We like to share our knowledge and expertise! With his in mind, here are some frequently asked questions and common terms explained.
There are a few different types of drains, but here are the most common.
The sewer and stormwater pipes are your main responsibility so it is important to keep them maintained. The sewer pipe usually ends at the junction of the sewer main (which is owned by Sydney Water). The stormwater pipes end at the street gutter or connected to a council or private common drain.
Your plumber will assess the situation and usually charge Sydney Water for work carried out if it is deemed their responsibility.
Tree roots grow and are drawn to water through broken pipes or faulty joints, which leak and attract the tree roots.
The earth is moving all the time and gradual ground movement, expansion and contraction, introduction of large tree roots and heavy vehicle damage from roads above can all cause damage to underground drains.
Blocked drains leak into the ground and provide nutrients for tree roots to grow. This can be serious as the tree roots interfere with house foundations. Uneven soil moisture can also cause uneven bearing of house foundations.
The expert team at Aim Local Plumbing uses various methods depending on the necessity of the job. Specialised tools such as an electric eel, which is a spinning steel rod with a cutter on end. Or a high-pressure water jet with cutting heads which doesn't damage plastic pipes.
Aim Local use a closed circuit television camera (C.C.T.V), which is pushed through a clean drain on the end of a flexible cable to see where the blockage is occurring.
Yes you can, Aim Local use specialised electronic tracing equipment to locate underground drains.
You can't stop blockages happening from time to time but you can certainly reduce the chances of it happening by doing a thorough job the first time.
For immediate relief of a blocked drain you should clear the drain blockage with and electric eel or water jet and then clean regularly as tree roots grow will grow back into the pipes.
It is advised that you only excavate using the skills of a qualified plumber. There are strict safety guidelines and by using a qualified plumber you reduce the risk of larger excavations than necessary.
By law a broken pipe repair or replacement must be carried out by a licensed plumber.
Under guidance from your plumber, you can backfill; it is always wise to check first with a qualified plumber before going ahead.
Conditions apply, call for details. Residential Only. Only one offer per household, offers not applicable with any other offer, nor off any call out or after hours fees. Regular Business hours only. Home owners must be present. Drain offers and CCTV offers are only applicable to a residential blocked sewer drain which is accessible through an outdoor cleanout point. Any inspections will only identify areas we consider of concern and should not be considered a full written safety report.