Blocked Drains Newcastle
There is nothing worse than waking up to plumbing problems! Drain blockages can take a turn for the worst quickly – get a professional drain plumber in clear blocked drains or pipes.
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A drain blockage in your kitchen sink, bathroom or the drains in your outdoor entertaining area can be unhygienic, costly and disruptive. Blocked drains require immediate attention and if not attended to quickly, could end up creating other plumbing problems and cost you a lot of money.
Our Blocked Drain Services
If you suspect you might have blocked drains in your home or business, it’s best to entrust a professional drain plumber at Manariti Plumbing. Our plumbing solutions and blocked drain services include:
Clearing drain blockages
Removing blockages from sewer lines
Drain and sewer inspections
Jet blasting plumbing to remove blockages
Blocked Sewer Problems
Septic and sewer problems are amongst the most commonly encountered domestic, commercial and industrial plumbing jobs. A damaged, blocked, or clogged sewer drain or septic system can stop toilets and other fixtures from working properly. When water builds up in the system due to a blockage, it can even start to flow back out through the lowest point of your plumbing system, such as floor drains. If you don’t have floor drains, then material may flow back up through the bathtub drain, shower drain, or toilet, as these are the next lowest fixtures in your plumbing system. Due to heavy use, sewers are prone to a variety of problems, the most common of which is blocked drains and drain pipes.
Sewer drains are the most important element of modern plumbing systems, as they remove hazardous waste material from our buildings and ensure that the clean water supply is not polluted with waste particles.
If you suspect sewer issues, contact us today for an inspection!
What causes blocked drains?
Blocked drains are nasty and there is no way you can sugar-coat the situation. A blocked drain pipe is more than an inconvenience, it’s a health risk to you and your family. For example, there are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in your kitchen drain alone and if you have a blocked drain, that bacteria laden water is now coming into your home, along with some pretty foul odours. Having blocked drains is a nuisance every home owner will experience at least once during their lifetime, and it’s not something you want to leave because there’s a good chance it will bring along health issues too.
If you need to clear a blocked drain, contact a professional drain plumber at Manariti Plumbing!
Common Causes of Blocked Drains
There is nothing our plumbers haven’t seen in blocked drains, from foreign objects that have accidentally been dropped down the drain to hair, grease and other gunk. Blocked drains can easily be avoided if you understand how to guard against it, but sometimes using drain cleaners won’t cut it so here’s what you need to know to avoid the problem. If you’re concerned about a drain blockage, here are a few signs to look for:
As a plumbing service, it’s not uncommon for us to see these issues daily. Most times it’s a relatively easy task that can be handled by the homeowner by using drain cleaners or home remedies or simply removing the hair. Problems start to form when it’s not cleared up straight away. With hair falling off the body into the shower or while getting ready over the sink in the bathroom, it is one of the most common causes of a blocked drain.
You can prevent blocked drains caused by hair by removing a small amount of hair out with gloved hands. To remove hair from your drain before it becomes clogged, cleaning devices such as drain spiders can be used. However, it’s essential to be mindful of what you use, because some tools and cheap hair removal chemicals, make the issue more problematic. It’s imperative to remove the hair when you see it to avoid clogging drain pipes.
Whether it’s children’s toys, food scraps, soap or sanitary items, foreign objects can quickly cause blockages. There is an array of materials that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet or put down a drain – nappies and wipes are the two biggest causes of blocked drains – and can result in blockages like the infamous ‘fatberg‘.
Avoidance is the key to healthy drains, so where possible, try to ensure nothing is flush down the toilet other than toilet paper. Toiletries should be disposed of into sanitary bins and dispose of food scraps and waste into your garbage or compost bin – be wary of what might accidentally be dropped down your sink. While we understand that sometimes odd things do go down the drain, the best way to avoid blocked drains is by being mindful of what you’re disposing of and where.
If your drain has already been affected by incorrect disposal methods and you believe foreign objects are causing one or more blocked drains, it is essential to contact your qualified local plumber to repair your blocked drains. Measures should then be taken for proper disposal of any food waste, unwanted items, toiletries and sanitary items.
Water drains are susceptible to natural debris like bark, twigs, roots, dirt and leaves from trees and shrubs. To prevent plants, leaves and dirt causing blocked drains, regular upkeep of your outdoor area is essential. If the debris and leaves are left long enough, they will require the assistance of a plumbing specialists to clear blocked drains.
You also have to be mindful of roots from trees, which are notorious for growing into pipes in search of water and can result in damaged or broken drains. Using a CCTV camera we can ascertain damage and if you need pipe relining. You can try and prevent this by keeping your trees well-watered, so they aren’t drawn to drains looking for moisture, and avoid plants that clog drains where possible, including; oak trees, willow trees, magnolias, palm trees, gum trees and boxwood shrubs. If you do end up with damaged or broken drains, we have specialist pipe relining equipment to clear the blockage and provide long-term structural repair.
Oily substances will build up overtime in drains, causing blocked drains if it’s not adequately and regularly treated. Blocked drains and pipes from greasy and fatty substances are not uncommon and can be challenging to clear out. To fix this problem, you will need a professional with experience in professional drain cleaning. To prevent greasy building up, avoid washing fatty ingredients down the drain as much as possible.
During the wet seasons, drain flooding occurs during heavy rainfall. Drains aren’t designed to withhold the impact of this type of weather, which moves excessive amounts of debris into drains. When gutters and down-pipes overflow with rainwater, there is a good chance you have a blocked drain and it needs clearing out.
To avoid this issue during the wet season, prepare your drains by clearing out leaves and debris from gutters and drain entrances, as they will cause significant blockages if left to accumulate over time. Usually, a plumber will be required to unclog blockages and remove wastewater caused by heavy rain and storms. Contacting your local plumber for a home inspection will help prevent potential flooding of your home and yard.
Broken pipes is a common plumbing problem due to tree roots and general wear and tear. Compared to intact pipes, fractured pipes are more susceptible to blockages. Given the lack of visibility, it’s difficult to know if you have broken pipes. An even more significant issue is the lack of space to inspect the compromised pipes adequately.
If you believe that you have had fractured or broken pipes, you must contact a qualified plumber so they can use professional leak detection equipment to check the pipes. The plumber will also check your home for any water staining on the ceiling, which is a leading problem caused by broken pipes. Plumbing repairs involve shutting off the water flow valve, applying a pipe repair clamp and having the damaged section replaced or relined.
When your taps are only trickling small amounts of water instead of the normal flow, there is either low water pressure or a flow issue occurring. While not always in the water pipes, it is possible it’s a sign of sediment build up. When water flows through your pipes, it carries dissolved minerals that deposit on metal surfaces which clog shower heads or taps and reduces water pressure.
The best drain cleaner solution to this issue is to clean shower heads in an overnight vinegar solution to remove deposits and sediments. If this isn’t successful, you will require the assistance of your local plumber who will have professional grade drain cleaners.
Blocked drains and pipes can be a costly undertaking if they have been installed poorly. While installing your pipes yourself can save you money, it isn’t ideal and is definitely not recommended, as incorrectly installed pipes can lead to issues including bad water flow, blockages, water leaks and fractured pipes, possibly even property damage. This will cost you more over time. A licensed plumber must always install your drain pipes.
Plumbers specialists understand how to ensure everything is laid both underground and in your walls correctly so that everything flows and blockages are reduced, preventing damage to your plumbing systems and property. If you have already installed pipes and are experiencing issues, have a plumber inspect the pipes and give you recommendations for a healthier drainage system.
Signs of Blocked drains
If you’re concerned about a blockage, here are a few signs to look for:
Slowly draining sink or bathtub
A slow drain can be the first sign of a problem. This often happens when they diameter of the pipe is constricted by a thickening layer of grime and soap, of because of a blockage somewhere in a pipeline.
An unpleasant smell can come before a slow drain, potentially, but is a sign of a problem. It could be caused by several things: rotten food in a kitchen sink or drain, even a small rodent in another area of the drain and sewer system connections.
Water on your lawn/plants growing near sewer line
This is a little different from the other signs, as those occur inside the home and these are obvious outside. If you have found a puddle in your lawn, you’ll want to have a professional come in to evaluate the drain and take action to remove the clog or damage from the sewer line. Foliage and trees growing near the sewer line can create big problems because the root systems can damage the sewer and water lines underground.
Toilets that back up instead of flush
These blockages are often caused by too much toilet paper going down, or more commonly, the wrong things being flushed down the toilet (like a small child’s toy or female sanitary products). This is serious because the item blocking the drain could damage the pipeline, or lead to damage to your bathroom as the water comes out of the bowl. If a plunger doesn’t help, you should probably call a professional to examine the pipes and drain system.
The gurgling noise means that air is trapped somewhere in the plumbing. This could be caused by buildups in the drain, like grease, food, and oil. Food deposits may not always be easy to remove with drain cleaner – sometimes a professional’s high-powered tools, like a hydro-jetter, can sometimes improve the interior of the pipe at the same time as they remove the clog causing the problem. Damage to the sewer line could be another reason for gurgling in a drain. This issue is far more serious than a clog, and usually requires a professional to safely fix the problem. Yet another reason for gurgling noises in a drain is a blockage in the vent pipe that attaches to the drain pipe and goes to the roof to let sewer gas escape the system. If these are not taken care of, you could find that sewer backs up into the drain system.
How Do Plumbers Clear Blocked Drains?
If you notice any of these signs, it’s likely you have one or more blocked drains. Instead of trying to figure out where the blockage is and attempting to clear it yourself, call a professional plumber.
Identify the Cause of the Blocked Drain
To identify the cause of the blockage, generally a video snake inspection system is used, which allows the plumber to work out where and what the blocked drain is. Common causes of blockages are:
Damage From Tree Roots
If your blocked drain is being caused by tree roots growing into the pipe, there are a number of tools that can be used to unclog it. The most common include hand snakes for smaller blocks and drain machines for larger blocks. These consist of bendy cables which are fed through the pipes to the blockage. An attachment on the end of the cable allows your plumber to cut, scrape, or maneuver the blockage to remove it from the pipe. A high-pressure jet is another option, which blasts away stubborn clogs that were not able to be removed using a hand snake or drain machine.
Foreign Body Blockage
A blocked drain can commonly be caused by people putting things down the sink or toilet that they shouldn’t be. In this case, plumbing rods can be used to remove blockages from your drains. They are extendable and can be screwed into one another to create a rod that is long enough to reach the blockage, wherever it is in the pipe. Like the hand snakes and drain machines, different attachments can be screwed onto the end depending on the nature of the blockage. Note that this method is not suitable where the pipes are damaged from the blockage, as the pipes will need replacing, which calls for a professional.
If you do decide to give plumbing rods a go yourself, always make sure they have been screwed together properly and in the correct direction. Otherwise, the rods can come apart in the pipe and make the blockage worse! A lost plumbing rod could mean digging up the pipes to get it back, which is why it’s best to avoid this by consulting a professional.
Identify the Location of A Blocked Drain
The drain clearing approach taken by your plumber may also vary depending on where the blockage is. Common places you’ll find blockages:
Sometimes the blockage might be in the sink, bathtub, or shower fixtures rather than the sewer pipes. This type of blocked drain is easier to fix.
The classic plunger is often the best way to remove blockages in this instance. Simply place the plunger over the blocked fixture’s opening and plunge it up and down rapidly, the suction created should help to dislodge the clog. If this doesn’t work though, the blockage will need to be located through an inspection opening and removed with drain rods – best to call a professional plumber in this case.
Sewer Line & Pipes
Larger sewer pipes usually feature manholes which is used to access to the pipe. An experienced plumber can use the manhole to check for evidence of a clog and is definitely a job for a professional, as it requires extreme care. Explosive gases can build up in sewer pipes, which is risky if an unprepared person opens the lid. For this reason, if you do decide to ignore this advice and open it yourself, always stand back and wait a few minutes after opening so that any explosive gases can escape. Secondly always wear protective equipment and breathing apparatus if you choose to enter the manhole. Seriously though, this is a plumbing job for a professional.
Instead of manholes, some sewer pipes feature inspection openings, which are plastic or cement caps on top of a length of pipe. These may be above or below ground. If you do decide to go digging in search of then, always get a copy of the sewer pipe plans from council or your local wastewater authority, as hitting the pipe wrong could be disastrous.
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