What would you do if your drains were backed up and full of foul-smelling sludge? Some people would surely think that they should just call a plumber and have the problem fixed at the outset, but what if the problem is a few metres deep or was discovered by chance and you don’t want to take your water source away?
That’s exactly what happened with the third drain in my bathroom, where the second and third drain were backed up but not the blocked toilet that was making my shower go backwards. It took a local plumber a couple of hours to get to the situation but he fixed the blocked drain straight away. He told me that the reason it took so long was that I hadn’t been able to see the sludge, which only a local plumber could have spotted.
There are many homes that suffer from blocked drains in Launceston. The problem is particularly common where power lines come into contact with the ground, such as the path from my street leading from the car park onto my home, the soil surface next to the car park and near the train station and where the drainage system joins the earth.
My bathroom was almost totally full of sludge when the blockage was detected but the third drain, which hadn’t been checked for blocked sink before, was only partially blocked. When a Local Launceston Plumbing went in to fix the problem, he found that there had been a serious failure in the drain pipe which led to the sewer line becoming obstructed and become clogged.
The blockage caused by the third blockage wasn’t large and my water supply and shower had been disrupted for a short time, but it wasn’t much use to me at all as the main cause of the problem was actually a slow moving clog that had slowly formed in the blocked toilet, which was about 10 metres deep, had lasted four days and was now probably costing me thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement costs. Theplumber was also able to tell me that at least a couple of times a year, most homeowners find themselves with blocked drains in Launceston, as well as blocked toilets.
It’s often hard to imagine that we could have blocked drains in Launceston and that it would be an issue for the average homeowner, but the fact is that water is a natural medium, and pipes are just the conduit. Anything that the water comes into, including sewage, will eventually form some sort of obstruction and that is where the problem really lies.
When the main drain is blocked, the clog will often start on the outside of the pipe or pipes. Once the clog is inside the pipe, it will continue through the main drain, into the sewage pipe and then out again to be taken back into the toilet. All of this is possible as the pipes aren’t sealed properly.
If the blockage gets too big and can’t be dealt with by a plumber, they will sometimes be able to remove it without having to completely replace the pipe. In cases like this, a complete replacement will be required, but if the blockage is only a few metres deep, a few dozen square metres of pipe will be sufficient to remove the blockage. But, in some cases where a blockage is quite large, the entire pipe is required to be replaced.
There are many ways that water can come into contact with the wall of a blocked toilet. Water can come in from storm water running off the roof, it can come in from the rainwater collecting on the top of the toilet lid, it can also come in from opening and closing the toilet lid when in use and also from any accidents, such as the washing machine leaking water onto the toilet, washing machine or drain.
The blocked toilet is also a possible problem in older homes and it’s rare for the blocking to occur in newbuilt homes, where the plumbing systems have already been installed. Unfortunately, older homes often lack modern plumbing systems and some older homes also lack good drainage so that whenever the water comes into contact with a blockage in the drain, it backs up again into the toilet.
The truth is that many householders often don’t realise that the toilet is a cause of blocked drains in Launceston, but it is. easy to locate the problem and it’s very simple to clean up.