A lot of people ask me “Aaron why is my sewer drain blocked”? There are various reasons for your drain to slowly clear away or even over flow.
If you live in a house which was built prior to 1980 in Adelaide there is an extremely high probability that your house drain pipes are constructed of earthenware/clay pipes. Over the many years of being buried in the ground these pipes begin to crack due to ground movement.
This can cause two problems,
Firstly if a cracked or broken piece of pipe is intruding into the drain it will allow debris - which comes down the drain - to catch on the sharp edges and clog your drain pipes.
Secondly after years of being in the ground the joints which hold these pipes together begin to deteriorate and moisture from the drain seeps out. Nearby tree roots sense this moisture in the ground and target this area and invade the drain. I’ve often found that after a long dry summer in Adelaide the number of blocked sewer drains I get called to is quite large due to the trees being very thirsty.
It is not always that I get called to a blocked sewer drain I often get called to help unblock a customer’s storm water drain somewhere in Adelaide - especially during winter when we have our first big rain people often notice if they have a problem.
Over the various seasons our storm water pipes are exposed to lots of different items which can cause them to block up ie: leaves, dirt, bird droppings and twigs. After a period of time these items settle in the drain and need assistance to help move them out of your drain.
At Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting I use some of the latest technology to clear my customers blocked drain pipes. A lot of people often ask will you bring out the electric eel or that metal snake machine to clean my drain? I let them know that I no longer use that type of drain cleaning equipment and that I now use a Hydro Jet drain cleaner. The hydro jet is a machine which uses water pressurised at approx. 4000psi and 31litres per minute to clear your drain. There are various nozzles which I can attach to the end of the hose to tackle any blocked drain. The great thing about this piece of equipment is that I can now clear drains sized from 40mm to 200mm with the same machine just by varying the different nozzles, hoses and pressures. Please have a look at the you tube video bellow for further information on hydro jet drain cleaning.
With some of my customers who have continual problems with their drain pipes sewer or storm water I have suggested to them that getting an internal view of what is occurring inside the drain may be a good idea. This is done by using a procedure where I use a water proof camera which is attached to the end of a cable which is monitored from ground level on a full colour computer allowing all surveying to be photographed and recorded in live time.
By doing this we can ascertain exactly where the problem is and what has caused it. Sometimes the problem is as simple as tree roots entering through a minor crack or a flat section or drain pipe which allows the debris to move slowly and in worst case scenarios the drain pipe has collapsed or severely broken away. Whatever the problem is I can always pin point it.
If you have a blocked drain and need some help getting it to clear please call me at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting 0429 361 819 or visit our web page all about blocked drains and also visit us at the yellow pages and see what other services we can offer you today.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.