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11 Signs You Have A Sewer Problem

Every day, there are countless callouts to plumbers in Sydney to help a homeowner with a blocked drain or sewer pipe. Many homeowners aren’t aware of sewer or drain problems until it’s too late. Here are our top tips to identify drain issues, so you can reline your pipes and prevent future damage.


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How To Identify Drain Issues


Overflowing Sewerage or Water: Property owners need to ensure stormwater does not enter the sewer system around their home. Excess water in the sewer may cause pipes to become overloaded and lead to sewage overflows in people’s properties. To protect your home, check that water from your roof downpipes, pool backwash and landscaping run-off is not diverted into the sewerage system.


Bad Smells: Breaks in your sewer line will likely have a few adverse effects on your home, including omitting foul odours. These unsavoury odours are often a product of excess moisture in the walls of your home, floor surfaces or lawn. These include moisture pockets caused by sewer pipe corrosion.


Slow Drainage: One of the most obvious signs of a drain blockage is slow emptying of the sink, bathtub or in the shower and cause water to accumulate on the floor. The problem typically becomes worse over time, too. It’s best to call a plumber as soon as you notice it.


Gurgling Noises: A drain that is blocked locally will often cause the effected fixture to gurgle as the water drains. If you have a main sewer drain clog, you may hear gurgling in your bath or shower when you drain your sink too.


Sighting A Physical Blockage: A sewer drain clog is a very serious problem that can be considered a plumbing emergency. Clumps of hair and soap residue can clog a bathtub drain over time. Since the water has no place to go it will all come back up into the household plumbing, in one way or another!


Common Causes of Blocked Drains In Sydney


Some of the most common reasons for blocked drains include:

  • Trees planted too close to sewer and stormwater pipes can clog pipes with tree roots and can eventually damage the pipe work.
  • Fat, oil and grease solidify and can stick to the inside of drains, catching tree roots and gradually cause blockages. Never disposed of these fluids down the sink.
  • Large amounts of hair clogs drains. Prevent hair going down shower or basin drains.
  • Excessive toilet paper is a common cause of a blocked toilet.
  • Nappy liners, sanitary pads or tampons disposed of down the toilet. Put in a bin instead.
  • Ageing or broken pipes in older homes.


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