Drain Clearing - How it Works and When You Need It
Your home or business has several different drains, both inside and outside the buildings. Each drain is connected to either the sewer or stormwater system. With many different drainage pipes running in and under your buildings as well as under the ground, it is easy to ignore and forget them as they are not visible to you. However, like everything in life, they do need maintenance and repairs from time to time. Without proper maintenance big problems can develop that can cause big dramas. Not being able to use the toilet, shower or sink at home or in your business is a huge problem and one that will need to be handled urgently.
Cleaning your drains regularly will keep them in great working order and can help prevent the risk of major plumbing repairs that may arise. Drain cleaning prevents small blockages becoming large clogs, which prevents nasty smells and noises and can improve your drainage rate.
The Two Main Types of Drains
The plumbing fixtures in your building lead to the sewer drain system. These include toilets, showers, baths, sinks, washing machines and floor drains. Flowing through the sewer drains of your property, the sewage waste will flow into larger council sewer mains. These large pipes take the waste to a sewage treatment plant where harmful materials are removed, and the treated water is released into local waterways.
In the case of remote areas, household sewer waste may be connected to a septic system, which is located on the property. A septic tank is a watertight vessel buried in the ground that collects household sewage. Heavy solids settle to the bottom of the tank, while lighter solids and greases will float to the top. Bacteria naturally breakdown the wastewater before the effluent is disposed of via sub-surface irrigation or trenches.
Storm Water Drains
Storm water is the water that runs off a site from rain that falls, whether onto the roof and then through gutters and downpipes, or through ground drains and sumps. The water flows through the storm water pipes to the street curb or a storm water main.
Storm water runs directly from our properties to local water catchments like rivers and creeks without being treated, so it is critical that you are mindful of what is going into storm water drains - think fertilisers, rubbish and other toxins.
Drain Cleaning Processes
Do not neglect drain cleaning of your sewer and stormwater drains and things should run well for years to come. As mentioned, all sorts of debris can find its way into your drains, such as soap and grease, food waste, hair, toilet waste, leaves, soil and chemicals.
All this can easily build up over time and result in a blockage. It isn’t only debris from your sinks and toilets that create blockages, as tree roots can also invade pipes and clog them, especially if the pipes are already cracked.
We can help to regularly clean out drains and pipes to prevent blockages. The Drain Man is a specialised drain cleaning service with a qualified team and specialised equipment. We can be scheduled to quickly and easily clean pipes using high-pressure drain jetting and CCTV cameras to inspect the inside of your pipes. There is no digging required and it won’t cost you a fortune.
Unclog a Drain Yourself
If you have a minor blockage, you may be able to clean sink drains or toilets yourself. If the blockage is visible, you may be able to simply remove the debris by unscrewing the plughole cover or entering the pipes under your basin.
Pouring boiling water down sinks and toilet bowls can also help, as can natural cleaners such as bicarb soda and white vinegar. There are also plungers and caustic cleaners available at your hardware store if you need a tougher drain unblocker.
Drain Cleaning & Relining
It is common sense that having your drains cleaned, whether you have a blockage or not, is a smart idea. If you engage our drain cleaning service, we will inspect your drains as part of the process. The high tech camera footage we obtain will show any damage to the pipes and in these instances you will be advised about our pipe relining.
Once the drains have been cleaned, a special drain liner is prepared to exact length and configuration of the existing pipe. A unique resin is applied to it and it is pulled through the pipe and manipulated into place. Finally, the liner is inflated and held in place until it cures.
The Drain Man services areas throughout Victoria and New South Wales offering drain cleaning and pipe relining to many satisfied customers. Pipe relining is safe, has excellent results and your pipes will be even stronger than the originals. This process is particularly effective if you find you need to clean out drains frequently, from invasive tree roots for example.
The Drain Man is available for all your residential and commercial drain needs and we are ready for a free no obligation chat. Call us or contact us online with any questions you have or to request a quote.
If you have any questions about pipeline inspections, drain clearing or pipe relining at your premises, contact our friendly team. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can.