Do you have problems with blocked drains?

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Signs of a Blocked Drain


A stinky sink or drain hole indicates that household waste matter – including paper, fat and hair – has clogged the drainpipe. While it festers it blocks the water flow, causing a bad smell.


You’re probably quite used to everything flowing down your drain. As a result, it’s quite alarming seeing water spill back up. If your drain is overflowing, that means you’re facing a blockage.

Gurgling sounds

As water tries to flow around a local blockage in the drains there will be odd gurgles and other strangulated sounds coming from pipes, sinks and showers, indicating trapped air. Noises near bathtubs or showers may signify a blockage further down the line.

Slow to drain

If water in sinks, showers, baths and toilet bowls is slow to empty, pools or forms bubbles and backwash a blockage is obstructing the flow. If several fixtures are affected, for example the water level changes in the basin as well as the toilet bowl upon flushing, it suggests the blockage is located down the main sewer drain

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Causes of Blocked Drains

Tree roots
Be aware when tending and planning your garden that roots from plants and trees breaking into hairline cracks in older pipes are the number one cause of damage. This is even more likely during a long dry spell when plants are looking for a water source. Old clay pipes are also particularly vulnerable to tree root damage.

Wipes, tissues, sanitary products and excess loo paper can cause severe blockages. When sanitary products are placed in the toilet they expand, causing major drainpipe issues. While some wipe packaging indicates they can be flushed this isn’t the case.

Foreign objects
Start the lesson early: Kids’ toys should stay out of the toilet – for obvious reasons of hygiene as well as the expensive blockages they can form.

Cooking oil
If kitchen oil, fat and grease have been tipped down the sink they can coat pipes and harden into obstructions in the cold. Down the sewer line, the oil, grease and fat can form enormous ‘fatbergs’.

Regular shampooing will result in some hair loss that can clog drains in bathtubs and showers. If you wash your dog in the bath its hair can also end up blocking drains and pipes.

Natural Debris
Garden grills and gutters fill up with leaves, soil and other natural matter, especially during heavy rains and autumnal leaf drops. Uncleared debris blocks up gutters, drains and drainpipes.

Cat litter
As kitty litter is designed to clump and absorb moisture the last place you want it in your drains, so never put it down the toilet.

How to clear a Blocked Drain

1. Boiling Water
A straightforward non-toxic option is to carefully clean sink holes, drain holes and toilet bowls with boiling water. Avoid the sink seal. Boiling water breaks down grease, soap and food that binds objects into a clump and loosens blockages. Mix with detergent for tackling grease. Choose hot water rather than boiling water if you have PVC pipes

2. Natural drain cleaners
A great household non-toxic solution is the combo of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and white vinegar, reacting together to clean grease and break down solids. Flush drains with hot water afterwards to remove any residue. Also try commercial kind-to-earth cleaning fluids, such as bacteria-based enzyme cleaners. This solution won’t help with plastic objects or tree roots.

3. Caustic cleaners
They aren’t friends of the environment but commercial caustic cleaners, when used carefully, can dissolve tougher items like hair, as well as grease. Protect your hands and wear a mask, leave in chemicals for the recommended time and flush pipes with cold water afterwards to reduce chemical residue (hot water might react).  Caustic cleaners aren’t suitable for PVC pipes, older pipes and some pipe glues.

4. Plunger
Cup plungers are a practical non-chemical de-clogger of sinks. First cover the overflow drain with tape or a damp cloth to create a seal. For sufficient pressure in a double sink, seal the second drain. Pressing a plunger up and down over a drainage hole will create an air-based force that can shift obstructions. Even squeezing an empty milk carton over the sinkhole can create a jet of air. Use a flange or toilet plunger for clearing loos. Grease and mineral remnants don’t respond as well to plunging so may require another option.

5. DIY drain snake
From a coat-hanger, fashion your own version of a plumber’s snake to scrape away at minor close-by blockages, including hair or soap.  Or, buy a drain auger, a handheld version of the plumber’s snake.

6. Plumber’s drain snake
The ‘Eel’ or plumber’s snake can remove blockages near the drain opening. The tool has a sharp-tipped coil at the end of a cable and cuts away at blockages when it spins. It has a longer range than a handheld drain auger and benefits from being operated by a plumber.

7. CCTV drain inspection camera
CCTV drain inspection cameras are a great plumber’s tool to verify cracked and obstructed pipes. The camera is attached to a cable reel and guided through pipes providing a real-time inspection and identification of the problem.

8. High Pressure Water Jet
Hydro jets or high pressure water jets can move even the toughest blockages along. Plumbers should operate the equipment as the force is very strong. The water pressure from the water jet can blast tree roots and blockages out of the way.

9. Excavation
A severe blockage may require a plumber to dig out the area around the pipe, remove blockages, repair damage then replace the pipe and backfill. Old clay pipes can crack and collapse and the entire pipe may need to be dug up and replaced to clear the blockage.

10. Pipe Relining
A professional plumber can reline existing older pipes economically with an epoxy resin that hardens to make the pipeline watertight and resistant to tree roots that cause flooding or backed-up sinks and toilets. Before the relining, the plumber will employ CCTV and water jets to locate and clean out blockages. ‘No Dig’ pipe relining is an increasingly popular option for people who wish to repair their pipes without damaging their gardens.

How do we work on the different drain blockage issues?

Our procedures for fixing blocked drains include:

  1. We find the exact source of the drainage problem
  2. We fix the problem by using any of the methods be it plumber drain snakes, hydro jets, plunger, pipe relining, etc.
  3. We explain the reasons for the drain blockage and provide advice on how to reduce the chances of it happening again.
  4. We offer our maintenance services which you can time anyhow you want ie: it monthly, quarterly or yearly. But we would advise a shorter time maintenance period if your home is surrounded by trees.

Every job has its uniqueness and would require different tools and skills. For blocked drains Sydney, you should know prolific plumbing got you as we have a long history of fixing blocked drains in Sydney which has given us a lot of satisfied customers in the process and making us one of the go-to plumbing services for all your plumbing issues.

Most of the blocked drains we have worked on in Sydney are usually caused by loose and undermined pipework, some by tree roots, and a lot of other common causes due to the uniqueness of each situation we fix every blockage differently and use the necessary tools for them. You should be rest assured prolific plumbing got your blocked drain issues covered.

Some of the methods prolific plumbing use include:

  1. Plumbers drain snakes
  2. CCTV
  3. Hydro jets
  4. Excavation
  5. Pipe relining

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Tips to avoid blocked toilets

  1. Don’t treat your toilet like a garbage bin by throwing all forms of waste in it.
  2. Don’t flush anything that isn’t biodegradable. Only out in pee, poo, and toilet papers anything else can block your toilet.
  3. Don’t overload the toilet with too many toilet paper.

Trees that harm your drainage

To protect your drainage system, it is advisable you don’t plant some of these trees we list below close to within 10 meters of your sewer or water drain.

Trees are one of the major culprits that cause blocked drains and damaged pipe and some trees are known to do it more than others some of these trees include:

  • Illawarra flame trees
  • Jacaranda
  • Bunya pines
  • Sheoaks
  • Wisteria
  • Figs
  • Wattles.

We will urgently unblock drains

We treat Blocked Drains Sydney seriously as we understand the inconvenience they cause in your home. Prolific Plumbing in Sydney will first perform a visual inspection to identify the cause and unclog drains.

Our high-pressure water jet is capable of reaching upwards of 60000psi with water streaming from an outlet no bigger than a pinhead, what this means it has the ability to cut through tree roots, sanitary napkins and foreign matters lodged in the pipework, so you know with confidence we have the equipment necessary to get your Blocked Drain flowing.

Once we clear the blockage we also use our CCTV Camera to inspect your drain line and advise of conditions and remedies to prevent further blockages.

Our equipment also allows us to locate underground pipework with the use of a radiofrequency pipe locator, ensuring pinpoint accuracy of location of any damage or blockages we come across.


No matter the kind of job or time you need us, we would also be there, as we operate 24/7 all year round. Once you call us, we would assess the situation and give you a quote.

Prolific plumbing services is a leading plumbing industry company with a wide customer base in Sydney. Prolific plumbers have highly experienced plumbers who know to give high-quality services to all areas around Sydney.

Prolific plumbing service is based in Sydney, with one mission in mind – to serve the residents of Sydney with professional plumbing services in all areas of plumbing like gas fitting, leak detection, blocked drains, Hot water system installation, maintenance, and repair, leaking roofs and taps and all kind of plumbing issues you face in your buildings in Sydney.

Our service is 24/7 all year long to provide emergency plumbing services for our beloved customers. Our vehicles are fully equipped and stocked with plumbing materials and the latest technology and tools needed to deliver quality service in time. We don’t spend time sourcing materials as they are always already available in our vehicles.

Prolific plumbing has no hidden fees as you pay for our services after we have fixed the issue. You can pay using either card payment options, PayPal, AfterPay, Direct Deposit or cash.


  • Locally based in Sydney.
  • Honest and reliable
  • Upfront costs, no hidden charges
  • All the services are fully insured and licensed
  • Highly trained and certified plumbers having great communication skills
  • Emergency service is available 24 hours
  • Our emergency service ensures a quick and efficient job
  • We strive to get you the best outcome


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