plumbing inspection sydney
  • March 24, 2021
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Plumbing inspection Sydney is a specialty that not all building inspection services offer. This is very essential as plumbing systems are areas that shouldn’t be overlooked as they can pose a huge risk to your property. One of the common plumbing issues is clogged drainage.

Blocked Drainage Overview

Nobody likes the idea of clogged plumbing pipes. If plumbing water encounters a full or partial obstruction, the water will direct itself and cause reactions such as flooding to low pressure and slow drainage. Some issues may cause mild headaches, while others can lead to significant damage and costs. 

Many people want to know how to prevent several types of clogged plumbing situations or they want solutions to some existing problems. In-depth knowledge about the causes of clogged drains is the best insurance against problems and is always a great preventative measure to take against hazardous blockage. 

If these are your concern, then the best solution is to call a plumbing inspection Sydney. What you know may help you avoid and identify the problems.

It may seem to be a simple task to find a drain clog and remove it, but fixing clogged pipes can be complicated and only a professional plumbing inspection Sydney can do it for you. This depends on where the clog is located, what it consists of, and what must be done to access and remove it.

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

Sewer and water drainage systems are configured like a tree and its branches. There’s a mainline that is usually the biggest in diameter. The sublines run off those that are usually smaller in size.

While the toilet is the most common place where clogs come from, they can start, build, and affect function in and from any location in the system. A blockage can build and lodge itself anywhere, but the plumbing inspection Sydney analysis will narrow down the possibilities.

You’ll be able to see what’s happening and what the problem it exactly affects. If some part of the water or sewer main is clogged, the issue can affect the entire household or building. If something sticks in one of the sublines, whatever is happening will likely be isolated to one area or section of the building.


Hair can accumulate to the point where it creates slow flow or total blockage. It’s normal that your hair falls out of your heads naturally, but you can try to protect the drain as much as possible with small screens and good practices. You can sweep the hair out of sinks and clean the hairbrushes over the trash can.

If you see hair accumulate on the drain, or maybe hanging from it, use long tweezers or needle-nose pliers to pull the hair out regularly, as opposed to letting it sit or wash down the drain. There are also several drain screens available that keep hair from going down the drain and make removal easier.

Fat, Oil, and Grease

Fat, oil, and grease are enemies of plumbing and all its accessories. Plumbing inspection Sydney always educates our customers on the benefits of keeping oily substances from going down the drain, where they can build up and cause clogs.

Employees in a commercial establishment must have specialised training on what does and doesn’t belong in the drain and public system. However, many people in min private places could benefit from the same knowledge.

It’s common for everyone to know that pouring a pan of bacon grease down the drain or garbage disposal. But, you may not think of some things that contain fat, oil, or grease. For example, trimmings from meat or steak, vegetable oil, butter, cream, chocolate, and more.

It’s easy to think that water washes everything along, but fats are sticky, binding substances that are prone to causing buildups and clogs. The trash can is a far better place to dispose of fat, oil, or grease. 

Bacon grease and other fats and oils can be left to cool and will solidify for easy cleanup. Another recommended practice is to pour the grease or oil into the disposable container and toss it in the trash.

Feminine Hygiene

Feminine hygiene products and baby diapers pose a danger to plumbing pipes because they don’t biodegrade and contain cotton and other fibres that can clog and further attract other clogging agents. Neither are biodegradable, and both pose a threat to private and public systems alike.

The sewer treatment contains microorganisms that break down the human waste. However, they don’t disintegrate anything but that even when tampon applicators and pad wrappers may claim to be flushable.

“Flushable” wipes

Flushable wipes are harmful to the system. Some cities and other entities responsible for wastewater processing and management have begun to discourage people from using flushable wipes. Plumbing inspection Sydney found this a very common issue to every property we inspect.

Last 2018, Sydney Water stated that 75% of all sewer blockages in the waste-water system involved wipes. For this reason, White King has been fined A$700,000 for the misrepresentation of so-called flushable wipes. These wipes, just like the common bathroom tissues don’t break up when flushed and are only “flushable” because they can fit into the wipe.

The truth about thick toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels, light cardboard, and other paper products is that they’re not made to be flushed down the toilet. Home and commercial plumbing systems have the capacity to accept and process water, biodegradable toilet paper, and human waste. That’s it.

Tree Roots

Tree roots are widely recognised as the primary cause of blockage and clogs in water and sewer mains. Even if it’s common to find tree roots invading the pipes of older homes, the roots can find their way into systems of any age. Plumbing inspection Sydney experts state that gurgling sound is the first sign of tree root invasion.

Just like living things, the tree roots seek moisture and are less naturally drawn to the water in waste and sanitary sewer pipes, especially if one has a crack or springs some other kind of leak.

If you live in a wooded area, it’s important to be on the lookout for any tree root invasion. Some people decide to have a plumbing inspection Sydney done every few years since the service cost is dramatically lower than addressing a neglected issue.

Benefits of Hiring a Plumbing Inspection Sydney

Hiring a plumbing inspection Sydney should be high at the top list of your priorities if you suspect about clogged drains and other plumbing issues to your property.

The cost of plumbing inspection Sydney far outweighs the cost of plumbing repairs. Uncovering the issue before it becomes a big problem can save money as well as give you peace of mind that you’re not going to have future problems.

Plumbing Inspection Sydney can identify issues such as:

  • Blocked drains
  • Damaged pipes
  • Tree root intrusion
  • Leaking pipes
  • Running toilets
  • Dripping taps

Visit our Help Centre or Contact Effective Building & Consultancy for more details about getting a complete plumbing inspection Sydney today!

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About Elie Farah

Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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