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BLOCKED DRAINS

Do you have a blocked drain?

Plumb Perth is your go-to plumber for all plumbing needs, including blocked drains. Blocked drains can eventually lead to further damage, including burst pipes, leaking fixtures, and more. 

What causes a blocked drain?

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Tree Roots

As pipes contain a constant water source, tree roots love to find their way into the pipe and cause a blockage! Unfortunately, tree roots are often one of the more challenging fixes and often require a strong blast of water by a jetter to cut through the roots, essentially giving the roots a haircut. In more serious cases, a section of the drain might need to be excavated and replaced to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.

At Plumb Perth, we recommend proceeding with a camera inspection to find the most effective solution to prevent the tree roots from blocking the drains again.

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Grease or fat

While we all try not to consciously put oils and fats down the drain, sometimes small amounts can work their way into the pipes through washing the dishes. For smaller amounts, a plunger or boiling water can do the trick, but if you don’t get onto a solution quickly, the fats will slowly build up and ultimately block the drain.

When the build-up is too much and requires external intervention, Plumb Perth can bring the equipment needed to unblock it on the spot.

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Hair

If you have as much hair as some of our staff members (we’re looking at you, Samantha), hair can commonly block sinks and showers from just day to day use. Chemicals can be used to break down the hair, or for more serious cases, it will need to be cut out using the jetter.

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Foreign Objects

Whether the kids have decided to see which toys will flush down the toilet or an item has gotten lost down the drain, sometimes these will get lodged in the pipes and require flushing out with stronger power, such as a jetter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if I have lost something important down the drain?

If you are trying to retrieve an important item, such as a wedding ring, stop all running water to decrease the chances of it ending up in the main sewer line. If it’s in the sink, you might be lucky enough to catch it before it passes the trap, in which case it can be taken apart and retrieved.

Can I fix a blocked drain myself?

If the blockage is not serious, it might not require a plumber to fix it! Some short-term solutions include plunging, boiling water with detergent, and bicarbonate soda mixed with vinegar. If you suspect the damage is more permanent, give Plumb Perth a call to inspect it for you and provide a permanent solution.

How much will it cost to unblock a drain?

The price for unblocking a drain can vary depending on the type of blockage, as there are many solutions our plumbers could use. At Plumb Perth, we use the latest technology to provide you with long-term, cost-efficient solutions, meaning that you won’t be calling us again in another few months with the same problem! Our friendly plumbers can run you through the various remedies available, whether this is a hydro jet drain cleaner or a plumbers snake

How do I know if my drain is blocked?

While the most obvious sign that you have a blocked drain is water being unable to drain quickly, there are also some other symptoms to watch out for:

Unpleasant odours from your drains

Higher than usual water levels in your toilets

Lower water pressure

Flooding drains during particularly heavy rainfall

What should I do if I have a blocked drain?

If you suspect you have a blocked drain, get in touch with Plumb Perth and we can send out a licensed, experienced plumber to detect the best solution for you.

Who do I call for a blocked drain?

If you have a blocked drain, it’s time to call a plumber to discuss the most cost-efficient, long-term solution! Plumb Perth utilises jetters, drain cameras, plumbers snakes, and even the handy plunger to unblock stubborn drains.

How do I clear a blocked drain when it’s outside?

If your blocked drain is outside, this can be a challenge for the home remedies, as it often means tree roots are involved. For long-term plumbing solutions, give Plumb Perth a call to discuss the best solution.

Who is responsible for blocked drains in a rental unit?

If the blockage is a result of general wear and tear, this is usually the responsibility of the landlord. If you are renting your home and you have a blocked drain, we would recommend you reach out to your landlord or property manager first to discuss how to proceed.