Blocked drains in your home can be a huge inconvenience. They often occur completely out of the blue and can cause extensive damage to your home if not repaired correctly. Multiple blocked drains within a short period of time can hint at larger drainage problems in or around your property.
At My Home Plumbing we’re the Inner West’s blocked drain specialists. We bring a ‘repair it’ don’t just ‘fix it’ approach to our work, always taking the time to identify the ‘root’ cause of your drainage problem instead of just clearing the blockage, whacking a band aid on it and leaving your drains to block again in a few months time.
Is the water in your sink, bathroom or toilet draining slower than usual? This can be caused by a blockage preventing the water from flowing through your pipes freely.
Is there a bad smell coming from your drains? Blockages can disrupt the flow of air in your drains and sewers and redirect bad smells into your home.
Is there a gurgling noise coming from any of the sinks, drains or toilets in your home? This can occur when air is trapped in your pipes as a result of a blockage. You may hear the gurgle from multiple sinks, drains or toilets.
Is the water level in your toilet rising after each flush? This can be a sign there is a blockage further down in the pipe.
Is there water or sewerage overflowing at any of your indoor or outdoor drains? This can indicate a stormwater, sewer or main water blockage.
Functioning drains keep your home healthy. To keep your drains flowing freely, avoid sending anything down your drain that isn’t water, toilet paper or number 1s and 2s.
Nothing on the list below breaks down like toilet paper when flushed. Instead they flow through your drains, often getting caught in bends or pipe junctions and lead to blockages. Whoever invented flushable wipes, clearly wasn’t a plumber.
Tree roots are another common cause of blocked drains in the inner west, as a large amount of the homes in Sydney’s inner suburbs contain older clay style pipes. The roots creep in through cracks in the pipe and over time can completely obstruct the full diameter and extend for meters.
This can cause extensive damage to the drainage system in your home.
This is a guide only, if in doubt always call a professional.
If the water in your toilet is not draining away, you could try using a plunger to dislodge the blockage. Suction the plunger onto the toilet outlet at the base of the pan (where the water flows out of when you flush), pump a few times before releasing the suction. Repeat process a couple times if needed. If your blockage remains, it's time to call the plumber. For toilets, we prefer disc style plungers.You could try this one. Attach to a drain rod and off you go!
Here's 3 things you can try to unblock your sink or bath before you call a plumber. One - pick up a plastic snake-style drain cleaner from the hardware store. Hold on to the handle and insert into the drain. pull back and forth a couple times before removing completely. These are great at clearing excess hair, soap scum or bathroom gunk. If this doesn't work you can try filling the bath or sink with hot water, then remove the plug and allow the pressure and heat of the water to push the blockage through. Lastly, you could try a plunger. We find spring style plungers get the best suction on a sink.Spring Style Plunger
If you live in Sydney, we can send you a plastic drain cleaner completely free of charge. Click here to visit out contact page and send us a message. Just include your name, postal address and phone number and we’ll send it through with a simple instruction card.
Chemical drain cleaners can cause damage to some pipes (especially if old), porcelain and glues. They can also be extremely toxic and not nature friendly.