Drains can block slowly over time, or can block very quickly depending on the cause. Sometimes they block so slowly over months and years that you don’t even realise that it’s happening – until it finally completely blocks and becomes an emergency. We are the professionals in clearing your blocked drains.
A blocked drain is something that most of us have experienced at some point, though that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. While large items can cause a blockage immediately, it’s more common that your drains are gradually becoming clogged.
When sediment, residual grease or debris accumulates over months and months, you may only notice the drain is blocked after the symptoms present themselves. Water leaks around the mouth of a drain, rising water levels in a toilet bowl, and of course an inability to get rid of water all point towards blocked drains.
Ignoring this early evidence is dangerous, as a complete blockage will turn into a plumbing emergency. Thankfully, our specialist blocked drains plumbers can swiftly perform repairs, so that you don’t have to worry about any stagnant water or foul odours.
How do Drains become blocked?
Blocked drains can happen for any number of reasons. The most common causes are:
- Sediment Buildup: Various particles can accumulate in your piping, diminishing the system’s drainage ability. Hair and cleaning products can cause issues for the shower drain, whilst grease and food can quickly clog up the kitchen sink. It’s important to periodically flush your system to avoid such buildup.
- Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG): Even though you’re able to pour oils down the drain, they don’t travel as water does. When fat, oil and grease cools down, it will solidify and prevent water from draining. Unfortunately, these substances can also give off bad smells when left untreated.
- Flushed Items: Accidentally dropping items down a drain, or attempting to flush non-degradable items down toilets will clog your plumbing system. In these instances, items may need to be physically removed.
In less serious cases, we will only need to access under-sink pipes or traps. However, it’s not always obvious what the precise cause of a drain blockage is. Our expert plumbers can isolate a blocked drain by using specialist equipment, such a pipe inspection camera, along with their years of hands-on experience.
How to clear blocked Drains
If you’re up to the task, there’s a few options for fixing a blocked drain. Firstly, you can try using a plunger, which works by creating a vacuum that pulls up any trapped debris. Secondly, a wire can be bent to shape and fed down the drain to physically dislodge a blockage.
Pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drain will create carbon dioxide, which will carbonate the water and encourage residual fat, oil or grease (FOG) to shift. Alternatively, dish soap and boiling water may be all you need to clear out blocked drains.
When to call the Professionals
If the problem persists after you’ve tried to remedy it yourself, it’s time to call for our local Sydney blocked drains plumbers. We assess your situation over phone before sending one of our fully-licensed technicians straight to your home or business.
We offer comprehensive plumbing services and plumbing supply in central Sydney and surrounding neighbourhoods. Our blocked drain repair services involve specific tools and equipment for quick and convenient solutions. We’ll leave you with a fresh, clean drain and no mess whatever.
If you’re struggling with your drainage, get in touch now for a friendly consultation. With trusted plumbing professionals, blocked drain or leaking taps repair is fast, affordable and entirely hassle-free.