Blocked Drains

Blocked Drain Repair Experts
Sydney Inner West

FXD have been helping the local residents of Sydney's inner west with blocked drains for over 5 years. If you have an issue with a blocked drain in your home, then reach out to speak to one of our experts.

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FXD plumbing Lilydale fixing a clogged toilet for a customer.

Blocked Drains

Blocked Drain Repair Experts
Sydney Inner West

FXD have been helping the local residents of Sydney's inner west with blocked drains for over 5 years. If tou have an issue with a blocked drain in your home, then reach out to speak to one of our experts.

Blocked Drain Plumber

Blocked Drains are a common problem in Sydney. Blocked drains can be caused by a number of things. Some of them are within your control but others are not.

Blocked drains can be caused by food or other waste making its way into the drain, but can also be a consequence of a number of other things.

One of the most common sources of severely or consistently blocked drains are tree roots making their way into your pipes. If this is the case you will need to speak to an expert plumber to get the best options for repair.

How to clear blocked drains?

Depending on the cause of the blockage we can approach a blocked drain repair a couple of different ways.

If plunging doesn’t work then we may need to consider using specialised plumbing equipment to get the job done. FXD has access to some leading plumbing equipment and technology such as motorised drain snakes and augers. This means that no matter what is causing your blocked drain, you can be confident that we have the equipment to fix it quickly.

Our Process

Let FXD Help with your Blocked Drains

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Inspection and Quotation

If you need help with a blocked drain, call or email us and we will arrange a time to meet with you on-site, try to find out more about the problem and provide you with a quote to get your blocked drained fixed for good.

Appointment Booking

If you would like to proceed with the job, we will arrange a time that's convenient for you for the works the be carried out. If you need to get your drain unblocked out of business hours or need emergency drain clearing then we are here to help.

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Job Completion

Once we have unblocked your drain we will provide you the possible reasons that the problem occurred in the first place. We will include to you, advice on how to ensure your drains remain clear in the future preventing the problem from returning.

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After Sales Support

Reach out to us! If the problem reoccurs, or if you have any questions about unblocking drains, we are here to help. A warranty is offered on our workmanship and the guarantee that when you choose FXD, it's fixed for life.

Get in Touch

If you have a blocked drain or any other plumbing issue, we are here to help! Feel free to reach out to our friendly team by phone or email and we will organise a time to visit your home and provide you with a free quote.

Blocked Drains

Almost all of us have either been directly affected or know someone who has been affected by a blocked drain scenario.

Obviously, blocked drains are extremely unsanitary. However, there are many other ramifications that can arise as a result of a blocked drain.

Here’s a handful of examples:

  • Unsanitary environment
  • Structural damage
  • Flooding
  • Damage to carpets and floorboards
  • Damaged furniture and appliances
  • Irreparable drain damage

Thankfully, all of these are avoidable.

Blocked Drain Technology

As Inner Western Sydney’s blocked drain specialists, we know that technology is constantly progressing when it comes to blocked drains. There are always new and improved methods designed to enhance results through the various stages of investigation, detection, diagnosis and repair. We supply our technicians with the newest and highest quality technology, so we can keep delivering quality results.

This technology includes:

CCTV Drain Cameras

All of our technicians’ trucks are equipped with CCTV Drain Cameras, which enable our staff to position and manoeuvre a camera within the affected drain. This technology allows our team to fully see exactly what the problem is via a video monitor at ground level.

Service Location

We use highly advanced locating equipment that allows our technicians to pinpoint exactly where drains and other services lie. This equipment tracks an electrical current that is either attached to the service, or inserted into the drain. This enables us to accurately establish the exact location of the service we’re tracking as well as the depth. Pretty cool, right?

High Pressure Water Jetting Equipment

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the drain cameras and pipe locators, our vehicles are also fitted with High Pressure Water Jetters. These remove everything from silt, residue, solid matter, tree roots and foreign objects.

Plus… Periodical Maintenance

We also offer a preventative program that schedules us to attend your property periodically.  This allows our team to address any recurring problems before they become a reality. That way, we can be sure that your drains will always be clean, so you should never experience any surcharging.

Not sure if this is your plumbing problem? 

Here are some typical signs that your drains may be blocked:

* Your floor drains are bubbling over
* Your toilets, baths & showers are * draining slowly
* Bad smells
* Gurgling drains

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How do I know if my drains are blocked?

A blocked drain can eventually cause damage and costs. It is best to fix the problem as soon as it arises. A blocked drain can be identified from a few signs:

1.      Odour

Blocked drains emit odour if food is the cause. Food debris can sometimes get stuck in the pipes, and eventually starts to smell.

2.      Slow Drainage

Any blockage will cause slow drainage. This is always one of the best signs of a blocked drain.

3.      Raised Water Levels

If you flush your toilet and the water level rises higher than normal, the drains may be blocked. If the water overflows, this is a more serious problem with your drains.

4.      Gurgling Sounds

If any strange gurgling sounds are heard from the pipes, this is another sign of blocked drains. These sounds mean air is trapped in the drain and is escaping when you run water.

 

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Does vinegar unclog drains?

Vinegar can be used in combination with baking soda to unclog a drain. Follow the steps below for help unclogging a drain:

1.      First, use a bucket to remove as much as the standing water as possible.

2.      Then, remove any items you may find in and around the clogged drain. This could be food scraps, hair or other objects.

3.      Pour ½ cups of baking soda into the clogged drain. Follow up with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the clogged drain sit for 15 minutes.

4.      Slowly pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to help loosen the clog.

5.      Apply a layer of petroleum jelly around the lip of a plunger. This will create a seal between the plunger and the drain.

6.      Place the plunger over the drain and plunge away!

Lastly, run water into the drain to see if the clog is fixed.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you unclog a drain with standing water?

Unclogging a drain with standing water is an easy fix and can be done quickly with the following steps:

1.      First, use a bucket to remove as much as the standing water as possible.

2.      Then, remove any items you may find in and around the clogged drain. This could be food scraps, hair or other objects.

3.      Pour ½ cups of baking soda into the clogged drain. Follow up with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the clogged drain sit for 15 minutes.

4.      Slowly pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to help loosen the clog.

5.      Apply a layer of petroleum jelly around the lip of a plunger. This will create a seal between the plunger and the drain.

6.      Place the plunger over the drain and plunge away!

7.      Lastly, run water into the drain to see if the clog is fixed.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do u unclog a toilet without a plunger?

If you have a blocked toilet but don’t have a plunger handy, there some simple ways that you can unblock your toilet.

Go into the kitchen and pull out the dishwashing liquid. Simply pour a generous amount of dishwashing liquid down the toilet. The liquid is heavier than water and will make its way down the base of the outlet and sit on top of the blockage. Over an extended period of time, the dishwashing liquid will work its way through the blockage to be pushed through.

If the dishwashing liquid alone doesn’t help, simply add some hot water (not boiling water) to the pan to help move the blockage along the hot water will help dissolve the blockage. Boiling water will crack the cold porcelain, so try to avoid that.

If none of the above is working, go to your wardrobe and find a wire clothing hanger (preferably one with a plastic coating so that the wire doesn’t mark your toilet). Simply pull the clothes hanger apart so that it straight and insert it into the bottom of the toilet. Wiggle and jiggle it around until you unblock the toilet. The wire will break down the blockage, allowing the water to pass through.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What to put down a toilet to unblock it?

Your toilet is blocked and you have guests on their way. You need this issue resolved quickly. There a number of different ways to unblock that toilet.

The first way would to use a hand plunger to unblock the toilet. Place the hand plunger onto the outlet of the toilet and plunge away in and out is the most common way to unblock that toilet. This will allow your friends to come over never knowing what chaos you went through before they had arrived.

The second way would be to purchase a toilet auger. It basically is a hand eel rod that you send down the toilet and manoeuvre around your toilet S or P trap by rotating the handle clock wise. This will then reach the blockage and break it down and move it along unblocking your toilet.

The third option if you do not have a toilet auger or a hand plunger would be trying a natural remedy of 1 cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar. This will cause a chemical reaction and dissolve the toilet blockage.

If all else fails, call a licensed plumber as this may be an issue that isn’t within the toilet and could be a problem further down the line.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you dissolve fat in a drain?

Fat accumulated inside sewer pipes is a surprisingly common plumbing problem. Dealing with a fat clogged pipes can be a frustrating experience. When fat solidifies inside the pipe, it blocks the flow of water and this leads to the pipe being blocked and overflowing. When a fat clogged drain pipe occurs, everything can get smelly, messy and unhygienic. Fat and grease blockages are probably the worst type of blockages to come across and sometimes hardest to deal with.

Fat accumulated inside sewer pipes is a surprisingly common plumbing problem. Dealing with a fat clogged pipes can be a frustrating experience. When fat solidifies inside the pipe, it blocks the flow of water and this leads to the pipe being blocked and overflowing. When a fat clogged drain pipe occurs, everything can get smelly, messy and unhygienic. Fat and grease blockages are probably the worst type of blockages to come across and sometimes hardest to deal with.

Removing fat and grease from your drain is hard, but never fear, we will give you a few options that you can try yourself:

1. Caustic soda – This can be very dangerous but also effective. You can purchase this from your local hardware. Whilst there remember to purchase your PPE, gloves and safety glasses. Simply remove as much water from your drain pipe as possible and pour down the caustic soda making sure you have opened windows, as the fumes are quite over powering. Leave for one hour for the caustic soda to penetrate the fat and grease. Then wash down with boiling hot water. If this does not help, pour more down the drain and leave overnight. In the morning, it should have subsided and again wash down the drain with boiling water.

2. Boiling water and vinegar is a home remedy that when mixed in a ratio of 1:1 can be quite effective. The boiling water increases the temperature inside the fat loosening up and the vinegar can help to clean away the fat and grease from within the pipe. Followed with more boiling water to help wash away the remainder of the grease. This option is cheaper and better for the environment.

3. If these options fail and the fat clogged drain is stubbornly blocked, you may need to call upon a licensed plumber to use his high pressure water jetter of electric eel to do the trick. He will definitely get the pipe flowing like the way it always did.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Who is responsible for a blocked drain?

So you have a drain that is pouring out with sewerage in your garden or back yard, and you are wondering who is responsible for this? Well it all depends on where the blockage is. Unfortunately you probably will not have the resources yourself to identify this.

You are going to have to call your local licensed plumber to firstly clear the drain and determine where the blockage has occurred. It’s very simple if the blockage is within your property of upstream towards your house. From the boundary shaft/trap it’s your responsibility. If the blockage found is within Sydney Waters Sewer Main, it is their responsibility and they will refund you the money you paid to the plumber plus unblock the main.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do I completely clear a blocked drain?

There are a few ways you can completely clear your drain, whether it be your kitchen/laundry sink, shower floor waste, basin/vanity waste, or bathroom floor waste. Of course, the easiest and most efficient way is to call a licensed plumber. They are equipped with all the specific blocked drain tools to efficiently clear your drains. Sometimes you can have a go yourself and save some money in the process.

You may need to visit your local hardware store to purchase some tools, but there is nothing like the self-satisfaction feeling of solving a problem yourself.

Blocked drains and sinks can sometimes be unclogged using a simple hand plunger that you will find at your local hardware or possibly supermarket. To unclog a drain, simply place the plunger over the waste outlet and continue to push down and lift up until you feel like the drain is clear. This will create a vacuum seal and provide pressure within the clogged pipes, and with the pushing and pulling action hopefully move the blockage and move it along the drain.

You could also purchase Draino from your supermarket and pour that down your sink. This is a special chemical that reacts with water and can potentially burn away the blockage to relieve the drain.

If all of these handy tips fail, you may need to call a qualified plumber as they will be able have your drained unclogged in no time. They will be able to provide you with the cause and remedy to prevent it happening again.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.