You will usually notice a problem with your sewerage drainage during heavy rains and seasonal storms. Your house drainage systems ought to efficiently handle any amount of increased water unless there is a blockage or damage at a point in the pipes. Then you will see some common signs that you have a blocked drain.
These signs according to Australian Building Code (BCA) may include any of the following:
- Water pooling around your house.
- Surface grates not clearing during heavy rain.
- Some sizable water that flows from your down pipes which should not be the case.
- Unusual sounds like gurgling coming from your drains.
What Are The Causes Of Blocked Drains?
Some of the factors that may cause your pipes to be blocked are:
- Tree Roots
They may cause up to 95% of blockages and damage to drainage pipes because the roots are drawn towards the water and nutrients that flows through your pipes. Even the hair-like root can penetrate the pipe work and grow into a large mass when it mixes with leaves and other debris flowing through the drainage system.
- Foreign Objects
If unwelcome objects like tree branches, leaves, stones or even dead animals find their way into your pipes or grates they will end up getting stuck and will cause a blockage of your drainage system.
- Broken Or Damaged Pipes
When your pipes have been damaged or they have collapsed with age, or because of other external factors your drainage system will back up as the water will not flow as expected.
- Lack Of Maintenance
It is very important to keep your gutters and pipes free of leaves, debris and other obstacles. If you have a gutter full of leaves these will be pushed into your drains and grates during heavy rain and eventually they end up causing a blockage.
- Incorrect Installation
If your drain pipes have been installed by someone else other than a professional plumber who is fully qualified there is a major risk that they may be installed incorrectly. You need to get a professional to do the job otherwise you may end up using more money than you initially saved by engaging in cheap labour.
What’s The Remedy?
A blocked system should be considered an emergency because the water eventually flows into the waterways causing a major health risk to the public, marine life and our environment.
In case you are suspicious that you could be having a drain system that is blocked, it is recommended that you act quickly therefore saving yourself money and limiting the potential damage to your home, the surrounding property and the environment as a whole.
Who Is A Reputable Plumber?
Hiring a professional plumber is a choice that many homeowners make in haste but it should not be so; the reason being that not all plumbing professionals are the same in terms of work quality and cost.
Before you engage any plumber please consider the following:
- You must find out for how long they have been in business. Although this encounter is not always a sign of top quality there is a proven relationship between the two. This could be done by requesting testimonials and asking about their previous jobs.
- An intelligent plumber will certainly have an extensive insurance coverage to ensure that everything is insured.
- Finding out which expert physical bodies the plumber is connected to will help to verify the legitimacy of the plumber and also their work.
The Australian Plumbers Association recommends that the tips should be followed in all the above scenarios. Remember that you should not choose the first plumber you call; you should call 3-4 plumbing contractors, explain your problem in details to each one of them and assess who best suits your requirements.