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5 Most Common Australian Plumbing Problems

There are different plumbing problems facing households and businesses across Australia. Some of these issues occur more regularly than others.

One of the most common plumbing problems in Australia is a blocked toilet caused by an obstruction down the pipe; a plunger or plumbing snake can help eliminate this problem. Plumbers are also often called out because of blocked drains, which can be fixed using a plunger or grease-removing chemical. Leaky tap is another common plumbing problem, usually caused by a damaged washer and rectifiable with the replacement of such a washer. Hot water heater problems are also commonly occurring and best fixed by a plumber. Yet another common plumbing problem is weak water pressure in the shower brought about by lime scale build-up, which can be remedied by soaking the shower head in a de-scaling solution.

Pipe Relining Costs in Australia

Pipe relining is becoming more and more accepted as an alternative and more effective approach to pipe repairs. Costing of this type of repairs is usually done on a per-foot or per-metre basis. Pipe relining costs can range from $75 to $250 or higher per foot and around $500 to $1,200 per metre. However, how much you will pay for a pipe relining project is not fixed. Costs vary from place to place and between projects. A variety of factors usually come into play. These factors that influence costing include diameter of the pipe to be repaired, size of project, ease of access to the damaged pipe and the number of companies offering pipe relining services in your area.

Pipe Relining (Trench-less Pipe Repair) vs. the Traditional Method of Repair

Pipe replacement was virtually the only way of getting pipe issues fixed in the past. But pipe relining has emerged to challenge the traditional method of doing repairs and more people are embracing this new technology by the day. One of the reasons for the increasing popularity of pipe relining is that it significantly reduces the need for digging and excavation that are associated with pipe replacement.

This new approach to repairs also saves you a lot of money, especially since no significant digging and excavation is required. Furthermore, pipe relining makes it possible for repairs to be completed quickly, in as little as a day. It could also guarantee added protection for your pipes since old pipes are not excavated for repairs to be done.

Solutions to Tree Roots in Sewer Pipes


It is an indisputable fact that trees play some useful roles around the home, including beautification and provision of shade. The roots of these trees, however, could be serious bad news for your sewer line. Roots are attracted to your sewer pipe because of the waste water it carries, given it is loaded with essential nutrients for plants. A crack or loose joint allows roots the room to intrude and cause damage to a sewer pipe.

The problems of tree roots in sewer pipes can be guarded against by taking location of underground utility lines into consideration when planting trees. Only slow-growing trees should be planted near sewer pipes and steps should be taken to block off roots from accessing the pipes. A video inspection will help identify root infestation issues and guide in determining appropriate approach to tackling them.

The Top 3 Reasons You Have a Blocked Sewer Pipe


A blocked sewer pipe is a plumbing problem many home owners wish they never have to contend with, but which they are often faced with all the same. Knowing the causes of these issues can help you avoid them or limit their occurrence.

One of the top reasons for blocked sewer pipe is the pipe itself which may crack or collapse due to prolonged use thereby causing obstruction. Foreign objects such as baby diapers, toys and full rolls of toilet paper are often allowed to find their way into a sewer pipe and, expectedly, it is only a matter of time before they cause a blockage in there. Grease and oil are also part of the top reasons you may have a blocked sewer pipe issue, as these gradually build up in a pipe until a significant clog, enough to cause water backup, is created.

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