Blocked drains are nasty! They’re messy and they are detrimental to the health of your home or your business, and your health. At Fusion Plumbing, we’re experts in diagnosing and cleaning blocked drains. We use the latest technology, including cameras and high-pressure water jets, to determine where blockages may lie, and to fix them. There are several reasons your drains could be blocked, and if you’re unable to find and fix the cause with a simple plunger, it’s best to call in the professionals. At Fusion Plumbing, we can get your drains back into working order asap, whether at home or work. We will clear your drain, flush the system, and your pipes will be free-flowing again in no time.
Common Causes & Prevention
If you are experiencing drainage problems, we can help. While we offer solutions to fix any problems, we also want to help prevent these from recurring again. Common issues we face include:
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Nappies, Wipes, Sanitary Products
You might be surprised at how many call-outs we receive for blocked toilets, only to find the homeowner has been flushing sanitary products, baby wipes, and yes – even nappies, down the drain. Toilets are not designed for these products as they don’t break up (like toilet paper does). When these products are wet, they actually absorb the moisture and get bigger, which is guaranteed to block your drains. Keep a bin next to your toilet instead, and if you need help to clear a mess, give us a call.
Grease and Oil
Particularly prevalent in the kitchen or workshop, grease and oil can build up in your drains and pipes, sticking to the sides as you wash it away. As you wash other debris and food down the drain, it can in turn stick to the grease, causing a blockage. You can prevent this by discarding oil and grease in the garbage instead.
Trees, Dirt & Debris
Trees, dirt and leaves are common causes for blocked drains outside the home, particularly on the roof. Bird’s nests and feathers, mice and possums, and faeces from animals can also cause problems; and on the ground, tree roots generally grow towards drains for a source of water, which can also cause blockages (and structural damage). It’s especially important before, during, and after storm season that you have a professional tend to your water drains and pipes to ensure water is flowing through these correctly.
Problems With Pipes
Your pipes are susceptible to a range of problems, including general wear and tear. If your pipes have cracks or fractures, they’re more likely to experience blockages. If they have been poorly installed in the first place (i.e. through DIY or anyone who isn’t a qualified plumber), this can also create problems. Poor installation and cracks hinder the flow of water to your home. It can result in leaks, which can be dangerous to the foundations, the land and your health (as it can lead to mould). At the first sign of any problems, call in a professional. Blocked drains can also be caused by soap residue, food build-up, children’s toys and garden waste. If you suspect you have a blocked drain and need assistance to clear it, we can help.