Blocked Sewer Drains – All You Need to Know

A blocked sewer drain is not just an inconvenience, it can also cause very serious problems for your toilets, bathtub, washing machine, showers and sinks if left too long without being fixed. It can also be a health and hygiene issue.

How do I know if my sewer drain is blocked?

Luckily, it is usually easy to identify when you have a blocked sewer drain, which means you can have a plumber attend to it as quickly as possible. Some signs that your sewer drain may be blocked include:

  • Wastewater reappearing in your sinks, shower or bathtub;
  • A bubbling or blocked toilet (especially when you are using another sink or shower); and/or
  • Foul odour coming from your drains.

These issues occur because when a sewer line is blocked up, the water cannot flow freely through it the way it was intended. Instead, the wastewater flows back up through the pipe and exits at the lowest most point, which is usually the drain in the shower.

What causes a blocked sewer drain?

  • Tree roots are the primary cause of blocked sewer drains. Tree roots are attracted to the moisture contained in the drains and thrive due to the constant supply of water. Clogs caused by tree roots are more commonly found in older homes but take place in newer homes as well. Tree root growth can also occur outside of the pipe and over time the sheer pressure of their weight can cause the pipe to collapse in on itself.
  • Un-flushable items such as wet wipes, sanitary products and paper towels are becoming increasingly more common as the cause of blocked sewer drains. Most of these products will feature a warning on their packaging that they are not safe to flush – and there is a good reason for that!

If your sewer is blocked, it is important that you act quickly. A blocked sewer drain means that the sewerage has no way of departing your plumbing system and this can result in raw sewage flowing back up through your drains and into your home.

A blocked sewer drain is not to be taken lightly and could cause significant damage to your home and your health if not acted upon quickly.

If you suspect there is a clogged sewer drain in your home:

  1. Turn off the water main, which will normally be located outside your house.
  2. Call Plan B Plumbing – a licensed, experienced plumber – right away.

Plan B Plumbing Solutions

When it comes to plumbers, finding one you can really trust can be a stressful task. Based in South Oakleigh servicing Chadstone and surrounding suburbs, Plan B Plumbing Solutions are well known and trusted, already having made a name for themselves as an industry leader in the plumbing sector.

Offering a range of services, and a zero-dollar call out fee and free quotes, Plan B Plumbing Solutions are committed to getting the job done right. That’s why Plan B Plumbing Solutions should be your plan A when it comes to your plumbing needs.

Reasons To Hire a Licensed Plumber For Repairs

Plumbing emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time and can be a costly, time consuming and stressful experience. Sometimes even small plumbing repairs can create a major inconvenience, so it’s natural to want to rectify the issue for the cheapest price or even attempting to fix it yourself. The issue with DIY plumbing, however, is that by neglecting to utilise the skills and expertise of a plumber, you could end up causing further damage and costing yourself more in the long run.

Undetected leaks

An underground leak detection, for example, is a procedure that only plumber with the correct knowledge and equipment can undertake thoroughly to make sure an investigation leads to a solution. If a leak goes undetected for too long because a plumber was not engaged, the problem can become enormous. Without the sufficient expertise, an underground leak can cause masses of leak damage not only to your property, but potentially your neighbours’ properties, too, and it can also cost you money if there is an increase in your water bill. However, when you hire a plumber who is equipped with an underground leak detector and expert plumber knowledge in underground leak detection such as Plan B Plumbing, we can assess the area and locate the leak as quickly as possible to rectify the issue and prevent any further problems.

In Victoria, plumbers must be registered and/or licensed to carry out plumbing works. You may think you can undertake a quick plumbing repair by yourself at home, but the practical and theoretical knowledge plumbers have gained through their education, training and hands-on experience is invaluable and should not be underestimated.

What may seem to you like a small plumbing issue could actually be far greater than you realise, attempting to fix the plumbing issue by yourself may cause you much bigger issues down the road. By hiring a licensed plumber you will be provided with a high level of service and specialised knowledge to ensure the problem is fixed right the first time.

Get in touch with Plan B

When you are looking for a local plumber in Oakleigh, take the safest option and ensure you hire a plumber like Plan B Plumbing. We are Licensed Plumbers who possess the specialist plumbing knowledge required to be able to provide the most appropriate plumbing solutions that will leave you with a long-lasting and cost-effective answer to your needs.