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.
Ashburton 3147,Badger Creek 3777,Balwyn 3103,Balwyn North 3104,Bayswater 3153,Bayswater North 3153,Beenak 3139,Belgrave 3160,Belgrave Heights 3160,Belgrave South 3160,Big Pats Creek 3799,Blackburn 3130,Blackburn North 3130,Blackburn South 3130,Boronia 3155,Box Hill 3128,Box Hill North 3129,Box Hill South 3128,Bulleen 3105,Bulleen South, Burwood 3125 ,Burwood East 3151,Cambarville 3779,Camberwell 3124,Canterbury 3126,Chirnside Park 3116,Chum Creek 3777,Coldstream 3770,Croydon 3136,Croydon Hills 3136,Croydon North 3136.
Croydon South 3136,Deepdene 3103,Dixons Creek 3775,Don Valley 3139,Doncaster 3108,Doncaster East 3109,Donvale 3111,Fernshaw 3778,Ferntree Gully 3156,Ferny Creek 3786,Forest Hill 3131,Fortuna,Gilderoy 3797,Gladysdale 3797,Gruyere 3770,Hawthorn 3122,Hawthorn East 3123,Healesville 3777,Heathmont 3135,Hoddles Creek 3139,Kallista 3791,Kalorama 3766,Kew 3101,Kew East 3102,Kilsyth 3137,Kilsyth South 3137,Knoxfield 3180,Launching Place 3139,Lilydale 3140,Macclesfield 3782,Matlock 3723 ,McMahons Creek 3799,Menzies Creek 3159.
,Middle Camberwell, Millgrove 3799,Mitcham 3132,Monbulk 3793,Mont Albert 3127 ,Mont Albert North 3127,Montrose 3765,Mooroolbark 3138,Mount Dandenong 3767,Mount Evelyn 3796,Mount Toolebewong 3777,Narre Warren East 3804,Nunawading 3131 ,Olinda 3788,Park Orchards 3114,Powelltown 3797,Reefton 3799,Ringwood 3134,Ringwood East 3135,Ringwood North 3134 ,Rowville 3178,Sassafras 3787,Scoresby 3179,Selby 3159,Seville 3139,Seville East 3139.
Sherbrooke 3789,Silvan 3795,Steels Creek 3775,Surrey Hills 3127 ,Tarrawarra 3775,Tecoma 3160,Templestowe 3106,Templestowe Lower 3107,The Basin 3154,The Patch 3792,Three Bridges 3797,Tims Corner, Toorongo 3833,Tremont 3785,Upper Ferntree Gully 3156 ,Upwey 3158,Vermont 3133, Vermont South 3133,Wandin East 3139,Wandin North 3139,Wantirna 3152,Wantirna South 3152,Warburton 3799,Warburton East 3799,Warrandyte 3113,Warrandyte South 3134,Warranwood 3134,Wesburn 3799,Wonga Park 3115,Woori Yallock 3139,Yarra Glen 3775,Yarra Junction 3797,Yellingbo 3139,Yering 3770.