When it comes to your plumbing, sewage is definitely not something to muck about with – with the emphasis on the word ‘muck’. Remember, it’s those sewer lines, pipes and drains that play the vital role in getting waste from your home or premises into the community’s sewage management and treatment system – with all the huge convenience, health and safety benefits. So what if you suspect you’re dealing with a blocked sewer drain?
Before we get into how to unblock a sewage drain with some methods you can try for yourself, let’s get a better handle on whether you really are dealing with a blocked sewer:
Are multiple fixtures clogged?:
A single clog is one thing, but if multiple of your plumbing fixtures are backed up at the same time, that’s a sure sign of a blocked sewer drain. The toilet is probably affected, but so too can any or all of your other low-lying fixtures including showers and baths.
Noticing unusual behaviours/sounds?:
If your toilet isn’t flushing properly (or not flushing at all!), that’s the sort of unusual plumbing behaviours we’re talking about here. Also noticeable may be unfamiliar gurgling, which is a tell-tale sign that you need to look into unblocking sewage pipes, but also wastewater that’s backing up, rising water levels, or drain issues when operating appliances such as washing machines.
Here’s a DIY method for unblocking sewage pipes
Now that you’re pretty sure you really are dealing with a blocked sewer drain, let’s get into how to try unblocking it for yourself. If you’re tempted to simply ignore the problem, take the time to re-consider – because what might be a little problem today could cause you major grief down the road. In the worst cases, you could be dealing with extremely unsafe and unhealthy wastewater right under your nose and feet, and much bigger repair bills and damage.
Before proceeding with how to unblock a sewage drain, here’s a warning: It could get messy! If you really don’t know what you’re getting yourself into by messing about with a blocked sewer, skip to the end and call your trusted Gold Coast plumber right now.
1. Find that sewer drain
We’re talking about the main sewer line here, which will involve finding the external outlet and removing the cap or cover. Once open, allow any build-up of gunk to drain itself out.
2. Insert an auger
If the word ‘auger’ is unfamiliar here, it’s still not too late to skip to the end. That’s because there are a few different kinds, but all will involve a cable whose job it is to get where your hands won’t go in that sewer drain in order to break up the blockage. Drain augers are like drain snakes but for bigger pipes like your sewer.
3. Complete the process
If successful, you’ll notice that water level subside and – hopefully – be completely cleared, but continue using that auger for a while to get at any smaller clogs that might become an issue in the future. Once finished, don’t forget to replace the drain cap properly.
Ask an expert how to unblock a sewage drain today
Remember: If you’re not confident, or the nature of your blocked sewer drain means it’s slipped into the emergency category, stop reading and simply give Gold Coast Plumbing Experts a call right now – no matter the time of day.
That’s because unblocking sewage pipes is not always a simple matter of fishing out too much toilet paper. It could actually be a breakage, collapse, a tree root invasion, or a much more complex or out-of-reach blockage or more serious plumbing infrastructure problem. Only the true experts will come equipped with:
- Powerful augers
- Sophisticated CCTV drain cameras for pinpoint accuracy
- Ultra high-pressure jet rodders
- Innovative sewer pipe relining and pipe patching methods/equipment for non-invasive repairs.
If you want to know more about how to unblock a sewage drain, or you simply want licensed, experienced blocked drain plumbers to handle everything for you, get in touch with Gold Coast Plumbing Experts at any time.