Ensuring that your sewage system is free of blockages is critical for several reasons. Besides proper sanitation, a clogged sewer drain can also result in significant pressure build-up damage to your sewage system.
Fortunately, Tunnel Vision has over 20 years of experience in cleaning blocked sewer pipes so you can rely on us to solve any drainage issue you might encounter.
If you suspect that you might have a blocked sewer drain, contact the professionals at Tunnel Vision today!
What Are the Signs of a Blocked Sewer Drain?
The easiest way to know if your sewer drain is becoming blocked is if your toilet, shower, or sink’s water level is beginning to drain slower than usual. If one or more of your drains aren’t draining at all, this is an indication that there might be a full blockage somewhere within your sewage system.
If you are noticing any of the above in your home, we recommend refraining from further using your drains until you get them checked by a professional drainage plumber like Tunnel Vision. If you continue to use them, pressure may build and cause a burst pipe, potentially resulting in flooding or severe water damage.
What Causes a Sewer Drain to Block?
There are many reasons as to why a sewer drain may become blocked, including:
Leaves & Garden Debris
Leaves, dirt and garden debris can wash into your sewerage drains during storms causing partial or full blockages. If you live on a property prone to an excessive amount of leaf litter and regular stormy weather, your sewerage drains may benefit from occasional drain cleaning to avoid your pipes becoming blocked. A way to minimise the amount of garden debris that is washed into your drains is to clean up as much as possible before a storm.
An almost unavoidable reason why drains become blocked is because of tree roots. As a pipe ages, small cracks can form. In an attempt to reach a water source, tree roots may work their way into pipes, causing blockages. If you have tree roots present within your sewer drains, Tunnel Vision can chemically remove them with RootX - a non-invasive and safe tree root control method that has minimal impact on the environment.
Anything that shouldn’t be down a pipe in the first place is bound to cause a blockage. Do not flush sanitary items or general rubbish down the toilet. Especially be on your toes if children are concerned - you never know what they might flush!
Who's Responsibility is the Blocked Drain?
Although you may be the one experiencing sewerage drainage issues, the fault may not necessarily lie with you. In Perth, if your drainage plumber determines that the blockage is caused by an issue outside of your property then it may be the Water Corporation’s responsibility to fix it. In this case, your plumber will contact the Water Corporation, and they will send out their plumbers to resolve the issue.
How Does Tunnel Vision Unblock Sewer Drains?
To begin, we will use our advanced CCTV drain cameras to determine what is causing the blockage and where it is located. Aside from providing a way for us to pinpoint plumbing issues with greater accuracy, our CCTV drain cameras have also greatly streamlined the inspection process, resulting in time and cost savings for our customers.
2. Clearing the Blockage
At Tunnel Vision, we have found the most effective way to clear a blocked drain is with our state-of-the-art drain cleaning equipment. We utilise a high-pressure drain jetter that can cut through debris and flush your pipes of any built-up excess material.
Our high-pressure jetting equipment can generate water pressure in the 2500 - 4000 psi range and can be adjusted to suit more fragile or speciality situations in accordance with the particular job. At Tunnel Vision, we use a nozzle that has been specifically designed to get into drains and pipes. This equipment will, in effect, remove all the blocking debris that has accumulated inside the blocked sewer pipe.
When removing tree roots, we use a chemical foam treatment called RootX. The solution will kill all roots that inhabit your drainage system and ensure they don't continue to grow. Based on the cause of your sewerage blockage, we will recommend further services or steps you can take to avoid having your sewer drains blocked again in the future.
3. Relining the Pipe
If your sewer drain had been damaged by tree root ingress, there used to only be one method to fix it - to get down and dirty with some digging. However, excavation and digging is not always a viable option. Using Nuflow’s advanced epoxy pipe relining technology, we can structurally repair damaged sewer pipes quickly and easily.
Why Choose Tunnel Vision To Unblock Sewer Drains?
With 20 years of experience, we know your sewers can become blocked at the most inconvenient times, so we provide a 24/7 emergency plumbing service to minimise downtime. At Tunnel Vision, we will provide you with comprehensive solutions to unblocking your sewer drains and suggest approaches to reduce your chances of experiencing the same issue in the future.