11.07
2023

How do plumbers unblock pipes?

While people often try to save money by unblocking pipes themselves, the easiest and most effective way to clear a blocked drain is to call a professional. They have the expertise and equipment to unblock pipes and ensure they stay clear for a long time. But how do they do it?

Licensed plumbers use a variety of equipment ranging from chemical cleaners to drain snakes and cable cleaners. At Sydney Premium Plumbing, we use a combination of the latest camera and jetter equipment to detect and unblock pipes successfully.

CCTV Cameras for unblocking pipesCCTV cameras

Sydney Premium Plumbing performs drain inspections using the latest available CCTV equipment. This involves using a specialised camera and cable that is snaked through the property’s pipes. The camera is connected to a screen allowing plumbers to inspect an almost 360-degree view of the pipes through a live feed. Once the plumber sees the problem via the screen, they can decide how to fix it.

CCTV inspections are great because there is no need to excavate, which is disruptive and time consuming. CCTV can easily detect not just blockages, but problems such as faulty joints, root invasions, leaks and debris. The camera is also used to confirm drains have indeed been successfully cleared of blockages and identify any risk of other blockages occurring in the future.

A CCTV inspection is a cost-effective and non-invasive way to find out what’s wrong with your pipes and where the problem lies exactly. CCTV is typically coupled with hydro-jetting.

Hydro-jettingUnblocking Drains - Sydney Premium Plumbing

Hydro-jetting clears drain blockages through the use of a high-pressure water machine. It comes with various nozzles – ranging from around 1500 to 5000 PSI (pounds per square inch).

Unlike traditional methods, hydro-jetting is strong enough to cut through tree roots, hair, and grease build-ups while flushing them out at the same time. This is helpful to ensure there is no leftover debris to cause build-ups in the future.

Hydro-jetting is an extremely effective method for clearing out residential and commercial pipes. Traditional drain-clearing machines like cable cleaners use spinning blades to cut through blockages. This means CCTV can’t be used at the same time as the blades would damage the camera cable. With hydro-jetters, it’s possible to use CCTV cameras at the same time, saving time and money.

Sometimes hydro-jetters can work too well and the pressure can be too much for old and fragile pipes. Luckily, plumbers are experts in determining what strength will work best for each pipe.

Let the professionals at Sydney Premium Plumbing help with the latest most innovative equipment available. Our CCTV inspections and hydro-jetting services will ensure your drains are cleared and stay clear for years to come.