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.