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Signs you have a blocked toilet:
- Flushing the toilet and watching the bowl fill up and overflow
Having your toilet bowl overflow onto the can be a daunting experience and something you don’t want to happen regularly. Fortunately unblocking a toilet can be quite easy when you know how, call a plumber for an easy fix.
- Water not flushing away from the bowl when you flush the toilet
We have small CCTV cameras and locators available that will identify the cause of the blocked toilet drain, and help determine the best action, saving time and money. Often a simple plunge of your toilet is enough to clear the obstruction but for the more stubborn blockages may require removal of your toilet or a pressure jet down your drain.
- Water leaking around the toilet
A toilet cistern is basically a tank with an inlet valve and an outlet valve connected to your toilet pan. When your cistern leaks, it is generally caused by the rubber seal in one of these two valves not sealing on the seat. One of our plumbing professionals will be able to diagnose the cause of the problem and offer a cost-effective solution to repair your leaking toilet and have it operating correctly again in no time.
NOTE: If your toilet is clogged but the remainder of your drains seem to be operating correctly you may have an obstruction in your drain or in the trap seal of your toilet.
- We have the equipment required to effectively unblock your toilet.
If you think you have a blocked toilet in Melbourne then best to call your Local Plumbing Professional as they will have the experience, expertise and equipment needed to clear your blocked toilet and eliminate the risk of doing further damage.
What can cause a toilet to block?
- Kids Toys
Some of the more common causes of blocked drains are Children flushing toys or bathroom items down the toilet. This will form an obstruction in the drain, meaning next time your toilet is flushed, the paper will get caught on the obstruction as it tries to pass. This will cause an immediate blocked toilet or the build-up of paper over time will cause clogged drains in your drainage system and block your toilet.
Toilet deodorisers are another common item found to block toilets. If they become detached from the toilet bowl rim, they can easily be flushed down the drain causing problems and clogging up your toilet. Often the plastic mount of the deodoriser will get caught in the S bend of the toilet bowl, once again catching toilet paper on the way past and blocking the drain. Retrieval of the deodoriser is vital to prevent it entering the drain and causing major blocked drains to your home.
- Too Much Toilet Paper
Too much toilet paper being flushed down a toilet can cause it to block. The excess paper commonly gets caught on junction or tee intersections in the drainage system. The sewer then backs up in the drains and causes the toilet to flush away slowly, builds up in the bowl and overflow onto the floor. Baby wipes, tissues and sanitary items are all other causes of blocked toilets in Melbourne. Sewage drains are not designed to flush away these items and they, more often than not, get caught in property drains and cause sewers to block. If these items make it past the property boundary, they can cause serious environmental issues, as our drainage systems are not designed to process these items.
- Tree Roots
Tree roots in drains is another common cause of blocked toilets and can be expensive and cause extensive damage to drainage systems if not found and removed quickly and efficiently. Tree roots will enter the drain through cracked pipe work below ground, joints in older pipework “Earthenware” and any open access point there might be in your plumbing drainage system. A drainage system has sewer effluent running down it, which is a fantastic feeding ground for tree roots. Once inside they have all the nutrition they need to not only survive but thrive in the environment. If left to feed, they can cause extensive damage by cracking pipework and allowing the sewer to build up and leak into the ground causing moisture content issues around your homes footing and foundations.
At its worst drains may need to be excavated and the section of drain that is blocked with tree root may need to be removed and replaced. This can be an expensive exercise as location, depth of drain and access, all play a part in the cost of digging up drains.
- Collapsed Drains
Broken and collapsed drains can happen when a drain has been leaking, causing the surrounding bedding material and soil to be washed away. With no support, the drainpipes can break and collapse (ie: under a driveway). Once collapsed, the drain generally will need to be excavated and replaced. A collapsed drain will not only cause your toilet to block but depending on the location of the collapsed drain can cause other areas of your homes plumbing system drains to clog up. Once the drain has collapsed it allows the surrounding soil in the area to enter the drains and will cause further damage, so time is a key factor in limiting the damage and cost of repairs.
What Damage can be Caused by Blockaded Drains
Blocked drainage pipes can cause extensive damage to your home if not repaired quickly and correctly. Blocked pipes cause sewerage to back up in the pipework and can come out through floor waste drains in bathrooms, laundries, showers and baths. These all damage tiled areas and sub floor structures.
Undetected Sewage seeping from underground pipework around footings and foundations of your home or business can cause foundations to sink and move. This is caused by adding moisture content to the soil, meaning walls and floors will move and crack. These can all be expensive items to repair if the problem is not found and fixed quickly.
How we can help
At Essendon Plumbing Services we have all the tools and equipment on hand to retrieve any blockages and have your drains and toilet running freely again. We use drainage cameras (CCTV) to locate the blockage, retrieval tools both mechanical (drainage snake) and manual (hand auger), hydraulic (pressure jet) to flush out the drain and most importantly, we have experience to prevent damage and limit cost to repair your drains.
Our Guaranteed 1 hr response for all emergencies coupled with our 24/7, 365 days of the year service, makes Essendon Plumbing Services your experts at fixing blocked toilets in Melbourne. Call us now 03 9335 4755 or Book Online and experience the difference.
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