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Got A Drain That’s Blocked? Why Call Any Plumber When You Can Have Sydney Blocked Drain Specialists?
We’re the plumber Sydney residence trust within the eastern suburbs when it comes to drain clearing issues for the past 10 years. We don’t just clear your blocked drain; we advise on the cause then provide solutions to maintain and prevent the issue from recurring. This makes us the # 1 blocked drains plumber of choice for all blocked drain repairs within the eastern suburbs.
Blocked drains are a common issue many people encounter, whether it’s your family home, investment property or business premises. From what may start as a small issue can quickly lead to something more significant if left unattended.
It’s important to address the issue whilst it’s potentially minor to prevent inconvenience and increased costs, thanks to our highly skilled team we can address the issue and provide options to best tackle the issue whilst on-site and avoid a Sydney blocked emergency.
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Hi, my name is Emily and I am the co-owner of proximity plumbing along with my husband William, Whilst William may be good at drain clearing it takes a woman’s touch to book the job in, as you can appreciate whilst busy on the road it’s impossible to take the time required to listen to your concerns. The first and most obvious question I always ask is whether you have a simple blocked drain, or overflow sewer outside, it’s important to know, is your drain clear outside as this will immediately determine the next best course of action required.
Sydney blocked drains are more common than you would think so it’s necessary to discuss options and solutions before dispatching a local plumber to your home. You would be surprised how much I know, and often I can provide some simple steps you can try before we attend. I’ve even created the chatbot on the right-hand side, so even if you don’t have time for a phone call you can reach out and I will personally respond.
Down below we have got to the liberty in answering some of the most common questions we often get asked, Why Are My Drains Blocked.
Why Are My Drains Blocked?
You wouldn’t believe how frequently we fined children flushing toys, rocks & stones which end up causing blockages
Tree roots love cracked pipes as they provide nutrients and ensure constant growth.
Build Up Of Grease
Cooking oils used in the kitchen daily are a major cause of clogs in the drains
Although often branded to be flushable, wet wipes don’t break down causing blockages
One of the most common causes within the shower and something often overlooked.
Too Much Toilet Paper
Manufacturers make toilet paper to dissolve easily in water, but often too much can overload the drain.
The unsettling of the subsoil structure supporting the pipe often causes misalignment and restricts the flow.
Food particles are a common cause of kitchen sink blockages, using a simple strainer can avoid 92% kitchen sink blockages.
Blocked stormwater drains in Sydney usually caused by lack of preventative maintenance such as clearing out gutters and storm water pits.
We come across a lot of defective installations from plumbers who take advantage that their work is often unseen.
Unlike loo, sanitary pads and similar items, are designed to absorb large volumes of moisture. instead of breaking down, they expand.
We come across a lot of defective installations from plumbers who take advantage that their work is often unseen.
How You Can Try Unclog Your Own Drain?
- Step 1
Good old fashioned boiling water
Put the kettle on Jan!
To loosen up any build-up of grime or grease, get that water boiling. Boiling water is a great first step to try and unblock your drain, and you can’t get more eco-friendly than H20. Best not to use boiling water on PVC pipes, only use on metal or ceramic pipes. For PVC pipes you can use plain hot water.
- Step 2
Baking soda and vinegar
Another excellent eco-friendly option. Start by pouring some boiling water down the blocked drain then pour half a cup of baking soda and leave for a few minutes before pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it sit and fizz up and hopefully clear out the residue that’s blocking things up. Finish with another cup of boiling water. You can read more about this method here.
- Step 3
Try a plunger
For those drains, sinks, or toilets with a physical blockage (something you know is stuck) it’s time to take the plunge and give a drain rods a go. Get those elbows pumping and use a plunger to ‘bring up’ anything that’s blocking the drain. Plunging can get messy to be prepared with some drop sheets or rags to clean up any mess.
- Step 4
Invest in a drain snake
A drain snake is a more invasive tool but can do the job of unblocking your drain quickly. For more stubborn blockages you may have to repeat the process multiple times. You can find these at your local Bunnings or hardware store under the blocked drain repairs section or drain service section.
- Step 5
Buy a chemical drain cleaner
At your local hardware store, you’ll be able to find chemical drain cleaning solutions which is typical drain unblocker. Please read the label and instructions carefully before use as they aren't a good solution to fix blocked drains Sydney lines that are not caused by oils, fats and hair. This product can be sourced as a drain cleaner Coles and drain clear Bunnings.
Who Is Responsible For A Blocked Sewer Drain?
The property owner is responsible for any blockages or problems in the plumbing systems from the sewer connection point up to and including drains and pipes in, under, and around your home. The local council or wastewater authority is responsible for the water meter, pipes, and drains leading away from the property. They take care of unclogging the main sewer line if problems arise. They also cover the stormwater network from your property boundary.
The Blockage Is Likely To Be In Sydney Water’s Pipes If:
The overflow is visible beyond your property boundary, e.g. From a manhole located on public land
Your neighbours are experiencing the same problem
There is widespread flooding in your local area
You’re experiencing a continuous overflow and you’re not currently using water on your property.
You May Be Asking What A Boundary Trap Is?
A boundary trap is a pipe that runs from your property, all the way to the main sewer line. It’s the last length of pipe that plumbers are allowed to handle before you need to call in a water services provider. the boundary trap creates a water seal between the authorities drains and property drains. It is the last point of connection that is raised to the surface and allows plumbers direct access from an owner’s private network to the Sydney water main.
Here Are Some Helpful Resources:
Wastewater Blockage Claim Form
This form is to be used to claim expenses relating to a Sydney Water wastewater blockage (choke). blocked drain repair
Collapsed Private Wastewater Pipes
Excavating a public road or public footpath to replace your private waste water pipes can be a Sydney Water responsibility.
A Case Study With Proximity Plumbing
Proximity Plumbing was called to a house in Bronte NSW 2024, after reports of a blocked drain on the front footpath, after attending site for a $0 callout we were able to investigate and then report to Sydney Water and were able to get it fixed for free
How We Work On Clearing The Blockage
Often our highly trained tradesmen can resolve a common blocked toilet, basin, or shower with drain rods to shift the blockage. More complicated blockages may involve our state-of-the-art high-pressure jetting system that operates at 5000KPA, which can cut through tree roots and other debris. For this reason this is the most common method we use to combat blocked drains Sydney siders experience and is our most successful tool for all blocked drain repairs we encounter
Once the blockage is cleared, we can then proceed to use closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage to identify the cause of the blockage. With our highly advanced locating equipment we can also pinpoint the exact spot above ground of the blockage, including the depth and direction of flow. This ensures if required, that only a specific area is to be excavated. As standard, we offer a copy of the footage on DVD as well as a full report at no additional cost.
On completion of the job our tradesmen will provide a detailed explanation of the underlying problem and can schedule serviced maintenance at a reduced cost for the future. As part of a scheduled maintenance plan, you will be entitled to discounts and free of charge advice at any stage. A scheduled maintenance plan can involve visits monthly quarterly or as required. *Discounts Do Apply*
4 Methods We Implement to Unblock Your Drain
You can’t go past the good old fashion plunger to force the block from the plumbing pipe. It’s the force of the push that forces air through the pipe to clear the clog sewers.
An electric eel is a snake-like device used to clear blockages in drains and septic systems. It is comprised of a coiled metal wire that rotates as it travels down a pipe. This is ideal for a small drain that requires clogged sewer repairs.
High-Pressure Jet Blasting, as the name implies a technique involving the use of high-pressure water to clean clogged drains. We often find this is the most practical way to address drain problems.
Used responsibly chemical and biological treatments are a useful tool in unblocking drainage systems, inhibiting root growth and melting body oils and alleviating a clogged sewer drain and eliminating drain problems.
As every job and situation is different so too are the tools we use in managing a Sydney blocked drain, some of the tools at our disposal include drain rods, high-pressure jet blaster machines, and electric eels. Once the drain is cleared, we use CCTV cameras and pipe locating equipment to identify the cause of the blockage.
Eastern suburbs clogged drains are usually caused by loose and undermined pipework, although we are blessed to live in such beautiful areas, most of the pipework is original Earthenware pipe (clay pipes) which are prone to crack and cause dislodgement. For this very reason, every blockage is treated differently, and the tools required vary for each job.
Why Choose Us For Your Blocked Drain Emergency?
Rest assured our Sydney emergency plumbers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your blocked drain emergencies. When our expert Proximity Plumbing crew attend your property to clear a blocked drain, we focus on 4 things:
Locating the exact spot of the blocked drain.
Clearing the drain so it becomes usable ASAP.
Determining the reason why the drain became blocked and provide advice to reduce the chances of it happening again.
Preventive maintenance every 6-12 months especially if you are surrounded by trees.
Unlike most of the work we do, a blocked drain is something you really have to rely on the ethics and honesty of the plumber you choose to use. A lot of the work we do is in the ground and thus you can see it. For that very reason, so many other cowboys out there take advantage and in turn portray most plumbers as deceitful and dishonest.
We have worked extremely hard to break that stigma and have a reputation of providing not only superior service but also honest solutions and options for addressing your blocked drains. Often there is more than one method we can attempt, and we prefer to inform you first so you can make the best decision and ultimately feel comfortable with the work we do.
Being a family run business who lives and breathes the Eastern suburbs means that we have a duty of care to look after our neighbour clientele. We want to be relied upon as the number one Sydney plumber of choice for the next 30+ years and thus go above and beyond to ensure our reputation is kept impeccable - don’t believe us check out our 5-star Google reviews.
How To Avoid Sydney Blocked Toilets
Having a clogged toilet is never ideal, but when you need an immediate plumber now for blocked toilets Sydney siders turn to proximity plumbing as we provide friendly plumbing advice before confirming a blocked toilet service appointment which can often avoid the need for a plumber at all. We have to stress the obvious, If your clogged toilet is overflowing it may be something you rather leave to the professionals as overflowing clogged toilets aren’t really that hygienic and can be a potential flood risk. Furthermore it may be something that a standard Sydney toilet plunger wont resolve and something better left to a Sydney blocked drain expert.
Tips To Avoid Blocked Toilets
Don’t treat your toilet as a garbage bin.
Only Flush the three P’s – Poo, pee, and toilet paper.
Don’t flush anything that isn't biodegradable.
Don’t overload the toilet with to much toilet paper.
Read our blog ( LINK ) for further details.
If Your Drain Is Blocked, CALL US NOW. Our Sydney Plumbers Can Find The Solution That Best Serves Your Needs.0420 102 394
Is There A Permanent Solution?
Sometimes the only solution is repairing or replacing the damaged line. Using an up to date Sydney water sewer service diagram and our advanced locating tools, we mark out the sewer line and come up with the most cost-effective and practical solution for a permanent drain repair solution.
Often sewer lines can run underneath a concrete slab, garden or driveway and digging this up can be expensive and inconvenient to customers. We have established methods that aid in avoiding high-cost exercises these include, relining
With our latest technology, we can use a two-part epoxy, which is pulled through the pipe and expanded to leave a hard fibreglass shell, which can’t be penetrated by roots. Although only relatively new to Australia, Relining has been tried and tested overseas for over 25 years and has a life expectancy of over 50 years.
Have One Of Our Highly Trained Staff Come To Your Place And Provide You With A Camera Inspection To Identify Any Problems Before They Occur.
Do Not Plant Any Of These Trees Within 10 Metres Of Your Sewer Or Storm Water Drain.
If there is one thing that we see demolishing pipes and plumbing systems around the eastern suburbs, it’s tree roots! Trees need water to flourish and they are experts at ‘sniffing’ it out. When they find it (usually in your pipes) they establish an elaborate ‘home’ of roots that wreak havoc on your pipes, drainage and potentially, your sewer system.
When the pipes finally crack, break down or are just too full of roots to carry water, you have a real plumbing issue on your hands! That’s when you call us, and we can investigate using CCTV to see how extensive the damage to your pipes really is. If there is a pesky tree that needs some maintenance, just who is responsible for it? Well, this diagram explains the boundary lines and when the tree maintenance if your issue or not
Illawarra Flame trees
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