Jim’s Plumbing attended a job where the customer was unable to use their toilet or kitchen sink due to a severe blockage. We first attempted to use the electric drain cleaning machine and were unable to clear the pipes. Our next course of action was to put a CCTV drain camera down the drain. It quickly became evident that there was a breakage or obstruction that was not allowing the water to pass through.
What we discovered is that one of the bends in the plastic pipe was broken, as shown in the photo. This, in turn, had allowed tree roots to enter the drain and giving our customer blocked drains. Clearing this was going to be a lengthy task. Once pipes are damaged this badly, blockages will only become more frequent. The customer was given a fixed price for drainage excavation.
Within 2 hours, the plumber had an excavator arrive to commence digging down to the drain. With the use of the plumbers pipe locator, we could accurately locate the broken pipe and dig directly to the source.
An inspection point was also installed into the drain and bought this pipe up to ground level. This access point will allow a plumber to inspect the drain much easier and identify any future blockages. Once the pipework was replaced, we contacted a local plumbing inspector who came and inspected the drain to make sure it was all to regulation. Once this was passed, we commenced the back filling of the hole. Later that afternoon, the job was completed and our customer was once again able to use their drains.
At Jim’s Plumbing, we use the latest technology such as drain cameras and pipe locators which allow our plumbers to know exactly what the issue is and what needs to be done to fix it. We are able to show the customer the extent of the damage via the drain cameras monitor.
The advantage of this means there is no guesswork or process of elimination, minimising the time and work put into the process. Tree roots are the major cause of damage to underground pipes and drains. They can grow very quickly and once drains are damaged, it will become a more frequent issue.
With Jim’s Plumbing, our fully qualified plumbers will come out with a fully stocked van with everything needed to clear the drain, or if in a case like above, locate and repair the damage to stop any reoccurrences.
If you notice an issue with your drains, call one of our friendly customer service staff and let us take care of it. Stormwater drains commonly block up due to tree roots, dirt & silt lying in the pipes. If any damage to your stormwater pipes has occurred from the blockage, your attending Jim’s plumber will be able to supply you with a no obligation quote for the repair or replacement of drain sections.
No Interest Ever!** payment plan options available on Drain Excavation to help ease any financial stress this burden may cause. Whether you have a blocked toilet, basin, shower, waste or drain grate, or you have a sewer or stormwater blockage, our plumbers are experienced and can quickly and efficiently clean your blocked drains 24/7.