Blocked Drains Melbourne Northern Suburbs

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 washing 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.

Aberfeldie 3040,Airport West 3042,Alphington 3078 ,Ascot Vale 3032,Ascot Vale West 3032,Attwood 3049,Avondale Heights 3034,Banyule,Bellfield 3081,Bend of Islands 3097,Briar Hill 3088,Broadmeadows 3047,Broadmeadows South 3047,Brunswick 3056,Brunswick East 3057,Brunswick North 3056, Brunswick West 3055,Bulla 3428,Bundoora 3083,Bylands 3762,Campbellfield 3061,Christmas Hills 3775,Coburg 3058,Coburg East 3058,Coburg North 3058,Coolaroo 3048,Cottles Bridge 3099,Craigieburn 3064,Dallas 3047,Diamond Creek 3089,Diggers Rest 3427,Donnybrook 3064 ,Doreen 3754,Eaglemont 3084,Eden Park 3757,Eltham 3095,Eltham North 3095.
,Epping 3076,Epping North 3076,Essendon 3040,Essendon Fields 3041,Essendon North 3041,Essendon West 3040,Fairfield 3078 ,Fawkner 3060,Fawkner East 3060,Fawkner North 3060,Gladstone Park 3043,Glenroy 3046,Gowanbrae 3043,Greensborough 3088 ,Greenvale 3059,Hadfield 3046,Heidelberg 3084,Heidelberg Heights 3081,Heidelberg North 3081,Heidelberg West 3081,Humevale 3757,Hurstbridge 3099,Ivanhoe 3079,Ivanhoe East 3079,Jacana 3047,Kalkallo 3064,Kangaroo Ground 3097,Kangaroo Ground South 3097,Keilor 3036 ,Kinglake 3763.
Kinglake West 3778 ,Kingsbury 3083,Lalor 3075,Lower Plenty 3093,Macleod 3085,Meadow Heights 3048,Melbourne Airport 3045,Mernda 3754,Mickleham 3064,Mill Park 3082,Montmorency 3094,Moonee Ponds 3039,Niddrie 3042,North Warrandyte 3113,Northcote 3070,Northcote South 3070,Nutfield 3099,Oak Park 3046,Oaklands Junction 3063,Panton Hill 3759,Pascoe Vale 3044,Pascoe Vale South 3044,Plenty 3090,Preston 3072,Preston West 3072,Research 3095,Reservoir 3073,Reservoir East 3073,Reservoir North 3073,Reservoir South 3073,Rosanna 3084.
Rosanna East 3084,Roxburgh Park 3064,Smiths Gully 3760,Somerton 3062,South Morang 3752,St Andrews 3761,St Helena 3088,Strathewen 3099,Strathmore 3041,Strathmore Heights 3041,Streamville,Sunbury 3429,Thomastown 3074,Thornbury 3071,Thornbury North 3071,Travancore 3032,Tullamarine 3043,Viewbank 3084,Watsonia 3087,Watsonia North 3087,Watsons Creek 3097,Wattle Glen 3096,Westmeadows 3049,Whittlesea 3757,Wildwood 3429,Wollert 3750,Woodstock 3755,Yallambie 3085,Yan Yean 3755,Yan Yean 3755 ,Yarrambat 3091,Yuroke 3063.