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Introduction: An Overview of Sewer Line Blockages

Sewer line blockages can be a serious plumbing issue for homeowners and businesses alike.

When something obstructs the flow of wastewater through the main sewer line, it prevents the proper drainage of sinks, showers, toilets and other fixtures. Left untreated, a blocked sewer line can lead to sewage backups, flooding, foul odours and potential health hazards.

At Blacktown Plumbing, we understand how stressful and disruptive a blocked sewer can be. We utilise state-of-the-art equipment like sewer cameras and hydro-jetting to clear even the toughest clogs.

With years of experience tackling all types of drain blockages, our skilled technicians have the expertise to diagnose the cause and restore proper flow as quickly as possible.

Some common causes of sewer line blockages include:

  • Tree roots infiltrating and growing into old pipes
  • Accumulation of grease, fats and oils that build up over time
  • Flushing unsuitable materials down toilets like baby wipes, feminine products, dental floss, etc.
  • Buildup of soap scum, hair, dirt and other debris

Catching a clog early and contacting professionals for sewer cleaning can often prevent extensive damages. We encourage customers to be alert for common warning signs like gurgling noises from plumbing fixtures, very slow drainage, sewage odours, and bubbling up from drains or toilets.

At Blacktown Plumbing, we offer 24/7 emergency services to tackle blocked sewer lines and get your plumbing functioning properly again. Our expert technicians will thoroughly assess the issue and recommend the best solution. Trust us for quality workmanship and outstanding customer service.

Tree Roots Are a Leading Cause of Sewer Line Blockages

One of the most common causes of blocked sewer lines that we see at Blacktown Plumbing is intrusion by tree roots. One of the most common causes of blocked sewer lines that we see at Blacktown Plumbing is intrusion by tree roots.

Over time, the roots grow larger inside the pipes, forming dense root masses that obstruct wastewater flow.

Mature trees like elms, figs, cottonwoods and willows are particularly aggressive when it comes to their root structures. Their fast-growing roots can quickly seek out and invade underground sewer pipes. Even smaller shrubs or bushes planted too close to the main sewer line can cause issues as their root systems expand.

As the roots fill the pipes, they catch all manner of debris floating by, causing a gradual clog. Telltale signs of sewer line root intrusion include gurgling sounds from drains, very slow drainage from fixtures, or sewage backing up and overflowing from toilets or sinks during heavy water use.

If you suspect root invasion in your sewer pipes, call the team at Blacktown Plumbing right away. We have advanced sewer cameras that can inspect the full length of your underground pipes and confirm any root infestations. Our high-pressure water jetting can then scour away intruding roots and restore proper drainage.

To prevent roots from damaging your sewer system, avoid planting trees and shrubs near main sewer lines. To prevent roots from damaging your sewer system, avoid planting trees and shrubs near main sewer lines.

If you have large trees already growing above or near your lateral pipes, be vigilant and call us at the first sign of any drainage issues.

Grease Buildup Can Cause Significant Sewer Line Blockages

Over time, pouring fats, oils and grease down your drains can lead to major blockages in your sewer line. As grease cools, it congeals and sticks to the inside walls of pipes. This grease eventually accumulates into a thick layer that traps food particles and other debris passing through.

This gradual buildup of grease restricts wastewater flow, causing slow drainage and sewage backups. Without proper cleaning, the grease continues accumulating until it completely clogs sewer pipes. Grease-related blockages are completely preventable through responsible disposal of oils and fats.

At Blacktown Plumbing, we have extensive experience clearing grease-clogged sewer lines. Our high-pressure jetting can cut through thick grease deposits and scour pipes down to the bare surface. We also provide tips like collecting oils/fats for proper disposal rather than pouring them down sinks.

Installing screens over drains can also catch excess grease before it even enters your pipes. With regular maintenance like sewer jetting, we can help keep your lines clear and flowing freely.

Flushing 'Unflushable’ Items Down Toilets Leads to Sewer Line Issues

Flushing anything besides toilet paper and human waste down your toilets can lead to blocked drains and sewer line issues over time. Many common bathroom items marked as “flushable” like baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, facial tissues, cotton balls, and more do not break down like toilet paper.

When flushed down the toilet, these unflushable items collect together and get tangled up into giant clumps as they move through your pipes. These clumps get trapped and slowly accumulate more debris, forming an obstructive clog that constricts wastewater flow. Partial clogs can still allow some drainage initially but will worsen over time.

Avoid using products marketed as flushable or disposable via the toilet. Educate children on proper toilet usage as well.

Any wipes, feminine products, cotton items, dental floss, and more should be disposed of in the trash instead. Preventative steps include being mindful of flushing only toilet paper designed to dissolve in water.

For existing clogs caused by flushable wipes or items, don’t hesitate to call our team at Blacktown Plumbing. We have the latest sewer cameras to pinpoint any obstructions and hydro jetting equipment to thoroughly clear out accumulated clumps or debris. Trust us to get your drains and sewer flowing freely again.

Pipe Misalignment and Damage Can Obstruct Sewer Lines

Issues like pipe misalignment, displaced joints, cracks, and general wear can all contribute to blocked drainage. When sections of sewer pipes settle at different rates or shift due to soil movement, it causes misaligned joints. Gaps open up where solid waste can get caught and accumulate.

Cracked, broken or collapsed sewer pipes create obstructions and catch passing debris. Tree roots often infiltrate existing cracks, accelerating pipe damage. General pipe corrosion and wear also cause rough sections inside that snag debris.

Any of these pipe defects will gradually build up solid waste until sewage flow is partially or fully blocked. Warning signs include gurgling sounds, very slow drainage, and the simultaneous backup of multiple fixtures. Sewage may even overflow sinks or tubs.

If you suspect pipe damage as the culprit behind your blocked drains, call Blacktown Plumbing right away. Our professional team will utilise sewer cameras to thoroughly inspect your system and pinpoint any damaged pipes or misalignments. We can then recommend the best repair or replacement solutions to resolve the issue and prevent future blockages.

With many years of experience behind us, you can rely on our expert technicians to diagnose any underlying pipe problems contributing to your blocked drains. We use the latest technology and proven methods to keep wastewater in your home flowing freely.

Preventing Future Sewer Line Blockages

While it’s impossible to completely prevent sewer line blockages from ever occurring, there are several steps homeowners can take to minimise the chances and help avoid future problems:

Avoid Putting Anything Down Drains Except Human Waste and Toilet Paper

This is the number one rule to help keep sewer lines clear. Never pour fats, oils or grease down sinks or toilets. Use sink strainers to catch food particles.

And only human waste and toilet paper should go down toilets – no wipes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cotton balls/swabs, etc.

Install Screens Over All Drain Openings

Adding screens over all floor drains, sinks, tubs and laundry drains can prevent excess hair, debris and toys from slipping down and accumulating in sewer pipes.

Flush Pipes with Hot Water Regularly

Running very hot water through your drains on a monthly basis helps dissolve buildups of fats and soaps before they turn into blockages. Alternate between fixtures to flush entire system.

Have Regular Sewer Scope Inspections

Early detection of issues like roots or pipe damage lets you repair problems before major blockages occur. Annual sewer camera inspections allow us to assess the integrity of your pipes.

Update Old Pipes Prone to Root Invasion

If tree roots are penetrating cracked pipes, replacement with smooth PVC pipes stops future root intrusions and blockages.

Even with diligent maintenance, plumbing emergencies happen. Trust the experts at Blacktown Plumbing for reliable drain cleaning and repairs to tackle any sewer line issues. Our preventative maintenance plans also help optimise your plumbing system.

Professional Drain Cleaning Services for Stubborn Blockages

Plumbing blockages can quickly turn from a nuisance into a serious problem. When drains become backed up, your home or business is at risk of flooding, foul odours, and potential health hazards.

At Blacktown Plumbing, we specialise in clearing even the most stubborn drain clogs with our professional-grade equipment. Our team has the expertise to correctly diagnose any drainage issue and restore proper flow.

We utilise cutting-edge technology like sewer cameras to pinpoint blockages, and hydro jetting to scour away years of accumulated grease, waste, and debris. Our high-powered water jets exert up to 5000 PSI of pressure – enough to clear clogged pipes up to 300 feet long.

Some key drain cleaning services we provide include:

  • Main Sewer Line Cleaning – We have the equipment and experience to clear residential or commercial sewer line clogs no matter how severe.
  • Kitchen Drain Cleaning – Buildups of grease, fats, and food scraps are no match for our drain cleaning methods.
  • Shower & Bathtub Drain Cleaning – Hair and soap scum cause many stubborn shower and tub clogs we routinely clear.
  • Bathroom Sink & Toilet Drain Cleaning – For slow bathroom drains, we use specialised augers, and hydro jetting to remove obstructions.

With two decades of drain cleaning experience under our belts, Blacktown Plumbing can solve any blocked drain problem quickly and efficiently. Trust our professional technicians to restore full drainage and prevent future headaches.

Don’t let a plumbing emergency disrupt your home or business. Call our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment or get a free quote for your drain cleaning needs.

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