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What’s causing your blocked drain?

brisbane blocked drains articleIn Brisbane, blocked drains in industrial and commercial premises often require more serious attention than those in domestic situations where vinegar, hot water and a plunger are sometimes sufficient to fix a problem.

The first question that should be asked is ‘what is causing the blocked drain?’

Here at Cottee Plumbing, Brisbane, our first step is to inspect your blocked drains, for which we have CCTV drain cameras with long distance reach which allow us to explore the drainage system, identify the problem and assess its severity. We often show clients a DVD recording of the drain camera inspection prior to going ahead with a repair. We are then able to deploy a variety of devices to tackle blocked sewers and pipes, dependent upon the blockage.

More often than not we are able to clear drains using an ‘electric eel’. The electric eel is essentially a spinning steel cable with a cutting head that we feed into the plumbing system, which chews the blockage when it comes into contact with it.

When an electric eel isn’t tough enough to clear a blocked drain we deploy the high-pressure jet rod. Jet rodding is a newer and far more effective technology intended for the cleaning of larger applications such as sewer drains, and it blasts with so much pressure that it can even cut through tree roots.

Unfortunately not all drain blockages are so straightforward. In a recent Brisbane job, when we inspected the sewer with our CCTV drain camera we discovered that the sewer drain had a major break, which had caused the pipe itself to partially collapse, needing a complete excavation and repair. It had created a very serious blockage which no amount of vinegar and plunging was ever going to fix!

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