At 23 Hour Plumbing we are able to deliver a reliable and professional plumbing service 23 hours, 7 days a week, covering all metropolitan suburbs of Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. We use the latest technology to clear and clean your drains effectively first time, every time.
Occasionally we attend drains that we are unable to clear properly due to a breakage in the pipework. However, in this situation 23 Hour Plumbing is able to offer a replacement of the damaged section of drain. Many of our customers utilise our interest free payment terms* when having to replace a section of drain, as it is often an unwelcomed cost to the household that very few families are expected to endure.
WHAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF A BLOCKED DRAIN?
There are factors that can alert you to a partially or fully blocked drain – if you notice any of the following signs, contact your blocked drains experts from 23 Hour Plumbing;
- Gurgling noises coming from your drains
- Pungent odors emitting from your drains
- Your toilet is filling with too much water, or the water level is not rising high enough
- Water overflowing from your toilet
- Slow drainage issues
- Water backing up in the shower or bath when running your washing machine
WHAT CAUSES A BLOCKED DRAINS?
The most common causes of blocked drains is due to;
- Tree roots
- Disposing of food scraps or fats and oils into your kitchen sink
- Hair, sanitary items, children’s toys and other foreign items being flushed into toilets or making their way into our shower or sink drains
- Incorrect pipe installations
- Ageing pipework
- Heavy rains and storms can cause a buildup of leaves and debris
The traditional and reliable tool of the plumbing trade for drain cleaning is the Electric Eel. In the last decade, however, a new player arrived on the scene; the Hydro- Jetter has quickly become the industry standard for drain cleaning and clearing.
We also have drain CCTV cameras which can assist in showing and pinpointing the exact location and cause of the blockages, which is often a result of a broken pipe due to movement in the ground or from tree root intrusion.
Electric Eel Drain Cleaning
The Electric Eel is known by many names; The Plumbers Snake, Drain Snake, or originally as the Roto-Rooter. This tool is often still the first port of call in cleaning drains.
This old fashioned equipment is best described as a flexible device (auger) with a rotating blade. The Eel is manually cranked to feed into an access hole. It burrows into obstructions retrieving them whilst simultaneously scraping the interior sides of pipes to effectively clean and force out any built-up accumulated matter.
Care must be taken to not cause damage during the rotation process as cracking of pipes is common if the Eel is not in continuous movement. Heavy duty motorised versions are used for more demanding drain cleaning practices, such as clearing well established large tree roots that have infiltrated the plumbing lines.
Hydro-Jet Drain Cleaning
High Pressure Water Jetting (Hydro-jetting) is environmentally sound and considered the new kid on the block, and is fast becoming the weapon of choice in plumbing worldwide.
It is hard to believe that it is simply the high pressure of which the water is jetted through a nozzle onto the pipes and drains which cause the removal of dirt and obstructions. With its ability to travel up to 140 meters, on average, it may take less than an hour to get the job done with a hydro-jetter. As time is money, the cost is generally lower for the consumer with this method.
Whichever option is decided upon is a personal choice by the plumber and depends on the size of pipes and investigation results of the entire plumbing infrastructure. Cleaning pipelines and drain lines effectively of caked-on sludge and compressed particles is highly important to ensure an efficiently working system.
Drains are all around us, yet it is only when they are blocked that we give them any consideration. Sinks which are common in buildings and dwellings are situated in wet areas, such as kitchens, laundries, bathrooms and also can be found in backyards. These modern day conveniences allow the use of clean fresh water by giving an outlet (effectively somewhere for the run-off to go) thus expelling waste water off-site (or in the case of a septic tank, to a holding area underground on the property). Commercial and industrial drains also fill our landscape and suburbia, located by roadsides, gutters and footpaths, helping to control any stormwater overflow.
Most drains get blocked at some stage in their lifespan. It’s inevitable considering the conditions they are placed under. The reasons why are simple – over time there is bound to be a buildup of all that filters through our drainage systems. Accumulated dirt, debris and obstructions, or damage to the drain structure itself (causing a collapsed pipe) all take their toll. A blocked drain will eventually become ineffectual and must be cleared and cleaned out to restore its designed ability.
The signs that a drain is blocked, or has a partial blockage, should never be dismissed. A plumber is a trained professional experienced in unblocking drains and should be called in right away before the entire plumbing system gets backed-up and water begins to overflow. Our plumbing professionals from 23 Hour Plumbing specialise in using diagnostic and repair equipment to locate and remove the blockage, re-instating a clear flow. The main line of defense involves CCTV cameras, drain augers (plumbing snakes), electric drum and sectional drain cleaners and hydro-jetters.
Home remedy quick fixes such as plunging may diffuse the situation temporarily, but inevitably the problem will return and could be more costly and overwhelming to fix once further damage has occurred.
Only bio-degradable matter should ever be put down a drain. Unfortunately, drains tend to be used like a waste disposal unit and become the unwitting rubbish bin for household mess. Food scraps, fats, grease, oil, paint thinners, paint, kitty litter, hair, chemicals, medication, cotton buds and even Band-Aids have all been found in pipelines. This matter becomes compressed rubbish which compounds and blocks wastewater from escaping. Is it any wonder that blocked drains are such an epidemic? All of these examples of non-perishable items simply cannot be broken down in the environment and, with nowhere to go, become a real ‘drain’ on plumbing infrastructures as a whole!
CCTV Drain Camera
For preventative maintenance, or to just assist in determining what a particular internal problem is, the use of a drain or sewer camera is unequaled. The full colour wide-angled photographic capabilities provide a quick, easy and highly accurate way to check the conditions of underground drainage systems. Prior to their use in the plumbing industry, problems had to be guessed and the difficulties of excavation methods were far more common.
The drain camera is technically known as a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera. A compact and efficient unit, they are called closed circuit because the production is not open, not publicly aired, only distributed locally for limited viewing transmission. In recent years, more and more professional industries have taken advantage of this modern technology. Mainly used for surveillance and diagnostic purposes, there is CCTV now aiding in crime prevention, traffic management, home security and employment training.
In plumbing circles, CCTV first started being used approximately a decade ago. Now it is seen as a critical time, expense and labour saving device, which is regularly used. There is no sound in these productions, but there doesn’t need to be. A CCTV camera is inserted into a sewer or stormwater drain pipe to investigate the condition of the system and to ascertain exactly where and what a blockage is. The live footage gathered from the drain camera is invaluable. Cracks, structural damage, foreign objects, misaligned pipes, general wear and tear, tree or flora roots in-growth and just accumulated compressed waste can cause problems, all of which can be picked up now with relative ease.
Depending on the size of the drains to be investigated two types of cameras are deployed. The tractor camera is rotational and fits into a minimum of 150 millimeters sized or larger drains and can travel up to 200 meters. For smaller drains there is the micro camera, fitting snugly into 100 millimeter sized drains, or even less, and can travel up to 100 meters in distance.
For such an accurate assessment, to the uninitiated, the cave-like photography is rather like a colourful ultrasound and can be a little foreboding. However, to the trained eye of the plumber, who has no doubt done this many times before, the visuals given from the tiny camera open up a whole new world of what’s really going on in the deep, dark, tiny crevices of underground hidden plumbing infrastructures.