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Stage 2: Drain Inspection

Locate And Diagnose The Cause Of The Problem

The second stage is finding out exactly what is causing the blockage. The can be done by a physical inspection or by using specialised plumbing camera and diagnostic tools. These cameras allow the plumber to see the blockage itself from inside the pipe. The diagnostic tool then gives the plumber specific information about the blockage such as how deep into the pipe the blockage is.

Fix the Problem, Not just the Symptom

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

There is normally only 5 reasons why you will be suffering from a blocked drain. You may be lucky and only experience one of these at a time but in extreme cases homes and business may experience more than one.

  • Tree Roots: Tree roots are one of the worst causes for blocked drains as they only require a hair line crack in order to penetrate the pipe and start growing.
  • Foreign Objects: This is the most typical blocked drain. It is normally a build of of excessive toilet paper as well as an accumulation of things that shouldn't be or put down the drain. This can include:
Food Scraps
food scraps in drain
Soap Scum
soap scum in drain
oil build up in drain
Baby Wipes
wet wipes in drain
hair in drain
fish in drain
  • Misalignment / Breakages: This normally happens due to improper installation or if the pipes used were not meant to be used underground. When pipes are broken or misaligned, solids with in the waste water can become stuck and cause a blockage.
  • Pipe Collapse: This is quite rare but is more susceptible to happen to an older style homes due to older pipes and earth movement over years of being buried. There are occasions where pipes have collapsed from heavy machinery or objects being on area with drainage underneath.
  • Soil Settlement Pipes work using gravity by being slightly sloped the water travels down the pipe however sometimes due to ground movement or poor installation there is no slop or even worse a negative slope. Both of the latter will cause your drains to block up.
Drain Camera Inspection

Drain Camera Inspections

We are able to conduct drain inspections in a variety of different locations and pipe sizes. Whether your blockage is located outside or inside your home our cameras are able to enter any nearby connecting drain in order to get video footage and pictures of the blockage. Visit our drain camera page for more information.

Once the cause of your blockage has been diagnosed we can then commence Stage 3: Blocked Drain Prevention.

Book a drain inspection today

Don't put up with a slow draining sink or gurgling sounds coming from drains and toilets. Speak to our team today on 0403 355 550 and start taking the steps to healthier pipes in your home. Alternatively you can fill in our online quote request form and one of our friendly staff will be in touch in regards to your query.

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