour
  • Gurgling sounds coming from the pipes
  • Overflowing toilets

If your toilet drains are blocked, this is usually a sign of the blockage being located there. This is the same for your kitchen. However, if all your drains are clogged, an emergency plumber should be immediately called as the blockage may occur within your sewer line.

What causes a blocked toilet?

A drain will often become blocked due to obstruction by foreign objects, such as food scraps, jewellery, soap, leaves, plants, tree roots, hair, grease or fat and toiletries. Any of these, and many more items, can easily create a block inside your drain. Also, the age and condition of the pipes can be a significant contributor to causing a blockage. The most common items causing blocked toilets across Sydney, according to a survey in 2021, are:

  • Baby wipes
  • Cotton pads
  • Sanitary products
  • Baby wipes
  • Toys
Why is my bath or shower draining so slowly?

If you observe the water in your bathroom or kitchen draining very slowly, it indicates a blockage in your drain. Slow shower or bathroom drains are often caused by a slimy build-up of everything that runs down the shower drain:

  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Dirt & Debris
  • Dead Skin Cells
  • Hair

Usually, homeowners do not have the knowledge or equipment to solve these plumbing problems. Therefore, it is better to call your plumber to handle your slow-draining shower.

Why are my drains making a gurgling sound?

– Gurgling sound is caused when something is preventing water or air from flowing through your drains. As the water slowly travels through your drains, air bubbles begin to form and create a gurgling sound. Whether it’s your sink, toilet or shower, even floor drains all can make that gurgling sound. The possible causes are:

  • Blocked Drain Line
  • Partially Blocked Drain
  • Completely Blocked Drain
  • Clogged Vent System
  • Damaged P-Trap
  • Issue In The Main Sewer Line
Why do my drains smell so bad?

If a foul odour emanates from one of your sink or shower drains, something is likely wrong, and in many cases, it indicates a problem with drainage. They are often the result of one of the following:

  • A sewer gas trap problem: A sewer gas trap or P-Trap is a part of the drain where the water is stored. Its purpose is to block gases from entering the pipe and into your home. If water is not moving correctly in the P-trap, usually due to leakage, the gases can enter through the pipe and into your home.
  • An organic build-up: These organic residues accumulate over time in the P-trap or the pipes. The most common elements that result in partial pipe blockages causing smelly drains are:
    • Hair
    • Toothpaste
    • Soap
    • Grease
    • Food waste
  • Sewer line problems: If you’ve noticed a foul odour from multiple sinks, this may indicate a broken or blocked sewer line.
Should I be cleaning my drains regularly to prevent blockages?

Cleaning your drains regularly can be your best bet to preventing any blockages and clogs. A significant blockage always starts off relatively small. Many individuals do not think about their drains until they have a problem. They usually put drain maintenance on the back burner. But, the best way to avoid drain clogs is to have your drains cleaned regularly.

Can tree roots block my pipes, and how can I stop them?

Trees should be planted at least 3 metres away from the sewer pipes to avoid root intrusion. If this is not possible and you still want to plant trees on the property, it is best to choose slower-growing trees with non-aggressive root systems. However, if trees are already a part of the property, they will most likely cause issues to the pipes. Again, regular cleaning is the best solution to ensure your pipes are always clear.

If roots have penetrated your drain, you will need to hire a professional plumber with experience in root cutting technologies. Unfortunately, tree roots are invisible enemies to your plumbing health. While DIY remedies like applying rock salt and copper sulphate are great temporary solutions, sometimes expert professional root removal and pipe replacement are only the best course of action.

How can I lower the chances of a blocked drain?

However, the essential thing is to remember that every time you use your sinks, ensure you do not leave food scraps or other residues as they will block your drains. To avoid drain blockage regularly, it is vital to ensure that any inherent issues with the plumbing network are repaired. Engage a plumber regularly to inspect that all drains are performing correctly. They always have the right tools and know-how to isolate the issue and apply the proper techniques to keep drains clear from foreign deposits. Staying informed and prepared can help you avoid all the unpleasant experiences that arise from blocked drains.

For fast, same day service, call Sydney Emergency Plumbing to have your blocked drain cleared TODAY.

As our name suggests, Sydney Emergency Plumbing operates 24 hours/7 days a week to service all of your plumbing needs. We use the latest technologies such as CCTV cameras and pipe locating equipment to locate the cause of your blockage fast.

For pipeline roots in sewer lines, storm pipes and septic systems, we favour RootX, a simple, cost-effective alternative to installing new piping *.
We ensure that we leave your property in the state we found it, committing to cleaning up any mess the blocked drain has caused, as well as disinfecting the area on completion.

If you’d like regular drain maintenance, talk to your Sydney Emergency Plumbing plumber about our regular maintenance program, a great way to keep blocked drains at bay.

A pipe locator is used alongside the CCTV camera to locate the point of blockage and provide possible solutions to the problem.

Also known as a ‘tree root inhibitor’, RootX is a sodium foaming root control which is an effective and safe way to kill off the roots which are blocking your drains. It foams on contact with water to kill roots, prevent regrowth, and restore pipe flow.

Sends a high-pressure jet of water into the stormwater/sewer line. Its heads can be swapped out for different uses (to break down roots or rinse debris, grease, and sludge away). 

 

We feed a metal cable into the stormwater line/sewer. We rotate this cable until it cuts the root growth and releases the debris that was blocking the line. 

The ultimate sewer, drain and stormwater pipe rehabilitation. A new pipe is placed inside the old one’s cavity in a process called Cured-In-Place-Pipe Inversion relining. 

We push a liner through the existing pipe cavity that has been filled with a proprietary epoxy lining. As the lining winds through the pipe, it unrolls to the size and shape of the inside of the cavity and is able to adopt a new pipe within the old one. The epoxy is set in place to form a hard shell and leave behind a new pipe that is even stronger.