In the pipeline - DIY Blog #29 - Blocked Drains Melbourne - Beware

April 13 2015

​Our emergency plumbers have recently attended 2 blockages in last week where other plumbers drain clearance equipment has been removed from the drainage system.

DIY Tips.

-Always check the plumber and his vehicle.

-If the plumber is poorly presented or his vehicle looks like a wreck then there is a strong chance of equipment he uses at your property will be in poor condition.

-If in doubt do not engage the plumber to do the works.

Case Study One:

Our emergency plumber attended an after hours call out in Melbourne bayside suburb of Elsternwick last week to clear a blocked drain.The customer explained that the drain had blocked several times and they had engaged two other plumbing contractors previous to our attendance. Our drainage specialist used Rigid K 1500 equipment to clear  the blockage and was fortunate enough to pull out a piece of broken drain cable that have been left in the the drain by a previous contractor. Upon close inspection we found that the piece of equipment removed was worn out and had broken at one of the joints.We suspect that one of the previous contractors had lost the piece of equipment in the drain and hadn’t informed the client. We recommended to CCTV inspect the sewer system so we could be 100 % sure that there was not any other broken equipment in the drain,. 

Case Study Two:

Our blocked drain specialist attended a blockage in a commercial restaurant in the Frankston  and was asked to find the reason for the continual blockage is occurring at this property. Our drain clearance specialist commenced his investigation by carrying out a comprehensive CCTV camera inspection of the sewer drainage system. He was surprised to find approximately 15 meters of jet cleaning hose and the associated jet cleaning nozzle laying in the drain. There was a large quantity of solidified fat and grease built up around this piece of plumbing equipment. Our experienced plumber utilised a rigid K 1500 retriever cable and removed the jet cleaning hose from the drain. We utilised a high-pressure jetter to clean the drain and treated the drain with hydrogen peroxide to emulsify the fats.


~Both case studies graphically illustrate the need  to check out the plumbing contractor you engage very carefully. Whether you live in Glen Iris or Glen Waverley you cannot be too careful about who you engage to work on your drainage system.


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