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Fixture Pipe Blockage

Sewer

Fixed Price

$150

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • Hand Tools

  • Plunger

Job Type

This service is for clearing a blocked fixture and its fixture pipe. Toilet, Basin, Bath, Shower, Kitchen Sink or Laundry Tub.

More information here.

Information about this service

Plunging fixtures or drains does not clear or remove tree roots from your  branch drains or main drains underground. If the fixture cannot be cleared with hand tools or the fixture clears and then blocks again in the short term further drain clearing work will be required.

Drain Waste Blockage

Sewer

Fixed Price

$300

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • High Pressure Water Jet

  • Penetrating Nozzles

  • Flushing Nozzles

  • CCTV Drain Camera

Job Type

This service is for clearing a blocked sewer line caused by backed-up waste in your sewer pipes. No tree root intrusions.

More information here.

Information about this service

To provide a fixed price for this service your sewer line must be cleared and inspected through an existing accessible outdoor cleanout. If cleanouts are not available or not suitable any extra work required to gain access to your sewer line underground incurs additional charges.

Tree Root Blockage

Sewer

First Hour Minimum

$360

Extra Time

$150 / ½ hr

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • High Pressure Water Jet

  • Penetrating Nozzles

  • Flushing Nozzles

  • Root Cutting Nozzles

  • CCTV Drain Camera

  • Pipe & Fault Locator

Job Type

This service is for clearing a blocked sewer line caused by tree root intrusions growing into your sewer pipes.

More information here.

Information about this service

Tree root blockages are carried out on a do & charge basis due to their unpredictable nature. Your drain will have to be cleared of all backed-up waste material first and then inspected with a drain camera to assess the extent of any tree root intrusion before root cutting.

 

CCTV Drain Inspection

Sewer or Stormwater

First Hour Minimum

$300

Extra Time

$140 / ½ hr

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • CCTV Drain Camera

  • Pipe & Fault Locator

Information about this service

We can only visually inspect drains that are not blocked. The drain being inspected must be clear enough for our equipment to negotiate through the pipe. If the drain needs clearing for us to carry out the camera inspection, water jetting to clear the drain will incur additional charges. Most CCTV drain inspections are completed within the hour unless access to the drain is difficult, the drain is blocked, or extra work is requested by the customer.

Drain Blockage

Stormwater

First Hour Minimum

$380

Extra Time

$170 / ½ hr

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • High Pressure Water Jet

  • Penetrating Nozzles

  • Flushing Nozzles

  • Root Cutting Nozzles

  • CCTV Drain Camera

  • Pipe & Fault Locator

Information about this service

We do not run high pressure water jet equipment through metal down pipes, flexible draincoil ag pipe, or stormwater easements and limited service through 90mm PVC stormwater pipes.

Foreign Object Blockage

Sewer or Stormwater

First Hour Minimum

$380

Extra Time

$170 / ½ hr

Price Includes GST

Included Equipment

  • High Pressure Water Jet

  • Penetrating Nozzles

  • Flushing Nozzles

  • Root Cutting Nozzles

  • CCTV Drain Camera

  • Pipe & Fault Locator

Information about this service

If the drain is blocked the drain will need to be cleared of any backed-up waste material or tree root intrusions, then camera surveyed to locate the foreign object. If the foreign object has been cleared away during water jetting our work is finished, if not, how to remove the foreign object from the drain can then be determined. High pressure water jet equipment is not designed to retrieve foreign objects from drains it is designed to push or flush the foreign object through the drain. Foreign objects can be jammed inside drains, if this is the case excavation may be the only option to remove the foreign object.

 

How to read our blocked drain prices for sewer blockages

Reading the following information should answer most if not all questions you may have about our blocked drain prices for sewer lines. If not, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Reading time 3 minutes.

Blocked Sewer Lines

Sewer lines can block up for many varied reasons and blockages can be found anywhere within your sewer system however we can put most sewer blockages into three categories.

  • Fixture Pipe Blockage

  • Drain Waste Blockage

  • Tree Root Blockage

First Things First. Clearing blocked drains always starts with an initial assessment of the blocked drain.

Fixture Pipe Blockage

 

The Fixture Pipe is the small pipe (40mm – 50mm) that connects a Plumbing Fixture inside your home to the larger Branch Drain (100mm) under the floor underground. As Fixture Pipes are not underground, they do not suffer from tree root intrusion and are usually just blocked with waste material flushed down the pipe by the occupants which usually only requires a plunger to clear the Fixture Pipe. We don’t clear many Fixture Pipe Blockages as most homeowners will use their own plunger or some other tool to clear this type of blockage for themselves. If you have tried plunging the blocked Fixture yourself without success or plunging the Fixture has cleared the drain for only a short period of time or multiple Plumbing Fixtures are blocked at the same time or you have sewage overflow outside of the house, then the blockage will most likely be a Drain Waste Blockage or Tree Root Blockage in a Branch Drain or the Main Drain which will require water jetting and inspection.

Drain Waste Blockage

 

Branch Drains and Main Drains are larger sewer pipes underground (100mm - 150mm). Blockages in Branch Drains and Main Drains are the most common type of sewer line blockage. If your sewer pipes are not damaged or defective in any way, there will not be any tree roots growing into your sewer pipes underground which means the blockage will only consist of one thing, backed-up waste material flushed down the sewer line by the occupants. Waste Blockages in drains are easier and quicker to clear than more complex Tree Root Blockages and usually only require penetrating and flushing nozzles to clear the backed-up waste material in one section of the sewer line. After the sewer line is running clear a CCTV camera inspection can then be carried out to confirm the sewer line is clear and there are no tree roots growing into your drains which will confirm the blockage was only a Drain Waste Blockage. All sewer line blockages are unpredictable until a visual inspection has been carried out however Drain Waste Blockages are a lot more predictable than Tree Root Blockages which explains why we offer a fixed price for this service provided we can access the underground sewer line and clear the blockage via an existing accessible outdoor access point called a "Cleanout". 

 

Tree Root Blockage

Tree Root Blockages are only found in underground branch drains and main drains that are damaged or defective in some way or another allowing tree roots to grow into your sewer line. Tree Root Blockages are unpredictable and more difficult and complex to clear than Drain Waste Blockages as this type of blockage consists of three things, tree root intrusions, backed-up waste, and damaged sewer pipes. To clear a Tree Root Blockage the sewer line will need to be cleared of backed-up waste with penetrating and flushing nozzles in the same way we clear a Drain Waste Blockage to allow us a clear enough drain to carry out a camera inspection of the sewer line to determine the extent of the tree root problem. We can then use our CCTV drain camera equipment and root cutting nozzles to cut and flush away tree root intrusions. How long this will take will be based on the size and extent of the tree root problem. Some homeowners will only have minimal damage to a short section of their sewer line and a small tree root problem which may be cleared within an hour while others will have more extensive damage to multiple sections of drain and a larger tree root problem which will obviously take longer, for that reason, tree root blockages are carried out on a do & charge basis.

Scheduled Servicing

 

If you are one of the many homeowners who already know you have established tree root intrusions growing in your drains and have been servicing your sewer line on a regular basis to remove the tree roots to keep your sewer line running, our Tree Root Blockage service will apply to you. 70% of our work is servicing existing customers who require regular root cutting to remove tree root regrowth to maintain a clear and functioning sewer system because they have made a decision to not repair the damage to their sewer pipes which is allowing tree roots to regrow back into their drains. Cutting tree roots inside drains is like pruning a hedge, once the roots have been cut away, they will grow back again over time causing recurring tree root blockages.

It is also possible to have damaged sewer pipes without tree root intrusions causing recurring Drain Waste Blockages however if you do have tree roots growing into your drains you will also have damaged pipes as in this instance you cannot have one without the other. If you are sick and tired of having recurring sewer blockages and continually clearing tree roots from your drains, you can talk to us about permanent sewer and drain repair options to stop this from happening.

If you are still not sure what type of blockage you have or where the blockage is in your private sewer pipes, you can call me (Mark) on 0414 516 215, and I will ask you some simple questions to help you identify the location and type of the blockage you are experiencing. I have been a licenced Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, LP Gasfitter and Roof Plumber for 45 years and in that time, I have personally cleared over 30,000 blocked drains. I apply attention to detail which explains the detail on this website and the level of service that I provide. :)

Sewer Line Diagram Bathroom Example (Earthenware - VCP)

 

Your sewer drainage system consists of three sections.

  • Fixture Pipes - A Fixture Pipe (40mm - 50mm) connects a single Plumbing Fixture inside your home to its Branch Drain under the floor underground. Fixture Pipes are above ground inside your house and are usually PVC pipes. If you look under your Basin, Kitchen Sink or Laundry Tub you will see that Plumbing Fixtures "Fixture Pipe".

  • Branch Drains - Every Plumbing Fixture in your home also has a dedicated Branch Drain (100mm) under the floor underground that carries the waste from a single Plumbing Fixture to the Main Drain outside the house. Your Fixture Pipes are connected to your Branch Drains and your Branch Drains are connected to your Main Drain. Your Branch Drains can be earthenware or PVC pipes. You will have multiple Branch Drains and they are usually found under your home underground, and they are called "Internal Drainage".

  • Main Drain - This is a single sewer line (100mm - 150mm) underground that runs from your house down to the point of connection with the Sydney Water Sewer Main Line. Your Main Drain carries waste the from all the Plumbing Fixtures, Fixture Pipes and Branch Drains inside your home down to the Sydney Water Sewer Main Line. Your Main Drain can be earthenware or PVC pipes and are usually found outside of your house. We call this part of your sewer system "External Drainage".

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1 - Sydney Water Sewer Main Line (Owned by Sydney Water)

2 - Sydney Water Manhole Access Chamber

3 - Point of connection with Sydney Water Sewer Main Line

4 - Main Drain (External Drainage located outside of house)

5 - Branch Drains (Internal Drainage located under house)

6 - Main Drain Inspection Opening (IO) (Underground)

7 - Branch Drain Inspection Opening (IO) (Underground)

8 - Main Inspection Shaft (IS) (Required on all sewer lines)

9 - Sewer Cleanout (CO) (Not all homes have Cleanouts)

10A - Toilet Pan - Direct connection to Branch Drain

10B - Basin - Fixture Pipe connection to Branch Drain

10C - Bath - Direct charging connection to Floor Waste P Trap

11A - Overflow Relief Gully (ORG) P Trap (For sewage overflows)

11B - Shower - Direct connection to Branch Drain via P Trap

11C - Floor Waste - Direct connection to Branch Drain via P Trap

12 - Stack Branch - Servicing 2nd floor Plumbing Fixtures

13 - Pipe length - Before 1980 - 600mm | After 1980 - 1200mm

14 - Pipe length house to main line - 5 metres to 100 metres

15 - Vent line - Servicing vent pipe to above roof

16 - Sewer line upstream servicing kitchen, laundry & ensuite

Quite frankly, what we don't know about drains is not worth knowing