The Ins and Outs of your Drainage System

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : December 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Many home and business owners don’t think twice about their drainage system until there is some kind of water-related issue. This usually manifests in the form of a blocked drain or a rusted or broken drain. In order to best prevent blocks and broken pipes, it helps to have some basic knowledge about your drainage system. Essentially the system is created to minimise the impact of flooding. Storm water is carried away to nearby creeks and rivers so floods can be avoided. Pipes are designed to be able to handle storms that occur throughout the year, however, there are some occasions where the system cannot handle the amount of storm water and blockages can occur. This why it is common for issues to arise after there has been a heavy rainfall. All drain pipes should be connected to ventilation pipes which are imperative as they prevent sewerage gases from entering the home. It is important to check this before purchasing a property as pipes that are not running smoothly can cause issues down the track. Our professional team has all of the equipment necessary to thoroughly inspect a drainage system in a home to ensure that everything is in working order.

The difference between sanitary and storm sewers

As previously discussed, storm sewers are designed to prevent floods by carrying storm water to nearby creeks, rivers or oceans. A sanitary sewer, however, is used to carry wastewater away from the home or place of business to a treatment plant where is can be decontaminated. Separate drains have been installed for many years for sanitary and storm water in order to prevent cross-contamination. Piping throughout a building is of different sizes for different areas. For example, a bath tub pipe is able to carry a lot of water whereas a laundry sink pipe would not be designed to carry that much. It is important to think about where waste is being carried to, and the size of pipes, when disposing of particular things down the drain. Common sense can then be used to establish what is suitable to flush down the toilet or to go down the kitchen sink.

When blockages occur

Even with more information on how a drainage system works, blocks can never be completely avoided. When a property is suspected of a block, it is important to call the professionals as soon as possible. This way further issues can be avoided. Our team here at Sydney Blocked Drains can use our state-of-the-art CCTV Drain camera to look inside your drainage system and easily establish the location of any issues. Once a blockage is discovered we can then remove it with our high-pressure water jetter. This allows any blocks to easily dislodge and will clean your pipes at the same time. If there is a scenario where a pipe is cracked, rusted or broken, we can solve this with no-dig pipe relining. This means that your property doesn’t need to be dug up so your gardens and concrete can remain intact.

At the end of the day, it is important to have knowledge about your drains and to use common practice that will avoid blockages as best as possible. On the odd occasion when blockages do arise, it is important to leave the task in the hands of the experts. This way you and your loved ones can get back to enjoying your property as soon as possible.

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5 Reasons it’s Important to hire a Drain Expert

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : December 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm


Most households with have a water-related issue at some point in time. In the case where a drain is blocked, needs repairing or needs replacing, a drain expert needs to be contacted instead of a general plumber. A general plumber instead focuses on installing pipes, toilets, fixtures and other related tasks. A drain expert is still a licenced plumber, but will only focus on the blockages, repairing and replacing in order to have single-pointed focus in their field. It is important to find the correct expert for the job as the correct experience will be needed, as well as the correct tools. These tools can include a CCTV Drain camera that is inserted into pipes to easily locate a blockage. Another tool commonly used by a drain expert is a high-pressure water jetter. This is used to dislodge any blockages easily and efficiently. Finally, it is common for a drain expert to offer no dig relining services, meaning that a pipe can be repaired without having to disrupt a property. For those who are still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why it’s important to hire a drain expert.

Experience in the field – Drain specialists are likely to have more experience in their field than general plumbers. Focusing on drains means that a drain specialist can quickly become an expert, and are extremely familiar with any circumstances that can arise. An experienced drain expert will have seen it all, and can quickly nip any surprises in the bud.

The correct equipment is used – As previously mentioned, there is specific state-of-the-art equipment that needs to be used when dealing with a blocked or broken drain. A drain specialist will not only have the correct equipment to use, but will be apt in using these tools.

It is fast fix – Because of the experience a drain specialist has, as well as their effective tools, it is more likely to be a fast fix. This is important as time is money, and of course, you want to be enjoying your property as much as you can rather than spending more time than necessary fixing issues with it.

Further consequences can be avoided – As a drain specialist is more likely to quickly fix a water-related issue, further consequences can be avoided. It is less likely that structural damage to the home will occur, and that insects will nest in stagnant water. It is also less likely that mould damage will occur. Avoiding any negative consequences that will incur more time and money, is why it is so important to seek out the support of a drain expert.

You can have peace of mind – One of the best reasons to hire a drain expert is that you will have that extra peace of mind. Our company here even offer a job satisfaction guarantee, so you will feel safe knowing that your property will properly be taken care of. Our job is to take care of any water-based issue quickly and easily, so you are again free to enjoy your home or place of business.

If you are looking for a drain expert to help locate a blockage, remove a blockage or fix a drain, you can call one of our friendly team members here at Sydney Blocked Drains on 1300 403 201 or email us at

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How to know if you have a damaged pipe

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : December 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Most people know what to look out for when establishing if they have a blocked drain. Things like an odd odour can indicate a blockage and let people know that action must be taken. There is, however, occasions where there isn’t a blockage but instead is a damaged pipe. It is important to spot the difference between a blocked pipe and a damaged pipe as the course of action required is very different. Instead of removing the blockage, the damage to the pipe must be located and then replaced or resealed. Leaving a damaged pipe can lead to bigger issues down the track, so it is important to diagnose when a pipe needs to be fixed. Here are some ways to know if you have a damaged pipe in your home or place of business.

The house is very old

If you are experiencing some drainage issues and you suspect a damaged pipe, it is important to look at the age of the property. Buildings that are very old may not have had their drainage systems replaced for many years and it may simply be time for an update. Where possible, it is wise to check what previous work has been done the property to establish if the pipes have been replaced or worked on in the past decade or two. If not, it may be time to get a professional out to investigate the quality of the pipes.

There are trees near the drainage system

A quick way to establish if pipes are damaged is by checking if there are any trees or plants near the drainage system. Tree root perforation is all too common and one of the leading causes of cracked pipes. Once there is a crack it is important to call out an expert, but a great way to prevent this from happening is by removing any trees or plants away from pipes. The pipe layout can usually be estimated by looking at the properties plans.

You live near a beach or salt water

A build-up of sand or salt-water can cause pipes to rust and erode. So, if you are someone living near a beach or salt-water it is entirely possible that your pipes are damaged. Chatting to a professional about how to best maintain your drainage system is a great way to prevent damage in the future, but in the meantime, it is important to have any issues addressed right away.

You are careful with what you put down the drain

If you are someone who is extremely careful with what they put down their drains, it is possible that the pipes are instead damaged. Of course, there are outside factors that can cause blockages such as leaves or dirt build-up, but if you are suspicious of a crack then enlisting the help of a professional is the next step.

There is a water leak

Finally, if you spot a leak near your drainage system there is a high possibility that there is a damaged pipe. It is best to turn off your water if possible and immediately call out an expert. A leak can lead to other issues such as the growth of mould, so it is important to address the issue as soon as possible.

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The Benefits Of CCTV Drain Inspections

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : December 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

A CCTV (closed circuit TV) is a drain camera used to perform full pipe and drain inspections. This is important as problems areas are often missed when a CCTV isn’t used and further damage can be caused. With this tool it is easy to get a clear picture of what is going on inside your plumbing system and the guesswork can be taken out of discovering and repairing a blocked or broken drain.

How does it work?

A high definition and waterproof camera, that is located on the end of a cable, is pushed down the drainage system to gain eyes inside the drain. The camera displays a live image on a monitor and is then used by an expert to thoroughly inspect the drainage system. Once the issue is identified, an appropriate solution can be offered. For example, if a blockage is found an appropriate course of action would be to use high pressure water to remove it. Alternatively, if there is a crack, then it can be easily fixed with pipe relining. On the rare occasion that new drainage systems are needed, we at Sydney Blocked Drains are also expertly qualified to perform this.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits of CCTV drain inspections. The camera can identify jammed drains, cracked or broken drains, tree root obstruction, squashed pipes, pipe deterioration, failed pipe-lining or foreign objects causing a blockage. Alternatively, a drain inspection can be used to map out the drainage pipes throughout a property.

As the camera is designed to quickly and effectively find any issues within the plumbing, an inspection can save a lot of time and money. It is easy to get on top of any potential issues ahead of time and problems can be rectified before they become any worse. An inspection is a great way to assess the condition of your drains, to give you an idea of what you are working with. Furthermore, any unnecessary digging or excavation is avoided, so lawns and gardens can stay intact.

One of the biggest benefits is that a drain inspection can offer a permanent solution. This again saves time and money but also gives you a peace of mind knowing that the job has been taken care of properly. Once a problem has been correctly identified, it can be correctly rectified, meaning that less issues are caused down the track and you won’t have to call out another serviceman in a weeks’ time.

Find a professional

When hiring a professional to help with your pipes and drains, it is imperative to find a company that offers a professional and qualified service. The team at Sydney Blocked Drains are licenced and highly trained in unblocking drains, pipe relining, repairs and new drainage systems. We do not perform general plumbing, so are extremely proficient in our area of expertise. Our approach is never to push extra work or services, so you can feel safe knowing that you are getting the best value possible.

If are you curious about CCTV drain inspections then give us at Sydney Blocked Drains a call today on 1300 403 201. Alternatively, you can chat with one of our friendly staff members via email at

Sydney Blocked Drains today – One Call, Unblocks Them All.

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Now Is The Time To Be Proactive With Your Outdoor Drains

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : November 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

With spring finally upon us, gardens around Australia are beginning to bloom, grow and become beautiful again. What many Australians don’t realise is that extensive growth above ground in your garden at this time of year also means an increase in size of the below ground root system of your plants. The underground root networks common to large trees and shrubs in your garden have the potential to cause unknown and serious damage to the outdoor drain network of your property.

Blocked drains in your backyard

Root networks can grow into pipes and cause blockages, obstructions and damage over time, leading to expensive and potentially invasive repair work on your backyard. So what can you do if you suspect a blockage in your backyard? Call Sydney Blocked Drains today for timely and cost effective drain repair work that will get the job done without damaging your backyard or hip pocket. At Sydney Blocked Drains, we are firm believers of the old adage “prevention is better than a cure”. So although we are experts at removing obstructions and fixing both indoor and outdoor drains, Sydney Blocked Drains will also work with you to prevent any further drainage problems from occurring on your property in the future.

Why do tree roots seek out pipes?

A tree root can grow out of control extremely quickly, and will naturally seek sources of water to feed the growing bush or tree it is supporting. Pipes and sewer drains are easy sources of water for root networks, which is why outdoor sewer networks can unknowingly become a target of a rapidly growing root system. Identify trees in your yard and be aware of where your sewer pipes are as an easy way to prevent damage to your outdoor plumbing. An annual check up of your outdoor drains in spring each year is also highly recommended to ensure that no plants have encroached on your sewer network and caused any damage or potential obstructions.

So how can you tell if your outdoor sewer drains are blocked?

Some common symptoms include:

– A musty, dank or sulphurous (rotten egg like) smell in and around the area

– Toilets that aren’t flushing properly

– Water coming up the shower drain or other low drainage areas after flushing the toilet.

Blocked sewer drains are a serious health hazard to you and your family, and should be fixed and repaired as quickly as possible. Without timely repair, a blocked sewer will not only cause damage to your property, but can also damage neighbouring properties and the wider street area.
Don’t panic or make yourself extremely unpopular with your neighbours! Call Sydney Blocked Drains for 24 hours per day, 7 days per week rapid response to blocked drain emergencies in the wider Sydney metropolitan area. Our expert team of qualified drain technician plumbers are on hand to handle any of your outdoor blocked drain concerns. Trust the professionals at Sydney Blocked Drains to get the job done on time, every time, with no fuss or mess left for you to deal with. We treat your house like our home, and can’t wait to help you today.

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How Does Pipe Relining Work?

Post by : admsydneyblockeddrain | Post on : November 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

Pipe relining refers to the use of materials such as polyester, epoxy and resin to reinforce broken pipes and repair damage. This process can make the broken pipe much stronger and prevent further damage and breakage over time. At Sydney Blocked Drains, our plumbers are experts at the latest pipe relining techniques, and use superior technology and procedures to mend broken pipes quickly, safely and cost efficiently. We treat your house like our home – and will always ensure that the job is completed to the highest possible standard.

Sydney home owners seek out and trust pipe relining services to make sure that both their indoor and outdoor pipes do not decay easily and can withstand the test of time. Several engineering studies have found that pipe relining can extend the life of average PVC pipes considerably; even up to 50 years or more. So how does the pipe relining process work? Allow our expert team of plumbers at Sydney Blocked Drains to take you through and give you a little insight into the pipe relining process:

Our team will conduct a thorough investigation of the area
Firstly, our plumbers will conduct a thorough assessment of the broken or damaged pipes, as well as the surrounding area. Prior to going ahead with the job, our team will make sure that it is safe to go ahead without causing further damage to the pipe. Using cameras small enough to fit in and around the tight pipe angles, we will locate the site of the issue exactly so we know exactly how to proceed.

Removal of the pipe obstruction/s
After locating the site of the issue using our miniature cameras, our team will then utilise a variety of tools to safely and quickly remove any blockages in the pipes and pave the way for the application of the relining resin.

Preparation for lining the pipes
After removing any blockages, the Sydney Blocked Drains team will then measure and prepare the pipes and materials used for lining.

Applying and cooling the lining coat
Our plumbers will then proceed with applying the resin mixture to all of the interior area of the pipe. This resin will cool and set on its own, however the process is usually quickened by using cool water to set the resin in a shorter amount of time.

Finally, our team will scrape off any excess lining and make sure the finish is perfect.
And voilà! The pipe is repaired and ready to withstand the test of time, stronger and more durable than ever before.

So what are you waiting for? Call the friendly team at Sydney Blocked Drains today for fast, effective and affordable pipe relining services that won’t hurt your hip pocket. Our team take great pride in getting the job done correctly and in a timely manner every job, every time. We’ll even make sure your home or backyard is spotless after we finish. Call us today for an obligation free quote and assessment.

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