Contact 23 Hour Plumbing upon the first sighting of an drain overflowing, we are your plumbing professionals covering all metropolitan areas of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. We provide an afterhours, weekend and public holiday plumbing and gas service – and can be at your location within the hour* in a plumbing or gas fitting emergency. We will clear your blocked drain, blocked toilet or blocked stormwater drain in an instant with our high powered hydro-jets. Leaking or burst pipe repairs or replacements are no hassle for our experts, we will utilise a CCTV camera to pinpoint the exact location of your leak for a prompt repair. 23 Hour Plumbing offer a hot water heater supply, installation, repair and replacement service that is second to none and for your gas fitting and gas leak detection requirements call upon us any time of the day or night. No matter your plumbing or gas situation 23 Hour Plumbing has a plumber local to your area ready and waiting for your booking.
An overflowing drain needs to be attended to immediately, whether it is wastewater or stormwater. Any drain overflowing can cause serious health concerns if left for too long (or if it is overflowing sewage waste) as well as ground contamination, groundwater and waterway pollution.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that an overflowing drain is corrected in a prompt and timely manner to prevent the risk of pollution and health risks from breeding bacteria.
Pooling water from a drain overflowing is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and could cause gastroenteritis, cryptosporidiosis, skin and eye infections and in severe cases hepatitis. Soil contamination due to overflowing drains can cause damage to crops and if stormwater washes over the polluted ground it will pick up the contaminants which, in turn, will wash these into our waterways.
Contact 23 Hour Plumbing immediately in relation to an overflowing or blocked drain on your property, including any septic tank issues – we will be with you within an hour* of your call in an emergency, no matter the time of the day or night, including public holidays and weekends.
What causes a drain overflowing?
A drain will usually overflow when it becomes blocked or damaged, as the water basically has nowhere else to go. The main causes for a drain overflowing are;
- Blocked drains caused by tree roots
- Items including food scraps, fats and oils, hair, foreign objects, paints and chemicals, sanitary items, children’s toys and even too much toilet paper being put down our drains
- Incorrect pipe installation
- Ground movements can cause pipes to become loose or break
- Reactive soils could corrode pipework
- Ageing pipework
Blocked drains don’t just suddenly happen – the blockage builds up over time, eventually completely blocking or damaging your pipes. If you notice any early warning signs of a blocked drain, book a local plumber from 23 Hour Plumbing on 1300 070 399 for a prompt repair or replacement before the drain overflows.
Signs of a blocked drain may include;
- Unpleasant smells issuing from your drains
- Water is slow to drain or a decrease in water pressure
- The water in your toilet bowl is higher or lower than usual
- Water backing up in your basin, tubs, sinks or shower drains
- Wet patches or pooling water around your property
- Sinking pavers or cracking concrete
- Unexplained cracks in your homes structural walls
- Increased activity of rodents or pets (attracted by the smell)
If you have a septic tank situated on your property call 23 Hour Plumbing immediately if you notice any of the following;
- Strong, pungent odours around the area of your septic tank
- Pooling water or soggy ground
- Dark green patches of grass growing in the vicinity of the absorption area
- Slowly draining sinks or toilets
- Sewage begins to back up in your drains or overflows from pipes on your properties exterior
If you have a blockage in your sewer main this could result in a backflow of wastewater through your overflow relief gully which will then expel the water into your properties outside areas. If your overflow relief gully is blocked then this water will have nowhere else to go but to flow inside of your property.
What is an overflow relief gully?
An overflow relief gully is a drain fitting covered with a small grate, located on the exterior of your property. The purpose of the overflow relief gully is to allow any sewage to overflow into your outside areas and away from your home rather than into your home in the case of a blockage within your sewage pipes.
Every home is required to have an overflow relief gully and it is the home owner’s responsibility to ensure that their overflow relief gully is correctly designed for the property and is fully operational and free from any blockages or obstructions. The grate should always be able to easily ‘pop off’ in the event of a sewage overflow.
In relation to your overflow relief gully you need to ensure;
- That the overflow relief gully is relocated in the event of any house extensions – a reliable plumber from 23 Hour Plumbing can assist with this.
- If any construction works take place on your property your overflow relief gully should never be blocked with concrete paths or driveway renovations
- The overflow relief gully is never covered by garden beds, paving or any type of obstruction
- That the overflow relief gully grate is easily removable, the grate should be able to easily pop off – it should never be concreted in, require manual turning to remove, or be damaged to the point that it is stuck in the drain.
- The overflow relief gully must be situated lower than any other pipe within the property, at least 150mm lower than the lowest fitting and 75mm above ground level.
Should you have any concerns regarding your overflow relief gully contact 23 Hour Plumbing for a reliable and affordable plumbing service.
How to prevent a drain overflowing
- Proper care and being assertive as to what you put in your drains will prevent many blockages.
- Be mindful and understand root systems of plants and do not plant trees too close to your pipes.
- Regularly clean your gutters
- Always trust a fully qualified plumbing professional in regards to any new pipework installations, pipework repairs, replacements or extensions.
- Look out for early warning signs of a blocked drain and have it repaired immediately
If you have a drain overflowing on your property, be safe and book your plumber instantly, and leave the rest up to the professionals from 23 Hour Plumbing. We have local plumbers servicing your metropolitan area who can be at your location within an hour* if required. We are your trusted afterhours, weekends and public holiday plumbers, there for you whenever you need us.