Not just clearing a blocked drain, at Active Plumbing we try to identify the cause of the blockage and offer a solution to the problem.
Most blocked drains are caused by tree roots in the drainage system, the tree roots can be removed by various methods.
Years ago before mechanical machinery was invented, plumbers and drainers would use hand rods to clear drains, digging down to the drain to expose the pipe and reveal an inspection opening then following up with the tedious job of insertion of hand rods into the drain and working the rods by hand moving along the line, excavating again finding another inspection opening downstream or upstream and continuing to work this way till the blockage was eventually cleared. It could take several days at times just to clear a drain using this method. If there were problems with the drainage line say the pipes were collapsed or broken, the drains would have to be dug up by hand and replaced.
Today we have a variety of different machines that can be used to clear blockages.
1. There are the cable machines such as the Ridgid 1500 or the Electric Eel. These machine use an electric motor to turn cables which are inserted one by one into the drain via an access point basically they are a mechanical rodding machine using a machine to drive steel drain clearing rods. Various attachments can be placed on the leading rod for different types of blockages.
2. The next innovation is the high pressure water jet machine. This is a little like using your garden hose to clear a drain except its using very high water usually around 5000 kpa pressure at these high pressures the machine can cut through tree roots. These machines are very effective with most blockages particularly with a build up of grease in the sewer line or other blockages not related to tree roots. The high pressure water jet or jet blasters are quicker to set up and operate than the mechanical machine but have a higher operating cost than the mechanical machine.
3. Camera inspection. Usually once a drain is cleared we cannot be certain what caused the blockage. To investigate what is happening inside your drainage system, we will need to have the drain inspected, this can be done by excavating the line (not recommended unless it is obvious where the collapsed line or broken pipes are) or inspected with a drain cctv camera this will usually reveal the cause of the blockage and its location. To get a clear picture of the line it must be cleared first.
Blockages can be caused by tree roots, pipes having incorrect fall or having back fall. If tree roots are entering the drains they usually enter through cracks in the pipes or broken sections of the drainage line.
If you have tree roots in your drainage line they will come back even after cleaning they will continue to grow and cause more damage. Root foam can be used to reduce the growth. But eventually replacement or relining will be necessary. It is also recommended to remove any trees which are effecting your drains. We are often asked if we will guarantee the drain will not block after clearing, drains will often block again after clearing if the drainage lines are damaged, you will sometimes get some relief for some years at times, if the drains are only slightly damaged or broken pipes are not obstructing the flow of waste down the drain, but eventually as the tree roots grow back they will severely damage the drains.
Blocked drains and drain repairs please give us a call on 1300651965
Blocked Drains in Melbourne, Suburbs we service.
Armadale 3143,Ashwood 3147,Aspendale 3195,Aspendale Gardens 3195,Avonsleigh 3782,Bangholme 3175,Bayles 3981,Beaconsfield 3807,Beaconsfield Upper 3808,Beaumaris 3193,Bentleigh 3204,Bentleigh East 3165,Berwick 3806,Black Rock 3193,Blind Bight 3980,Bonbeach 3196,Botanic Ridge 3977,Braeside 3195,Brighton 3186,Brighton East 3187,Bunyip 3815,Bunyip North 3815,Burwood 3125 ,Caldermeade 3984,Cannons Creek 3977,Cardinia 3978,Carnegie 3163,Carrum 3197,Carrum Downs 3201,Catani 3981,Caulfield 3162,Caulfield East 3145,Caulfield North 3161,Caulfield South 3162,Chadstone 3148,Chelsea 3196,Chelsea Heights 3196,Cheltenham 3192.
Cheltenham 3192 ,Clarinda 3169,Clayton 3168,Clayton South 3169,Clematis 3782,Clyde 3978,Clyde North 3978,Cockatoo 3781,Cora Lynn 3814,Cranbourne 3977,Cranbourne East 3977,Cranbourne North 3977,Cranbourne South 3977,Cranbourne West 3977,Dalmore 3981,Dandenong 3175,Dandenong North 3175,Dandenong South 3175,Devon Meadows 3977,Dewhurst 3809,Dingley Village 3172,Doveton 3177,Edithvale 3196,Elsternwick 3185,Emerald 3782,Endeavour Hills 3802,Eumemmerring 3177,Frankston 3199,Frankston North 3200,Frankston South 3199,Gardenvale 3185,Gardenvale 3185,Garfield 3814,Garfield North 3814,Gembrook 3783,Glen Huntly 3163,Glen Iris 3146 ,Glen Waverley 3150,Guys Hill 3807,Hallam 3803,Hampton 3188,Hampton East 3188.
Hampton Park 3976,Harkaway 3806,Heath Hill 3981,Heatherton 3202,Highett 3190 ,Highett 3190 ,Hughesdale 3166,Huntingdale 3166,Iona 3815,Junction Village 3977,Keysborough 3173,Koo Wee Rup 3981,Koo Wee Rup North 3891,Kooyong 3144,Lang Lang 3984,Lang Lang East 3894,Langwarrin 3910,Longwarry 3816 ,Lynbrook 3975,Lyndhurst 3975 ,Lysterfield South 3156,Malvern 3144,Malvern East 3145,Maryknoll 3812,McKinnon 3204,Mentone 3194,Menzies Creek 3159 ,Modella 3816 ,Monash University 3800,Monomeith 3984,Moorabbin 3189,Moorabbin 3189 ,Moorabbin Airport 3194,Mordialloc 3195,Mount Burnett 3781,Mount Waverley 3149,Mulgrave 3170,Murrumbeena 3163,Nangana 3781,Nar Nar Goon 3812,Nar Nar Goon North 3812,Narre Warren 3805.
Narre Warren North 3804,Narre Warren South 3805,Noble Park 3174,Noble Park North 3174,Notting Hill 3168,Nyora 3987 ,Oakleigh 3166,Oakleigh East 3166,Oakleigh South 3167,Officer 3809,Officer South 3809,Ormond 3204,Pakenham 3810,Pakenham South 3810,Pakenham Upper 3810,Parkdale 3195,Patterson Lakes 3197,Pearcedale 3912,Prahran 3181,Ricketts Point,Rythdale 3810,Sandhurst 3977,Sandringham 3191,Seaford 3198,Skye 3977,South Yarra 3141 ,Springvale 3171,Springvale South 3172,St Kilda East 3183 ,Tonimbuk 3815,Tooradin 3980,Tooradin North 3977,Toorak 3142,Tynong 3813,Tynong North 3813,Vervale 3814,Warneet 3980,Waterways 3195,Wheelers Hill 3150,Windsor 3181,Yannathan 3894.