Published in Blocked Drains, 8th Nov 2021
O’Shea help a client with a blocked drain causing slow drainage issues on their Malvern property Simon from Malvern is a longtime client of O’Shea Plumbing. O’Shea Plumbing has completed a variety of plumbing jobs ranging from upgrading their hot water unit to installing garden taps as well as other tap fixtures throughout the house. So when Simon noticed his laundry trough not draining or draining very slowly he knew who to call straight away. Andrew arrived the next morning to have a look at the situation. After some inspection, Andrew found that the sewer outside the house was blocked somewhere and provided Simon with options to rectify the situation, including locating and clearing the blockage. Simon quickly agreed to the quote and Andrew started setting up the equipment for the required works. Whilst this was happening, Andrew was also on the phone to Yarra Valley Water to find the location of the sewer point (the location where all the sewerage from the property runs to, joining onto the sewer mains). Once the sewer point was located Andrew quickly assessed that the drain was not blocked from here, so he would be able to localise the blockage and get a better idea of where the blockage was occurring on the property. Localising the blockage helps to keep the cost of unblocking a drain to a minimum. Andrew ran the cable machine down the boundary trap (BT) to find that there were some things in the drain which were not meant to be down there. These items slowed the draining of the entire sewer system and needed to be removed. Andrew ran the cable machine through the blockages in the drain, clearing away the blockage. Once the drain blockage had been removed Andrew watched all the backed up sewerage flow perfectly to where it was meant to go in the first place. Once again, Simon was very satisfied with the services of O’Shea Plumbing as the job was completed in a timely and professional manner. Simon was also happy that Andrew localised the blockage as this kept the prices to a minimum rather than just running the cable down the drain in the hopes of clearing it. Are your sinks, drains to toilets draining away slowly? You may have a blocked drain. If you would like us to assess and provide options to clear your blocked drain, get in touch with the team at O’Shea Plumbing! Call us on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Blocked Drains, 8th Nov 2021
We assist a client from Brighton with a blocked drain Greg called the O’Shea Plumbing Mt Waverley office regarding an issue that his parents were experiencing in their Brighton home. Whenever one of his parents showered, the shower would slowly become a bath as the shower base slowly filled up until it overflowed into the bathroom. This was a clear concern as it only took about 2 minutes for the bathroom floor to become wet each time. O’Shea Plumber Andrew arrived in the organised time slot, introduced himself to the clients and then got straight to work. Andrew found out that the remainder of the house’s sewer pipes were not affected by the blockage suggesting that the blockage was localised to the bathroom area. After further inspection, Andrew found that the Disconnector Gully (DG) was filled and overflowing near the shower (top end of sewer). He provided Greg with some options to rectify the blocked drain issue and told them he could start the job on the spot. Greg spoke with his parents, who were so happy that Andrew could proceed with the fix then and there. Once the job was approved, Andrew ran the cable machine down the DG clearing the blockage just that had occurred just after the trap. All the water dissipated from the drain and the water seal (water that sits purposefully in the bottom of the trap to stop sewer gases coming up) was sitting at the correct height. Andrew then changed the cutter on his cable machine to a larger one to give the drain the best chances of staying blockage-free for a longer period of time. Andrew let the client know that there was a possibility that this particular drain may back up again, he told Greg to call the office again if it did as there could be something a little more sinister happening in the drain. Greg was so happy with the service that Andrew and the O’Shea Plumbing team provided that he left a nice review as well as offered Andrew a job. Another happy O’Shea client! If you would like us to assess and provide options for a blocked drain on your Brighton property, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Blocked Drains, 27th Oct 2021
O’Shea assist a client in Wantirna with an urgent sewer pipe blockage Peter was having issues with sewerage overflowing into his backyard anytime a water fixture was used in his Wantirna home. Peter searched on the internet to find a local plumber and O’Shea Plumbing came up. After reading a few reviews online he decided to give O’Shea Plumbing a chance. Peter called the office and spoke with the office staff who organised a plumber to arrive on the same day. A couple of hours after the initial phone call Loc (Luke) arrived and had a look at the issue, Loc explained to Peter how the O’Shea Plumbing service works and provided Peter with an obligation free quote to use the cable machine in the sewer drain in an attempt to cut the drain blockage up allowing the sewerage to flow freely through the drain. Peter liked Loc’s plan and decided to proceed then and there giving Loc permission to start the clearing works right away. Before Loc got started he went around to all the gullies and inspection openings to try and find where the blockage was approximately located. This would allow Loc to use the minimum amount of cable down the drain, which would keep the price down for Peter. On this occasion, the blockage was approximately 14m away from the closest inspection opening. Loc used a variety of cutters increasing the size of the cutter to eventually 100mm, which was the diameter of the sewer pipe, clearing any blockage in its path. Loc managed to cut out a clump of tree roots and continued past the blockage for two reasons; firstly, so Peter got the absolute value for what he has paid for (ie up to 18m of drain clearing) and secondly, to make sure that there was no secondary blockage further down the drain. Loc spent time explaining what the process was and how he cleared the drain, ensuring that Peter was comfortable knowing what to expect and what to do if the blockage reoccurs. If you are experiencing drainage problems on your property or suspect you may have a blockage, get in touch with our friendly team. O’Shea Plumbing are the plumbers Melbourne can rely on! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887
Published in Blocked Drains, 25th Oct 2021
O’Shea assist a client in Bentleigh to clear a stormwater drain It was a Friday morning with the promise of a large Melbourne storm to roll through in the afternoon. Keith and his wife were having a discussion about the fact that their stormwater drain was blocked as it always overflowed, flooding their front yard when it rained. The thing about stormwater drains is you never think about them until they fail and cause damage to your property or garden. Keith and his wife decided to be proactive and employ the service of a plumber to give a quote on clearing the stormwater drain hopefully before that afternoon’s storm. Keith rang the O’Shea Plumbing Mt Waverley office and asked if it was possible to get a plumber out that day to have a look at the drain. The office managed to move some things around and squeezed Keith into the last job of the day. Andrew arrived and had a chat with Keith followed by presenting some options to clear the drain. Keith approved the works and Andrew started works then and there. Andrew ran a hose down the drain before works commenced to get an idea of how the drain was currently working and before long water started overflowing from where the hose was. Andrew got his cable machine out and worked it through the drain from the street upstream, in no time Andrew felt his cable machine struggle against a section of suspected tree roots. All of a sudden there was a massive deluge of water that came pouring out of the gutter, emptying the stormwater drain of its contents and bringing with it the blockage of tree roots, leaf litter and dirt. Andrew proceeded to run the hose again to see if there was any difference from before, the noise which came through the pipes sounded like a miniature jet engine and clear water started pouring out of the gutter (stormwater drain). The client did not wish to have our team use the drain camera to guarantee the roots had been cleared, however, there was enough evidence that most of the blockage (if not all) had been removed as the drain was running as if it was new. All this just in time for a massive storm to sweep across Melbourne – Another happy O’Shea Plumbing client! For all of your drain blockage, drain cleaning and emergency plumbing problems, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887
Published in Blocked Drains, 6th Oct 2021
O’Shea help a client in Bulleen with a range of plumbing issues Carrol lives in her Bulleen family home which is quite dated. It is a beautiful home but, unfortunately, the plumbing is starting to become old and faulty. Carrol was concerned about who she could trust to have over as it has been years since she needed a tradesperson. Carrol called the Mt Waverley office of O’Shea Plumbing stating that she was worried about a few general plumbing problems around the house and would like an experienced plumber to listen to her concerns and have a chat with her about potential issues and options to rectify them. Andrew was greeted on-site by Carrol, as she was a new client he introduced himself and O’Shea Plumbing. Andrew explained how the O’Shea Plumbing service works and listened to what Carrol was wanting. The first issue was a water leak in the shower, the second was a rust spot in a box gutter, but her main concern was that during heavy rains the stormwater drain would overflow at her driveway and flood her carport. Andrew provided Carrol with options to investigate the shower leak, replace the badly rusted section of flashing (cover over timber) as well as put a protective paint over the remainder of the gutter. Andrew also provided Carol with options to either use a cable machine or water jet to clear the blockage in the stormwater drain and explained the pros and cons of each. Carol approved the works and asked if they could proceed ASAP. As soon as the flashing came into the office, Andrew and Loc (Luke, another O’Shea Plumber) went to Carol’s property to complete the required works. Andrew looked after the shower leak and roof works, while Loc used the water jet to clear the stormwater drain. Loc used the drain camera first to get a look at the drain before works and found that there were multiple sections where tree roots had infiltrated the drainpipe, as well as a large volume of sludge (broken down leaf matter, dirt and water) sitting in the drain. Loc then worked the water jet back and forth blasting the tree roots and sludge into nothing, when all of a sudden the water (which had started filling the grate drain) started to dissipate. Loc put the camera back down the drain to investigate his work to find that the existing stormwater drain had no more roots in it and minimal sludge – the drain blockage was cleared! To ensure a thorough drain cleaning, Loc put the camera all the way down from the furthest point to the legal point of discharge. O’Shea Plumbing now had the knowledge that there is no more obstructions in the stormwater drain and that they had provided Carrol with very good service. Great work team! For all of your general and emergency plumbing problems, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887
Published in Blocked Drains, 3rd Sep 2021
O’Shea assists Sharon with a blocked drain on her Mt Waverley property On top of cleaning dishes, washing clothes and running a family, the last thing you need is for your laundry trough to start filling up with water and not draining. Unfortunately, Sharon from Mt Waverley experienced this, but she quickly jumped on the internet to find a local plumber to solve the problem. Sharon found O’Shea Plumbing and read a few online client reviews and decided that we were the company for her. She called the office in the morning and was told that a plumber could be there in two hours. Andrew arrived shortly after the call. Upon investigation, he found that the blockage was not isolated solely to the laundry sink and there was a blockage in the main sewer run on the client’s property. Andrew provided options to Sharon which included making an attempt to clear the blockage but also using a drain camera to inspect the quality of the drain and the remainder of the drain. Sharon chose the option that suited her best and Andrew got straight to work. It did not take long for Andrew to lower the water level and get the camera down the drain. He quickly found that there was one section of the drain which was largely affected by tree root infiltration. Andrew also notified Sharon that she had a combined drain which means that the sewer also picks up the neighbours sewer exiting into a boundary trap in Sharon’s neighbour’s house. Andrew showed the camera to Sharon and explained what would happen. Sharon asked for advice on how to fix it and Andrew sat down with Sharon to explain all of her options. As this is a combined drain, the bonus for Sharon was that the neighbours might pay half of the fix. Andrew provided Sharon with more options for an extra thorough clean that would remove more roots and hopefully provide her with more time before the roots grow back again causing further blockages. Andrew also gave an option for a permanent solution by replacing the section of PVC sewer pipe which had an obvious hole in it allowing the tree roots to enter the drain. By frequently providing our clients with options on how they would like to fix the option, we provide full transparency on the work being completed and the associated costs. If you would like us to assess and provide options for a blocked drain on your Mt Waverley property, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Blocked Drains, 25th Aug 2021
O’Shea Plumbing help a client with a blocked sink in their Burwood home Theo was organising a plumber for his mother at their family home in Burwood due to the sink which had become blocked. The blocked drain was unable to be cleared by two other plumbing companies before O’Shea Plumbing came to the rescue. Andrew (O’Shea Plumbing expert) arrived on site late in the afternoon and explained to Theo how the O’Shea Plumbing service works. Once this was done, Theo took him to investigate the blocked sink. Andrew had a look at what needed to be done in regards to clearing the blockage and provided options to Theo for clearing the blockage. Once approved, Andrew proceeded to use the small cable machine down the 50mm drain in an attempt to clear sink blockage, but to no avail. Andrew decided that rather than coming to the client with another problem, that he would find and present a solution instead. Andrew crawled under the house to find that the waste pipe ran above ground for a couple of meters and joined into the 100mm sewer about 150mm below ground level with a 100×50 flat reducer. This was loose and Andrew lifted the 50mm pipe from the fitting. Once this pipe was disconnected a torrent of sewerage came back up and started overflowing under the house, he quickly put the pipe back in! Andrew had discovered that the issue did not lie within the 50mm sink drain but instead was located in the 100mm sewer drain which required a different approach. Andrew provided further information and prices to the client to come back the next day with a water jet and make an attempt to clear the blockage from under the house (Andrew would usually not go straight for the water jet but this was the only tool that would be possible to work under the house with the space which he had to work with). Andrew and his colleague – Luc – arrived the next day with the water jet in tow and set up the job. Andrew crawled into position under the house and Luc controlled the water jet valves/engine. They worked together to clear the blockage from within the 100mm sewer. Once all packed up, Luc proceeded to test the drain and ran a very large volume of water down the drain with no subsequent backing up indicating that the blockage had been cleared. Well done team! Do you think that you might have a blocked drain on your Burwood property, the team at O’Shea Plumbing will work hard to find you the best solution! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – The plumber Melbourne locals can rely on to clear their drain blockages.
Published in Blocked Drains, 10th Aug 2021
O’Shea Plumbing assist Sally with a blocked drain on her Malvern property Sally is a loyal client with O’Shea and once stated that she was never going to use another plumber after her first experience with O’Shea Plumbing. Sally said, “the plumber that came out [from O’Shea] last time was courteous, good at communicating as well as not fussed with a bit of hard work”. Sally rang O’Shea Plumbing as she was concerned that there may have been a sewer blockage about to occur as she could hear gurgling in the pipes (yes, that is a sign of an air imbalance in the drain which could potentially be a drain blockage in the making). Andrew arrived and reminded Sally of the process which O’Shea Plumbing uses to complete jobs. Once Andrew and Sally agreed on the best way to make an attempt to clear the drain Andrew was able to set up and get to work. Andrew made sure to keep Sally updated along the way, as he recognised that there was a level of trepidation and worry about the works blowing out and quote renewal required. After about an hour and a half of hard drain clearing work, Andrew noticed that all the water drained from the drain which he was working on which suggested that the blockage had been cleared. Andrew continued to work the cable machine down the drain just in case there was something further and to ensure that he hadn’t simply pushed the blockage further down the drain only to get caught at the next bend or junction. Once Andrew was happy that there was no more blockage, he pulled all cables out of the sewer and put a larger cutter on the cable to put back down into the drain. Andrew knew the job was complete when the water ran down different drains for a long time with no more gurgling and no subsequent backing up. Sally was once again satisfied with the service of O’Shea Plumbing and told Andrew that she hopes she doesn’t see us again, but if there are any other plumbing issues that she would call O’Shea straight away. Think you might have a blocked drain on your Malvern property, O’Shea Plumbing can be there fast to solve it! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – The plumber Melbourne locals can rely on to clear their drain blockages.
Published in Blocked Drains, 19th Apr 2021
Sandra and her husband from Camberwell have used the services of O’Shea Plumbing on multiple occasions ranging from water leaks to stormwater drain renewal and tap leaks. On this occasion Sandra rang due to an issue with her toilet filling when flushed and sewerage coming up from their shower grate. Not a pleasant situation! Andrew (O’Shea Plumber) arrived to find that they had a drain blockage had occurred due to tree roots growing in the drains. He quickly provided options to make an attempt to clear it. The client approved straight away and Andrew got to work immediately. Andrew got the cable machine set up and worked hard feeding the cables down the sewer from an inspection opening outside behind the toilet. Much to Andrew’s delight, the cable machine managed to cut through the tree roots and unblock the drain easily. To guarantee his work and make sure the drain would be unlikely to block again anytime soon, Andrew upsized the cutters on the cable machine to allow for more of the tree roots to be cut giving the drain as much chance to stay clear for as long as possible. We are confident in our ability to clear blocked drains, however, O’Shea also offers a 12-month warranty on sewer drain blockages that reoccur in the same spot. Once he finished clearing the drain, Andrew cleaned up his equipment and let Sandra and her husband know that their toilet would now flush normally and no more nasty sewerage would be coming out of their shower grate. Once again Sandra and her husband ended up being very satisfied with the works completed by Andrew and O’Shea Plumbing and said “we will see you next time we have a plumbing issue!”. Another satisfied customer! Curious to know more about blocked drain symptoms or perhaps where they most commonly occur in the home? Take a look at our blogs about blocked drains. If you are experiencing a drain blockage on your property, our team can be there fast to help you clear it! Call O’Shea Plumbing today on (03) 9888 2887 – The plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Blocked Drains, 21st Aug 2014
Blocked drains is a frustrating, time consuming and even expensive experience. If the block cannot be fixed or removed by the owner, a plumber must be called. The result is the inability to use the drain, possible emergency costs for a plumber and lost time waiting for a plumber to come and the fix completed. There are some common causes of blocked drains which means there are some ways these kinds of blockages can be avoided. Causes For Blocked Drains Some of the most common causes of blocked drains include Trees and Leaves Grease and Fat Hair Foreign objects Usually the cause is a mixture of a couple of these. There are a few ways to help prevent blocked drains but regular maintenance of pipes is very important. If you are attempting to clear the blockage yourself, it is important not to make these mistakes when unblocking a drain. If one of the pipes is cracked, broken, rusted etc. it will need to be replaced. If the fittings between pipes are loose or damaged they will need to be tightened or replaced. These fixes can help prevent blockages from occurring and foreign materials working into the pipes and clogging them. Materials in cracked or loose pipes is particularly an issue for outdoor drains where soil and other materials surround the pipe in the ground. Outdoors it is important to note where pipes run in the ground and make sure to keep trees clear of them. It is also important if there is a place outside where the drain is open at the ground to have a grate on top to keep debris out and also clean off debris regularly. Don’t put grease and fat from cooking down drains even if it isn’t solidified. Liquid fat and grease can solidify inside the pipes eventually building up and causing problems. These items may also collect other objects such as hair and plug pipes. Make sure not to brush hair over sinks where it can get washed into pipes. Hair can also be washed down tub drains, so it is important to have a strainer cover of some kind to prevent a majority of hair getting into pipes. Blocked drains may also be caused by foreign objects such as: Excessive toilet paper Feminine sanitary products Child toys The pathway for most of these items begins with the toilet. It is helpful to close the lid on the toilet to prevent objects from accidentally falling into it. Remember not to flush items down the toilet that do not break down or are very large and may block pipes. Be cognizant of toilet paper usage as large amounts can immediately cause blocked drains or may block drains further down the pipes as the diameter decreases or in bends of the plumbing. It is a good idea to find an experienced and reliable plumber that can be used regularly and can become familiar with the plumbing in your house. That way when there is a maintenance issue with the pipes we will already have some idea where to look so the repair time is shorter. It also means pipes are less likely to have the damages long enough to create a blockage because the repairs are being made early. If you have a blockage or have a pipe that needs to be repaired, contact us for an experienced plumber in the Melbourne area. We are available seven days a week and have super fast response times for emergencies such as blocked drains. Servicing both commercial and residential places. We want to help keep your drains running smoothly.