How To Identify a Blocked Drain
How to Identify Gold Coast Blocked Drain Warning Signals Of An Impending Blocked Drain
How to identify Gold Coast blocked drain is extremely useful to warn you of an impending blocked drain. Whywait Plumbing Services have been your local, reliable and professional Plumber clearing Gold Coast blocked drains for 40 years, since 1976. We have been voted as one of the Best Plumbers on the Gold Coast in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2015.
What we have discovered in the last 40 years is that the average person doesn’t give a second thought to what happens to the sewage and waste water from their house. Except of course when your drains stop working, and there is raw sewage everywhere. It comes as a nasty surprise to discover you can’t flush your toilet.
Backed up or overflowing drains are not only inconvenient but can also pose a serious health risk. While some blockages can occur suddenly, the majority happen gradually, in which case there will be some early warning signs for you to look out for that we have listed below
Tree Roots in Drains
Blocked drains are often the result of tree roots searching for water. They enter the drains through hairline cracks in the joints or damage to pipes or fittings.
Once tree roots enter a sewer drain, it’s “party time” as the drain has everything to make for a happy tree, water at regular intervals and plenty of nutrients. As the roots work their way through the pipes, they become a trap for debris and slowly over a period of time the blockage builds up until the drain is completely blocked.
Once you have tree roots in your drain the only way to solve the problem is by excavating the damaged section of the drain and replacing it. Clearing the tree root blockages with equipment such as an electric eel only bursts a hole through the roots, and they soon grow back.
Common Causes of Blocked Drains
- Objects flushed down the toilet that the system is not designed to cope with. Such as toilet deodorant holders, sanitary products, disposable nappies and flushable baby wipes as can be seen in the photo to the right.
- Pipes and fittings such as bends and junctions were damaged during installation of the drain allowing root infiltration to occur.
- Pipes in a drain become misaligned or completely collapse from external forces such as pressure from large tree roots or ground movement due to drought or heavy rain.
- Toilet cisterns are not working correctly and not flushing enough water down through the drain system.
- Poor installation with insufficient fall in the drain or flat spots in the drain which leads to debris build up and blockages.
- Installation of too many bends and certain types of junctions which can cause the same issues as insufficient fall.
Early Warning Signs to Look Out For and Act On Before the Drain Blocks
- Internal plumbing fixtures such as the toilet filling with water to a level above normal and then slowly draining away.
- The water seal or trap in a fixture is low or completely gone in the toilet or floor waste trap (urgent attention required as drain could block anytime).
- Gurgling noise from plumbing fixtures or floor waste trap, most commonly the toilet and usually when other plumbing in use.
- Sewer smells permeating the room usually from a floor waste trap or toilet.
How to Prevent Drain Blockages or Cracking in the First Place
The best strategy of all is to maintain your drains with periodic inspections. What’s more, preventing blockages before they happen is easy when you follow a few simple steps:
- Avoid planting trees and shrubs with extensive root systems.
- Avoid driving vehicles or machinery over the top of drains.
- Obtain a council drainage plan before undertaking any excavation
- Avoid pouring fat or grease down your drain
- Avoid washing sand or other debris down your drains
For immediate help with blocked or overflowing drains or any related problems, contact Whywait Plumbing today on (07) 5580 4311…job done!