How To Unclog a blocked drain

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How Does Water Back Up In Drains!

You have probably heard about blocked drains, and you may even have had one yourself. It’s something that happens to all of us at one time or another, and can be very annoying. A blocked drain is a pipe that has become clogged with debris.

This debris will block the pipe and prevent it from draining properly. This causes water to back up into your home, which can cause problems like mold, mildew, and other health issues. You can fix a blocked drain yourself if you know how, but it is much easier if you hire a professional plumber.

What Causes Blocked Drains?

There are many things that can cause a blocked drain. If there is an object stuck in the pipe, such as a hair tie, a stone, or even a toy, then you should call a professional plumber to come out and fix it. In some cases, a tree root can also get caught in a drain pipe and cause problems. If this is the case, you should call a professional to help you unclog the pipe.

How Does A Snake Unclog Drains?

When you are ready to unclog your pipes, there are several different ways to do it.

The first way is to use a snake. A snake is a long metal tube that is inserted into the pipe to clear the debris. There are special types of snakes that are designed for different types of pipes, so make sure you know which type you need before you go to the store to buy one.

The second way is to use a plunger. Plungers work by creating suction to pull the debris out of the pipe. They are usually used when the pipe is very narrow, so you should not use them on larger pipes.

The third way to unclog a pipe is to use a pump. A pump uses a vacuum to suck the debris out of the pipe, just like a plunger. These pumps are usually powered by electricity. If you don’t want to use electricity to unclog your pipes then you can use a manual pump.

Once you have found a way to unclog your pipes you should check them again. If you still have a problem then you should call a professional plumbing company to come out and fix the problem.

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Types of Plumbing Emergencies!

Call a professional plumber on 07-30381038 for all plumbing emergencies in Brisbane.

There are many different types of plumbing emergencies, but the most common and the one that you are probably familiar with is a water leak.

Water leaks can occur in many different places and for many different reasons. It could be because of a faulty pipe or a loose connection. In any case, when there is a leak it can cause damage to your home and also pose a threat to your health. You need to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation so that you can get your house back to normal as soon as possible.

Basement Leaks

If you have a water leak in your basement, you will first want to check all of the pipes in your basement to make sure that they are not damaged. If they are, then you should call a plumber right away to fix them. This is important because if you don’t, you will have a problem getting the water out of the basement. Once the pipes are repaired, you will need to take care of the water leak. You will need to turn off the main water valve in your home.

Faucet Leaks

You will then want to turn on the faucet in your basement that has the leak. After that, you will want to place a bucket underneath the faucet and let the water run out. When the water stops running, you will want to clean up the mess and then put some absorbent material under the faucet to catch any remaining water.

Leaking Walls

If you have water leaking into your walls, you will want to use a sponge to soak up the water. You will then want to use a plastic bag to cover the area. After that, you will need to use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the water. Then you will want to use a damp cloth to wipe down the area. If the water is seeping into your floor, you will want to use an absorbent material like a towel to soak up the water. Then you can use a broom to sweep up the area. You will then want to apply a little bit of drywall compound to the area and then let it dry.

Overflowing Toilet

If you have an overflowing toilet, you will want to first shut off the water supply to the toilet. Then you will want to go to the bathroom and open the lid. After that, you will have to unplug the toilet from the wall. Then you will want to flush the toilet until it is empty. Finally, you will want to replace the stopper in the toilet. You may also want to replace the water tank if the toilet is leaking.

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Blocked Drain in Everton Park

What’s our favourite job here @ Plumbaround Pty Ltd?? A drain clearance!!  The amount of drain clearances we attend to is usually 1-2 per day.  Our young apprentice Matt is learning the ropes to clear a blocked drain with one of our Drain Cleaner Machines.

Drain ClearanceThis drain in Everton Park used 8 rods to clear, most likely right on the council connection to the property.  We pulled back large tree roots from a root penetration located at around 6 rods down the drain.  We use a specific head on the end of the drain cleaner which is able to cut the roots blocking the pipework.  Some of these roots are pulled back with the drain cleaner and others push through the line.

It’s amazing what we find hiding and blocking drains.  Things that should not be flushed but are flushed!!  The most common reason is broken pipework where a root penetration happen has happened.  Where break has occurred, if not repaired in a timely manner, the drain is highly likely to block again.  Over time the blockages worsen as does the break in the pipework.

Clearing a drain is not for the feint hearted and is usually a not so nice job but hey, someone has to do it!  Our equipment is maintained to ensure we can unblock the majority of drains and ensure the safety of our staff as well.

We are available day and night to clear blocked drains, and only a phone call away!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Phone or email, we will respond straight away!!




New Drainage lines in Aspley

Plumbaround Pty Ltd has started some rectification plumbing works on a commercial property in Aspley.  The rectification works are to the drainage below the building.  Whilst the property underwent previous renovations a short while ago, the drainage lines seem to have been forgotten and not completed to the Australian Plumbing and Drainage Standards AS3500.img_7669

As you can see by the photos, there a few existing waste lines running from the commercial kitchen and are not to the Plumbing and Drainage Standard and are clearly bowing from the excessive heat running through them.

We intend to supply and install Geberit High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) which is manufactured for the purpose of discharging wastewater from greasy wastes (restaurants etc), trade waste (factories), laboratory waste, sanitary and stormwater.

Geberit HDPE is temperature resistant and can be used in drainage systems for discharge temperatures up to 80° C  and therefore suiting the purpose of this commercial property.img_7662

The job is now set to commence after a slight delay in which we consulted with a Brisbane City Council Plumbing Inspector on most efficient way to achieve the best possible outcome for this commercial premises.  Can not believe it previously passed on a plumbing inspection!

Geberit HDPE pipes and fittings are UV stabilised, and are low on maintenance.  The HDPE pipe gives out a low heat loss through the pipe wall which prevents grease and fat from solidifying on its way out to the grease trap.

Geberit HDPE has a higher abrasion resistance than metal which gives it the edge over other materials in drainage applications where abrasion effects the life of the pipework and it is extremely resistant to chemicals and solvents. Itis the ideal material for use in Trade Waste, Greasy Waste, DWV, Stormwater, Laboratory or Industrial Drainage applications.

We will post some photos once the job is completed, it will look totally different!!

Contact Plumbaround Pty Ltd for more information on plumbing and drainage.  We are happy to visit site and provide you with a QUOTE today.


Burst water in Albion

On site in Albion this week completing an RPZ repair and whilst replacing the ball valves, our Backflow Prevention Specialist /Plumber has found that the galvanised pipework on this line is in desperate need of repair.  This pipe lead underground and at this stage we can’t tell how far the damage is.   Plumbaround Pty Ltd will return early next week to replace the pipework for the owners of the complex.

Burst Galvanised Pipes

Galvanised pipes were most commonly used in Australian homes built prior to the 1950-60’s. They are not commonly installed in homes today – due to the introduction of copper piping and the cost of producing galvanised pipes, they have been phased out in regards to new installations. Galvanised pipes are iron pipes coated with zinc – this is to prevent corrosion. Galvanised pipes were the most durable pipe available before copper was introduced – but it has been noted that over time the zinc coating actually deteriorates causing the pipe to corrode from the inside and eventually causing it to leak and then burst.


The inside of the pipes can corrode and become plugged with lime, calcium, rust and other debris.
Worse still, is that they can start to leak at any time undetected inside a wall or cupboard which leads to costly damage and the spread of mold.
Many insurance companies will not give coverage to houses with these pipes and fittings or may charge you with a premium.

 Sooner or later a leak will develop so the best thing to do is replacement with copper or PEX plastic pipe.  Exposed pipes are of course much easier to quote on and replace but riser pipes inside walls, under floors and buried  in the ground can be a little more difficult to quote on repair.  The repair however can be done very efficiently and replaced with minimal disruption.
We have experienced plumbers that have completely re-piped/ re-watered many properties.

If your galvanised pipes begin to rust or corrode you may notice that your water becomes discoloured, usually a brownish colour and may contain visible particles. This discolouration is most noticeable first thing in the morning, or if your home has been unoccupied for a period of time. The water should run clear after running your taps for a few minutes – if you notice a reduction in water pressure along with this discolouration, this is usually a sign that your pipes need to be replaced.
We are happy to attend site an provide you with a quote for a property re-water.  Contact us