A blocked sewer can quickly lead to problems for any building – residential or commercial. If the issue isn’t taken care of swiftly, the consequences can be costly, frustrating, and downright unpleasant. If you know or suspect that problems with your building’s pipes are being caused by blocked sewerage, we encourage you to get in touch with our expert team as soon as possible. Using our state-of-the-art technology and techniques, we can have all your water flowing smoothly again in no time.
What Can You Do?
We often take for granted the network of pipes around our properties that remove water and waste on demand. Until they stop working, that is. Regularly paying just a bit of attention to your sewer pipes can prolong their life, prevent leaks, and help you avoid expensive repairs.
Start by familiarising yourself with your drainage system. In particular, note the location and condition of:
- Your property’s overflow relief gully (ORG)
- Your property’s inspection opening to surface (IOS) if there is one
The ORG is the drain-like feature with a grated lid, which you’ll find on the ground somewhere on your property. It directs overflows outside your home if you have a blocked sewer pipe. Meanwhile, an IOS provides a handy access point to the underground pipes. One of these can be installed by a licensed drainer if necessary.
Knowing where these key features are enables you to check them regularly and ensure there are no warning signs of blocked sewerage. For example, you should make sure your ORG’s grate is loosely fitted and that there are no pot plants, tiles or other objects covering it.
Preventing Blocked Sewers
Of course, the best way to deal with a blocked sewer pipe is to prevent it from getting blocked in the first place! Here’s a quick explanation of four leading causes of blocks and what you can do to counter them.