Drain Clearing Sydney Inner West

Drain Clearing Experts in Sydney Inner West

FXD have been helping the local residents of Sydney's inner west with drain clearing 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. 

Drain Clearing and Repairs

FXD are your local drain clearing experts!

Drain clearing can be a hassle without the right tools, equipment and experience. Whilst some drains can be cleared through various methods by the average DIYer when it comes to serious blockages then you should call in a professional plumber. 

FXD have been helping residents of Sydney Inner West with the drain clearing for over 5 years. We have successfully completed jobs in a number of inner-west suburbs including Lilyfield, Glebe, Marrickville, Haberfield, Leichhardt and Annandale. 

If you have a problem with a blocked drain or sewer line then you can rest assured knowing that when you choose FXD it will be fixed for life. 

fxd plumber fixing a clogged sink with a plunger in sydney inner west
FXD Plumbing Solutions Ute in front of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney
Plumber fixing a clogged drain with a drain snake in sydney

Not sure whether you need a plumber?

FXD will help you identify any problem with a blocked drain and advise on whether it is can be fixed simply or requires special attention.

If you are unsure of whether your clogged drain needs professional attention, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Blocked drains can be symptomatic of bigger problems in your homes plumbing system and should be taken seriously to avoid any unexpected damage to your home. 

Blocked drains have the potential to cause other problems that are more serious so if you notice that your drains aren't draining like you think they should, and simple solutions such as drain clearing solvents or plungers don't seem to help then call us for an obligation free inspection and quote. 

FXD are drain clearing specialists

What causes a blocked drain?

Blocked drains can happen for many different reasons and could be simple to fix or the tell tale signs of a more serious problem. These are the most common causes of blocked drains, and a little advice on what you should do if you come across any of these problems. 

new appliances that were installed into the home of a customer in Sydney Inner West

Hair & Food Scraps

Sometimes things like hair and food scraps can make their way into your drains and pipes. Whilst this is normal, depending on how old the plumbing system is, how often you have cleared it out, or the volume of obscruction, you may need the help of a professional plumber to help clear your drains with specialists equipment. 

Pipe Damage

Over time your pipes may become damaged which makes it more likely for them to not drain the same way as they should. If this is the case you may need to either repair the pipe or replace it entirely. At FXD we carry all of the necessary equipment and parts to ensure that when you call us out we will be able to repair the problem quickly. 

Tree Roots

If you have trees close to your home, your may find that over time their root systems can cause damage over time. Common problems include either pipes cracking due to root growth, or roots making their way into the pipe itself which can cause significant problems to your homes entire plumbing system. If you think this might be the case it is always best to call a professional. 

Drain Clearing, Blocked Drains and Blocked Pipes

FXD can help with drain clearing in Sydney's Inner West.

Spanner and Screw Driver Icon for Plumber

Inspection and Quotation

If you need help with clearing a blocked drain then 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 an obligation free quote.

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. We will source all required equipment and parts to get the job done, and will ensure that your drains are running clearer sooner.

Foundry and Crane Icon

Job Completion

Once we have fixed your blocked drains we will explain what you can do to minimise the chances of this happening again in the future. If we think there is something more serious going on, we will let you know and offer a free quote to get the problem sorted permanently.



Compass icon

After Sales Support

FXD are here for you, even after the job is done. If you have any issues with your drains after we have cleared them then give us a call and we will come out to fix whatever issues has arisen. Our customers are our #1 priority, so you know when you choose FXD you can be sure you will recieve industry leading customer service and support

Talk to us now about drain clearing today!

If you are interested in finding out more then give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with an list of options for you to consider when it comes to clearing drains in your home and will also offer an obligation free quote for any work we believe needs to be carried out. 

What's New

Check out the latest from our Plumbing Blog

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do I know if my drains are blocked?

When you have a suspicion that your drains are blocked, they probably are! Your drainage system is designed not to be noticed or smelt. You probably have already worked out that drains are laid and installed with a small amount of fall so that your waste is slowly draining away, out of mind and out of site. If you notice something, that generally means that something is impeding the drainage system and creating a clog. You will start to hear gurgling sounds, bad odours from the pipes, overflowing sewerage outside or possibly from floor drains, toilets filling up and slowly draining away. These are pretty clear indications that your toilets are clogged.

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