Perth Plumbing Problems – Blocked Drains

Common Signs & Causes Of Blocked Drains

Plumbing is one of those everyday household functions that seem to fade into the background – when drains work they are invisible. But when a drain fails to clear effectively, suddenly you are stuck with a very inconvenient, sometimes smelly mess that can be very difficult to rectify. 

When faced with blocked or clogged drains, most households reach for the chemical drain cleaners, which are not always the best option. Don’t risk harm to your plumbing or a failed DIY job – call your local plumber today.

What causes blocked drains?

Drains are designed to be very effective at removing water, and if only water is poured down your drains, they will work nearly indefinitely. However, the reality of your bathroom, kitchen and laundry is not nearly that neat. Some of the more common causes of drain issues include:

  • Hair. Anyone with long hair will know the characteristic tangle in the grate at the bottom of the sink and shower. Clearing the hair regularly will help drains flow freely longer.
  • Toys. Anyone with a toddler can confirm two things. Firstly, kids are fascinated by many regular functions of the household, including the magic of a flush button to take stuff away. Second, few magical phenomenon are worth investigating without experimentation on toys. If a toy is flushed, it will likely leave the toilet bowl, but cause issues further down the pipework.
  • Toilet paper. Large amounts of toilet paper can gather and create blockages. If your toilet water drains slowly, you might be able to rectify with a plunger and some enthusiasm. However, if the toilet refuses to drain, a plumber may be needed to clear the issue.
  • Fat. Hot fat for frying chips or from a roast might seem plenty fluid after cooking, but in the cooler environment of your plumbing fat has a bad habit of solidifying and becoming incredibly sticky. Fat blockages can gather other food and create big, smelly problems or attract pests. Throw fat into a compost bin for a safe disposal alternative.

Often drain issues do not have a single cause, but build up over time with little contributions.

Signs of blocked drains

There are some hallmark signs that you have a blocked drain. If you find any of the following signs, call JCS Plumbing to intervene early. These signs include:

  • Gurgling sounds
  • Changing water levels in your sink, toilet or shower
  • Slow draining sinks
  • Noticeable drop in water pressure
  • Bad smells

Contact JCS Plumbers Perth WA

If you have a blocked drain issue or have any other plumbing emergency, trust the team at JCS Plumbing for a quick response and effective solutions. We have been providing 24-hour plumbing solutions to metropolitan Perth for over fifteen years. Our team are all highly experienced, trained plumbers who can deal with your blocked drain efficiently and with the minimum of fuss.

Plumbing issues rarely go away on their own. To prevent high damage, repair or high water bills, call JCS plumbing today for you emergency plumbing solutions.

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Tips For Leak Detection

It doesn’t matter if your home is a 100-year-old heritage home or in a brand-new estate, water leaks can happen to any property at any time. If you think you might have a water leak, don’t delay. Even a small leak ignored can cause damage to your home that is hugely expensive to repair. If you have found an unexpected spike in your water bills, feel a drop in your water pressure or find unexplained pools of water, call JCS Plumbing today.

JCS Plumbing are the plumbing experts you want for leak detection in Perth. We will find the source of your leak, make repairs and ensure that you will not have any more trouble into the future. But how do you know you have a water leak?

Signs of leaking

The sign of a water leak can be subtle, but if you think you have identified a leak it is best to contact a professional plumber to confirm, locate and repair any leaks immediately. There are a number of signs that you can look for around your home to identify if you have a leaking problem. These include:

  • Unexpectedly large water bills
  • Continuously moving water meter
  • The sound of running, dripping or squirting water
  • Low or no water pressure
  • Unexplained dampness, stains, mould or moisture in walls or corners

If you have any suspicion of a water leak, act immediately. Water leaks can cause significant, difficult to repair damage if not addressed very quickly. With prompt response times, JCS Plumbing can make leak repairs before you are hefted with huge water consumption and damage repair bills.

Quick leak detection tips

When you are suspicious of a water leak, there are a few simple steps you can take to confirm a water leak yourself at home. If you suspect a leak, JCS Plumbing recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Turn off anything that uses water. Also, remember that some appliances like icemakers draw water incrementally, so turn these off too.
  2. Wait until you are alone at home, or talk with other residents of your home that no water is to be used during the test.
  3. Find your water meter and take note of the reading. A quick snap on your smartphone is always a good way of keeping a record that you are not likely to lose.
  4. Go for a walk, have a power nap, or just enjoy time out while you wait around half an hour.
  5. Recheck your meter. If the dial has continued to increase, you likely have a leak.

Don’t delay fixing leaks

Never delay when you think you have identified a leak. JCS Plumbing provide a 24-hour service in all leak detection and repairs. Our team are always ready to help you during your plumbing emergency.

If you suspect a water leak in your home or office, or just want a fast response, quality workmanship and professional service for your plumbing issues, call JCS Plumbing now. We have been providing plumbing services across metropolitan Perth for over fifteen years, trust our team for the best plumbing solutions in town.