Blocked Drain Plumber – Drain Cleaning Brisbane
Not only can blocked drains be annoying and give off foul odours, but they can also cause substantial damage to your home and present a serious health hazard to you and your family.
If blocked drains aren’t dealt with early, the risk of severe damage and health issues increases. Furthermore, if the cause isn’t identified and properly removed then blocked drains will continue to be a recurring problem.
It’s important to recognise the signs of a blocked drain and act fast. The Watermark Plumbing team are experienced blocked drain plumbers and we can help you to determine whether you have blocked drains and what the cause of the blocked drain is, clear the blockage, and work with you to prevent it from happening again.
Drainage systems in the home
Beginning with the basics, your home has two different drainage systems: stormwater and sewage drainage. . Your stormwater system ensures that stormwater is properly managed and removed to avoid flooding and other problems. It consists of a gutter, and downpipe, and a series of ground pipes that transport the water away.
The sewage system is a series of underground pipes that carry waste and sewerage from your bathrooms, kitchen, and other plumbing components away to waste treatment plants.
These two drainage systems are separate; however, both can become blocked by various different things. It is essential to keep both your sewage and your stormwater drains clear.
Causes of blocked drains
There are a plethora of potential causes of blocked sewage or stormwater drains. Some of the most common causes of blocked sewage drains include:
- Tree roots penetrating and possibly growing through the pipes. They can either break the pipes or continue to grow inside of them until they fill the pipe, creating a blockage.
- Bellied piping. Generally, this occurs as a result of the soil around the pipe loosening, which can cause the pipe to sag. Over time, waste can then accumulate in the pipe creating a blockage.
- Grease blockages. When you pour cooking grease down the drain it collects in the pipes and eventually solidifies, blocking the sewage drains.
- Flushing debris and foreign objects down the toilet, which clogs the sewer drain.
- Cracked, damaged, or broken pipes, or damaged or misaligned joints, which can occur over time as a result of several potential factors.
- Incorrect installation or faulty pipework.
Some of the most common causes of blocked stormwater drains include:
- As with sewage drains, tree roots penetrating and growing through the pipes can be a common issue.
- Leaves accumulating in the stormwater system.
- Dirt, mud, and debris getting into the system.
- Just like with the sewage drains, damaged pipes or joints, or faulty pipework can also be an issue.
Signs of a blocked drain
It can often be difficult to tell whether your drains are blocked, as sewage drains are hidden, and issues with stormwater drains often don’t reveal themselves in dry weather. However, it is important to know the signs so that problems can be rectified as quickly as possible.
Some of the most common signs of blocked sewage drains include:
- Sewer odours in the home
- Raw sewage backing up into drains, sinks, bathtubs, or toilets
- Slow drains
- Clogged drains
- Pools of water gathering around the drains
- Gurgling noises in the home
- Water backing up in the drains when the washing machine is in use
The most common and easy to spot signs of a blocked stormwater drain include:
- Foul smells around the stormwater drain connection
- Gurgling sounds
- Slow drainage of stormwater
If you notice any of these signs in or around your home, it is essential to act quickly. Whilst there may be things that you can do, we recommend calling an experienced blocked drain plumber like Watermark Plumbing to ensure that the problem is properly fixed.
Why blocked drains are a problem
As mentioned above, blocked drains are not only annoying, but they can cause damage to your home and present a serious health hazard risk to yourself and your family.
Harmful effects of blocked drainage include:
- Bacteria growth due to the stagnant water, which can cause viruses and contamination, putting your health at risk.
- Foul odours which are not only unpleasant to live with, but may also cause headaches, tiredness, irritability, and anxiousness in some people.
- Moisture and stagnant water can also attract mould and pests to your home.
- Slow drainage, which is a waste of time for the residents of your home.
- Burst and leaking pipes, which add another cost for repairs.
- Since water is no longer being directed to the right place, blocked drains may also lead to water accumulating in corners and cracks in the home, weakening the structure and foundations of the property.
How we can help
Our team handles all types of blocked drains, big or small. Once the drain has been cleared and the cause of the blockage identified, we can work with you to prevent it from happening again.
Constant, repeated blocked drains? Let us solve that issue for you. We have years of experience in locating the cause of a blocked drain so that it can be successfully repaired or relocated to prevent further issues. Watermark Plumbing has helped Brisbane residents with their plumbing-related problems for over 20 years. We always show up on time and leave the site hygienically clean and tidy upon completion of clearing your blocked drain.
When you need a professional blocked drain plumber, chances are you need it RIGHT NOW. Call Watermark Plumbing, your local family business for fast, efficient service.