What NOT to put down your drain

Local water authority Yarra Valley Water recently issued a timely warning to all householders on what NOT to put down your drain.

The story, which ran in the local Leader newspapers detailed some of the extraordinary things that they (as well as us) have found flushed down people’s drains and sewers. Among the list were:

  • jewellery
  • cash
  • clothes
  • bricks
  • nappies!

The story included a timely warning not to pour fats and oils down the sink or toilet for fear of creating a local version of the giant “fatberg” that blocked London sewers recently.

Like most kitchen scraps its better to pour fats and oils into paper towels or any other absorbent substance and place in the rubbish. And don’t flush anything down the toilet except for what you would normally do each day!

Flushing things down the toilet or pouring them down the sink, does not make them “go away” and it could be more than just your toilet or sink that backs up…. you could end up blocking the whole street.

For more tips and hints on what NOT to flush down your toilet or drain, please read this article:


And of course, if you have put something down there, that shouldn’t be down there, and it’s causing you problems,call The Drain Man on 1800 843 742! (And don’t feel embarassed, we assure we’ve seen everything!)

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Poor plumbing work blocks stormwater drain

At The Drain Man we say “every drain is different”. That’s because we never know what we are going to find when we arrive on site.

Most people naturally assume their drains are “normal” and have been properly installed. But often we see a completely different picture.

Like one we saw recently when called out to a blocked stormwater drain. When we put our camera down the drain it didn’t take long to reveal the cause of the problem.

The plumber who had installed the downpipe for this stormwater drain had used a very “creative” solution. Instead of using a standard connection  join a downpipe to the main stormwater drain, this plumber had simply punched a hole in the top of the drain, pushed the pipe in and sealed it up with putty. (You can see the problem below!)

The problem was his connection was blocking nearly 90% of the main drain. No wonder it got blocked easily.

The irony was, it would have taken him about the same time to do the job properly.

Naturally we cleared the blocked and installed a standard connection so the customer would never have the problem again.

At The Drain Man we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and ensure it complies with industry standards.

If you think your property might be plagued by “dodgy” drain connections, please give us a call on 1800 843 372. We’ll put things right.

Poor stormwater drain connection

Massive new sewer project for Mornington Peninsula

More than 16,000 properties on the Mornington Peninsula will benefit from the installation of a new $357 million sewerage system.

The area, ranging from Rye to Portsea, is the last in Melbourne’s south-east to replace its ageing septic tank system with a new sewer system. Residents will be glad to hear they can soon choose to connect their homes to the new sewer system.

The Minister for Water, the Hon Peter Walsh said, when announcing the new system, that poorly maintained or overflowing septic tanks posed a risk to public health, the environment and waterways.

South East Water has developed new technology that can free up capacity in the existing sewage transfer system to fast-track the project and enable some 4000 early connections.

The project is the largest of its type in Australian history. Construction of the entire reticulation network of 230 kilometres of pipes will take less than 30 months. This compares to the usual timeframe of 16 years.

That’s 230 km of extra sewer pipes that will one day need clearing by The Drain Man!

The Drain Man, Fatberg, drain block

Monster “fatberg” blocks London drains… now that’s a job for The Drain Man!

It weigh 15 tonnes. It’s the size of a bus. And it’s lurking under the streets of London.

It’s a giant “fatberg” made up of fat, rotting food and sanitary wipes. And it’s almost completely blocked a sewer in Kingston, South West London.

Authorities were alerted to the problem when locals started complaining they couldn’t flush their toilets.

No wonder, the “fatberg” was so big, it had almost completely blocked the 70×48 cm sewer.

Not suprisingly, local water authorities have pleaded with local residents to stop pouring fat down their drains and to stop using “flushable” wipes. Now while The Drain Man has never encountered a blockage in a drain this big, we certainly would have the capability to clear it if we ever did come across a monster like this.

It is also an excellent reminder of why we put a camera down a drain BEFORE we try to clear it, because you never know what you are dealing with down there!

So remember, whatever “monsters” lurk in your drains, call The Drain Man on 1800 843 372 to clear it fast!

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/bus-sized-fatberg-discovered-under-london-street/story-fndir2ev-1226691845273#ixzz2b9wKbAt9

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