Blocked Drains Newcastle
There is nothing worse than waking up first thing in the morning to the smell of sewer or stagnant water from a blocked drains or pipes within your household.
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A blockage in your kitchen sink, bathroom drain or the drains in your outdoor entertaining area can not only be unhygienic but also a costly and disruptive experience. A blocked drain requires immediate attention and if not attended to quickly, could end up costing you a lot of money.
Our Blocked Drains Plumbing Service
If you suspect you might have a blocked drain in your home or business, it’s best to entrust a professional at Manariti Plumbing. Our blocked drain plumbing services include:
Clearing blocked drains
Removal of sewage blockages
Drain and sewer inspections
Jet blast 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 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.
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 a blocked drain 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.
Common Causes of Blocked Drains
There is nothing our plumbers haven’t seen in blocked drain, from foreign objects that have accidentally been dropped down the drain, to the build-up of hair, grease and other gunk. Blocked drains can easily be avoided if you understand how to guard against it, but sometimes using a drain cleaner won’t cut it so here’s what you need to know to avoid the problem. If you’re concerned about a 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 a blocked drain cleaner or home remedy 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 a blocked drain caused by hair by removing a small amount of hair out with gloved hands to avoid it getting worse over time. 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 a clogged drain.
Whether it’s children’s toys, food build-up, soap or sanitary items, the foreign object 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 keeping healthy unblocked drains, which means where possible, try and ensure your children don’t flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper. Toiletries should be disposed of into rubbish bins, just as people should make use of the designated sanitary bins when using public changing rooms and toilets. Dispose of food scraps and waste into your garbage or compost bin, and be wary of what might accidentally be dropped down your sink. While we understand that sometimes things do go down the drain and you cannot always have eyes on your children, the best way to avoid a blocked drain 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 item
Water drains are susceptible to natural debris like bark, twigs, roots, dirt and leaves from trees and shrubs. Regularly maintaining and keeping your outdoor area looking great is essential to the productivity of your water drains and pipes. Leaves and roots from trees are notorious for growing underneath in search of water so will usually head straight for your drains.
To prevent plants, leaves and dirt causing a blocked drain, regular upkeep of your outdoor area to to remove fallen leaves and debris is essential. If the debris and leaves are left long enough, they will cause a clogged drain and require the assistance of a plumber who specialises in blocked drain pipes. Other prevention methods include 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. Tree roots can be a significant issue and create cracks to the drainpipes beneath your home – causing blockages and leaks. Specialist pipe relining equipment can be used by a plumber to clear the blockage and provide long-term structural repair.
Oily substances will build-up overtime in the kitchen sink, causing a blocked drain if grease build-up is not adequately and regularly treated. Blocked drains and pipes from greasy and fatty substances are not uncommon and can be challenging to clear out. Repair isn’t simple because the greasy substances eventually build up to a point where no liquid can pass through because of residue sticking to the inside of the pipes. It is important to note that to fix this problem, you will need a professional plumber.
To prevent greasy build-up, avoid washing fatty ingredients down the drain as much as possible. To prevent this situation ever from happening, start collecting glass jars from food and spreads you purchase, and pour oil and grease into them and discard with your garbage.
During the wet seasons, flooding of drains will occur during heavy rainfall. Drains aren’t designed to withhold the impact of this type of weather, which causes the build-up of debris. 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 other 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 sooner will help prevent further build-up and potential flooding of your home and yard.
A common issue is water pipes breaking 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 of pipes, this is an issues that is hard to diagnose, and 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. To begin the diagnosis, the water flow valve will need to be shut off, a pipe repair clamp applied and have the damaged section replaced.
When your taps are only trickling small amounts of water instead of the normal flow you are used to; there is either a low water pressure or 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 cleaner.
A blocked drain pipe can be a costly undertaking if your pipes 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 which can lead to property damage (and cost you more money in the long-run).
A licensed plumber must always install your drain pipes.
Plumbers are specialised in this field and 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 a blocked drain
If you’re concerned about a blockage, here are a few signs to look for:
A 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.
A stinky smell.
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, or plants growing near your 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.
Drains that gurgle.
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 a blocked drain. Instead of trying to figure out where the blockage is and attempting to clear it yourself, call a professional plumber. That way you can be sure that it will be cleared quickly, in a way that will minimise damage to your drains and pipes. To clear blocked drains, plumbers may use several approaches depending on the cause of the blockage.
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 blockage is. They are then able to choose the most effective method of clearing the blockage, as not all methods will work for all causes. The most common causes of blockages are:
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. Some of 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 manoeuvre the blockage to remove it from the pipe. A high-pressure hydro jet is another option, which blasts away stubborn clogs that were not able to be removed using a hand snake or drain machine.
As mentioned, blocks 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 sewer pipes. 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 we discussed before, different attachments can be screwed onto the end depending on the nature of the blockage and what it’ll take to remove it. Note that this method is not suitable where the pipes are damaged from the blockage, as regardless, 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. Failure to do this could mean the rods actually come apart in the pipe, which would make the blockage worse! A lost plumbing rod usually means you’ll need to dig up the pipes to get it back, which is why it’s usually best to avoid this by consulting a professional.
Identify Location of Blockage
The approach taken by your plumber may also vary depending on where the blockage is. There are two common places you’ll find blockages:
Sometimes the blockage might be in the sink, bathtub, or shower fixtures rather than the sewer pipes. These blockages are easier to fix.
The old tried and true plunger is often the best way to remove blockages in this instance. Simply place the plunger over the blocked fixture’s opening and plunge (or thrust) it up and down rapidly, the suction created should help to dislodge the clog. If you don’t have a plunger, a mop could be used in the same manner. 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.
Larger sewer pipes usually feature manholes – specifically, a lid that can be lifted to provide your plumber with access to the pipe. This allows them to look down into the sewer and check for evidence of a clog. This is definitely a job for a professional, as it requires extreme care. Explosive gases can build up in sewer pipes, causing extreme injury if an unprepared person were to open 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 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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