MPJ Plumbing

Blocked Sewers Sydney

Do you have blocked sewer lines? Call our Blocked Sewer Line Professionals to unblock the buildup or debris that is causing blockages. Our plumbing professionals are also trained in sewer pipe relining so we can efficiently fix whatever problem you are experiencing.

What Are The Common Signs of a Blocked Sewer Line in Sydney?

A sewer line blockage is one of the most stressful plumbing problems you can encounter as a homeowner. It is essential to act quickly if there are signs that your pipes might be blocked as delays could lead directly to significant issues that could be expensive to fix. Even seemingly minor blockages can indicate a much bigger underlying issue. Call the Blocked Sewer experts at MPJ Plumbing in Sydney. Our professionals can assist you in determining the severity of your issue.

Listed Below Are Common Signs That a Sewer Blockage May Exist

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Water Backed Up in Your Toilet or Sink

One of the first signs of a problem with your main sewage line is water backing up in sinks and toilets. You may hear gurgling sounds or see rushing waters coming back from drains when you flush them. This means that an area near this plumbing has become clogged.

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Slow Bathroom or Sink Drain

Look at the drains when washing dishes, showering, bathing, or hand washing. It is not uncommon for foreign objects to clog the shower drain and delay the water flow. However, if a slow drain occurs in multiple areas of a home, you likely have a drain clog. 

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Bad Smells

You may notice a foul odour coming from your sink, tub, or drains in the basement if you have a drain obstruction. The smell could be due to a sewer line blockage where raw sewage is pushed back through pipes and into fixtures like showers and toilets.

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Flooded Yard

When water collects in the yard, it could be a sign that your main sewer line has been clogged and needs immediate attention. The sewer system is buried several feet underground, so you might not notice any problems at first. 

The Blocked Sewer Line Process Explained

Assess the Blocked Sewer Line

Allow our expert Blocked Sewer line team to check and investigate any signs of a blocked sewer line. We use simple tests to confirm the severity of blockage in your pipe system. We test all fixtures on the property to determine if an isolated problem exists. If visual inspections cannot locate the problem, then we turn to advanced CCTV technology may help.

Clear The Blocked Sewer Line

Once we've identified the cause of your blocked sewer, our team will use several techniques to clear it. We may use a simple plunger or chemical treatment for less severe blockages- but if things are severe, then we may use electric eels and jet blasters to clear the blocked sewer line.

Investigate and Detect

When the sewer line obstruction has been successfully cleared, a complete inspection will be conducted to assess its condition. Location equipment is utilised to pinpoint any cracked pipes that might fall and collapse under pressure. Investigating and detecting the issue can save you from costly repairs.

What Are The Causes of A Blocked Sewer Line

Blockages are commonly caused by foreign objects. For example, a child may be flushing toys, rocks, and other foreign objects down the toilet and causing blockages.

When you flush a wipe, it will not flow through the pipes. This can cause blockages and plumbing problems in your home. Flushable wipes do not pass through the plumbing system without causing harm – so refrain from using these wipes unless you want trouble with clogged pipes.

Toilet paper easily dissolves in water. However, if you have slow-dissolving toilet paper, it can get caught on your pipes and create an annoying clog over time!

Hair buildup is the number one cause of clogged sewer lines at homes. It causes slowdowns and backups that can lead to a host of other problems, such as overflowing sinks or tubs and broken water pipes from excessive pressure building up inside your house’s sewer line system.

Tree roots grow toward leaks in your pipes. When the roots find a leak, they invade the sewer lines causing water flow blockage and costly repairs.

Food scraps can cause severe problems for your home’s plumbing. Flushing food scraps will not only make you spend money on repair bills, but the buildup of food fatty acids and oil blockages could also lead to flooding in some cases.

Grease can cause a lot of problems for your home. When grease accumulates inside the sewer line, water cannot pass through and leads to an overflow from that fixture’s plumbing system.

Broken or damaged pipes are not always easy to find. You may notice a small leak, but it may take days before you realise there is a serious problem with your plumbing system. Most pipes burst without warning and cause extensive damage to homes everywhere.

If you notice that your water is coming out of the faucet differently than usual, you should check under your sink for any signs of leaking. If you find any signs of leaking, immediate action must be taken.

Tools to Use in Clearing a Blocked Sewer Line in Sydney

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Jet Blaster

High-pressure jet blasters are a proven and effective tool to use to clear blocked sewer lines. Jet blasters are perfect as a quick solution to clear clogged plumbing. They also prevent future problems by removing stubborn deposits that would otherwise cause obstructions down the line.

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Electric Eel

The electric eel is a steel cable with an attached cutting head that can spin through blockages in your pipes using motor power. The larger versions of this tool have been replaced by newer technology like jet blasting. Jet blasting is safer and more efficient. Smaller handheld electric eels are still in use and effectively clear up pesky clogs.

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Plumbing Chemical

There are several different ways to remove grease, oil, and hair from your pipes. One way is with chemicals that will clear out any blockages and keep the sewer line clean.

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Plunger

Whether you want to unclog your sewer line or rid your home of an odour, a plunger can be an effective tool to get the job done. By sealing off any leaks and pushing down on the plunger with pressure, you can flush out whatever might be causing problems inside a pipe.

Ways To Unblock Your Sewer Line Without Calling A Sydney Plumber

Blocked sewer lines can be a pain, and they are even more inconvenient when you have to call your local Sydney plumber. Luckily, there are less expensive alternatives that are just as effective. One of the most basic yet powerful sewer or drain line cleaning combinations available at home is the vinegar and baking soda combination. Vinegar and baking soda have been used for decades to clear clogged pipes. This solution is inexpensive and works quickly.

Need to unblock your drains? Try the following method.

  1. Prepare 1 cup of baking soda, vinegar, and 1/2 litre of boiling water. 
  2. Pour 1/2 litre of boiling water into the sink.
  3. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by vinegar into the sink.
  4. Wait for at least 10-15 minutes until the drain is cleared. If you want to get the best results, leave it overnight.
  5. To clear any debris, pour another 1/2 litre of boiling water.

Don’t spend a small fortune on an expensive drain cleaner. You may risk damaging your sewer system. This chemical-free vinegar and baking soda mixture is the best DIY option for unclogging sewer lines in your home.

Using a plunger with the vinegar and baking soda mixture may increase its effectiveness. Try adding vinegar and hot water into the toilet while plunging. If this fails, try an auger/plumber’s snake instead.

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How To Avoid a Blocked Sewer in Sydney

We’ve put together lists of the most common causes of blocked sewer lines in Sydney, Sydney along with steps you can take to mitigate them.

Sink strainers are excellent protectors of your drains. They allow only water to pass through, protecting your pipes from items that might clog up the drainage system and preventing larger objects like food waste in the kitchen or hair product residue inside the bathroom sink.

Oil and grease should never be flushed down a drain. Cooked, fried foods or animal fat can cause drain blockages. The oils get stuck in pipes because they become hard when they cool down after being heated by your sink’s hot water source. These fats also attract debris such as food particles and cause messes that are difficult to wash away without causing damage.

Toilet drainage systems were made to handle human waste and toilet paper but not other products. Baby wipes are thicker than most tissue types and lead to blockages if flushed. It would be best to toss these products instead.

High-pressure jet blasters are the best way to ensure your sewer lines stay clear. If you have terracotta pipes, we recommend jet blasting pipes every twelve months. These pipes are at higher risk of tree root intrusion than other types of metal pipes.

Tools to Use in Clearing a Blocked Sewer Line in Sydney

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Relining the Pipe

Pipe relining is a revolutionary process that repairs your sewer line permanently. Invented in the 1970s, it has evolved into one of the leading technologies for improving pipes. It can be done with minimal cost or disruption on your property!

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Pipe Replacement

In certain situations, e.g., when your pipes are too narrow for relining or have been through extensive wear and tear due to constantly running water, it may be necessary to replace them with new ones. The cost of this type of repair will depend mainly on how long you’ve had the issue.

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Back Falling Pipes

The term “back-falling” essentially means that the pipe is trying to flow uphill. Your sewer line needs adequate fall for gravity and pressure from waste or stormwater to wash away. If the pipe has too much incline, then blocked drains will be inevitable. In this case, you should replace affected areas so they do not cause further problems with blockages.

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Collapsed Pipes

When your pipes collapse, it is time to get a new set. You might think that terracotta is durable, but in some cases, these can break when exposed to water pressure or can get pushed around by children playing with them at home – which leads to one part of the pipe dipping lower than another. This causes an issue – if waste gets caught up inside these sections, there will be no way out except through relining, which is costly.

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Shallow Pipes

If you have pipes that are easy to access, a more cost-effective and efficient way of repairing them may be through traditional dig methods.

FAQ

When you need a sewer repair, call the pros at MPJ Plumbing in Sydney. Our quick and easy relining process will provide watertight maintenance without requiring a dig up of your yard or the installation of expensive equipment that causes more damage in the long run. The environmentally friendly resin we use is permanent, so there are no worries about future leaks. The resin also comes with zero flammability risks.

Pipe relining is a great way to get your pipes in good working order and can be done anytime – even if you are not experiencing problems. The new pipelining will mean that we only lose 0-1% of diameter each year with age. This makes it durable enough to last decades!

Trenchless Pipe relining in Sydney can be completed effectively when you use the services of a specialised company like Milbur Plumbing. The first stage requires that any blockages in the pipes be removed. We accomplish this by using high-pressure water jet technology, which has proven effective against many obstacles, including tree roots. Once completed and the pipes are cleared, they will be working as if they are brand new again!

During an inspection, we use state-of-the-art CCTV inspection cameras, which all trenchless pipe relining companies require. We insert our lining into the damaged section and allow it to set before curing quickly. Depending on the resin type used, this can take anywhere from two to four hours. The result is a solidified liner running through Sydney sewers, ensuring long-lasting protection against sewer blockages that will stay strong for, at least, another fifty years.