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.