Blocked Drains & Pipes

Sewer Plumbing

Sewer plumbing is one of the essential systems in the home and consists of drainage and water supply pipework. Most drainage systems include a house drain, branch piping and connections and soil and waste stacks. Some properties may also have subsoil drainage elements. The sewer section of your plumbing links your drainage system to the street sewer (or other sewage disposal point). It will carry the discharge away from the house and yard drains, rain leaders and subsoil drains.

It is tremendously crucial that you maintain your sewer plumbing. If it becomes blocked or damaged, then it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair. One way in which you can extend the life of your sewer system and ensure it is free of blockages is by investing in a pipe relining service.

Sewer Maintenance

One of the main causes of damage to sewer plumbing systems is tree root infiltration. Tree roots can penetrate pipes damaging them and forming intrusive root balls that cause substantial blockages. It is essential that you carry out a survey of the sewer plumbing system on your property. The survey will assess whether there are any trees or large shrubs nearby that may impact the piping. Trees will actively seek out sewage pipes as they contain a constant water supply, so it is best to remove them before they can cause you problems in the future.

You should also inspect your sewer plumbing system annually and clear out gutters and downpipes which could carry debris into the underground system. Clear any rubbish that has accumulated in the house drain and check that water is running away smoothly. One indication that the sewer is backed up is when foul odours start coming up through the sink holes and toilet system in your home.

Pipe Relining

Pipe relining is a relatively straightforward technique that involves inserting new pipes into old, existing pipework. This provides a new shell through which water and sewage can flow and means that you do not have to spend out on expensive excavation works.

House sewers can be made from a number of different materials and the most common type these days are plastic pipes. These are manufactured from a strong, inert plastic such, as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Plastic pipes are much more resistant to corrosion than old fashioned metal piping. This material does not pass on any contaminants, such as copper or iron, into the water supply. PVC pipes are also lightweight, easy to work with, and cheap to manufacture. The result is a reduction in installation costs.

Sewer plumbing can be located underneath a number of different surfaces including concrete slabs and bitumen roads. This makes it particularly expensive to dig up piping and replace it if it becomes damaged. Pipe relining is a way of repairing plumbing by fitting new pipes inside existing ones WITHOUT THE NEED TO DIG and can save hundreds of dollars AND NO DAMAGE TO ANY SURFACES.