If you have a blocked pipe, there can be nothing more frustrating in relation to your household’s plumbing requirements.
Indicators of a blocked pipe may include;
- Slow drainage of water from your sinks
- Your toilet filling up with too much water or not filling with water
- Unpleasant smells radiating from your pipes
- Gurgling noises coming from your sinks, shower, bath or toilets
- Multiple fixtures back up at the same time
- Waste water could flow from your pipes into your home or outside of your property
If you notice any of the above signs, or another indicator that you may have a blocked pipe, this is considered an emergency and there is no one better to trust in a plumbing emergency than the experts from Mr Emergency Plumbing. We can have a fully qualified, professional plumber to your home or office within the hour* if required. We guarantee a same day service 24/7 and will never leave you waiting around wondering when, or if, your plumber may show up. At Mr Emergency Plumbing our mobile workshop vans are equipped with the latest GPS satellite technology – allowing us to provide you with an exact time that your plumber will be arriving at your location.
At Mr Emergency Plumbing we carry all of the required quality tools and equipment to have your drains uncleared in an instant. One of the machines that our plumbers and drainers utilize is an electric drain machine.
An electric drain machine is also known as an electric eel or a drain snake. This is a flexible rod with a cutter attached to the end. The rod is inserted into your pipes and run by an electric motor. The cutter attachment is strong and sharp and scours the pipes as it also cuts out and mashes through any blockage in its path. An electric eel is the next option to unblock pipes, if a plunger is unsatisfactory.
The electric eel has been used by plumbers since 1933 and is still one of the most common and effective methods of clearing pipe blockages to this day. The cutter attachments are available in various sizes and shapes, including claw attachments, offering versatility to suit any type of pipe or blockage. The main downfall of the electric eel is that it is suitable only to a certain range, usually to approximately 23 meters, therefor making them incapable of reaching blockages beyond this range. If the blockage is too far away to be suitable to be removed by an electric eel, the master plumbers from Mr Emergency Plumbing are able to use a hydro-jet machine to clear hard to reach, or more stubborn blockages.
Electric eels are ideal for removing any blockages from toilets or sinks that are too stubborn for a plunger to remove. There are many reasons that your pipes may become blocked including;
- Food scraps being disposed of in sinks
- Cooking oils or fats being poured into sinks (these solidify and clog up once cooled)
- Paints or chemicals being poured into drains can cause corrosion
- Foreign items or too much toilet paper being flushed down toilets
- Tree roots
- Leaves, dirt, rocks and debris
- Hair getting into your shower, bath or basin drains and accumulating
- Incorrect pipe installation or faulty pipes
You can prevent a lot of blockages by just being mindful of what you are putting into your sinks, drains and toilets. But if you do notice an issue with your pipework or fixtures call Mr Emergency Plumbing on 1300 164 064 for a fast and effective plumbing service, providing quality you can trust.
Electric eels are available from hire companies to be hired for personal use, but at Mr Emergency Plumbing we recommend calling in one of our professional, fully licensed plumbers in the first instance. Electric eels can be difficult to operate; they can be heavy and become unstable depending on the depth of the blockage. The cable can also coil up on itself in a whip like motion which can be very dangerous. If you are not trained or skilled in using an electric eel you could end up causing further unnecessary damage to your pipes – meaning a greater cost to you in the long run.
For your home or office plumbing systems to work properly, they need to be free of any obstructions. If a clogged pipe is left unattended it could easily crack or burst due to any increased pressure. If your pipes burst they can cause significant, unsightly damage to your property. Removing a blockage before it can cause further damage is the best thing you can do for your plumbing systems and home.
Mr Emergency Plumbing are your local Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra & Sydney plumbers, available in all metropolitan suburbs of Australia waiting on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all public holidays to provide you with an outstanding plumbing service regarding unblocking, repairs or replacements of any type of plumbing pipework.
Call us today on 1300 164 064 or book your plumber online and save yourself 10% off labour costs.