April 28, 2023

EXPLOSIVE Storm water Drain Unblocking

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A hand is scrubbing a concrete surface with a green brush, creating soapy bubbles and moving pine needles and dirt away from the storm water drain.

Explosive Storm water Drain Unblocking

What lurks in those drains….I get it out…


A blocked storm water drain on your Brisbane property can quickly turn into a plumbing emergency if it’s left attended. When working correctly, a storm water drain can carry huge volumes of water safely away from your property when it rains. If the pipe becomes completely blocked, the water has no where to go. Instead of draining through the storm water system, this water will flood your property. This can lead to expensive water damage around the foundations of your home. Furthermore, stagnant water may carry bacteria that can be harmful to you and your family.

The best way to prevent flooding on your property when it rains is to be proactive when it comes to protecting your storm water drains from clogging up. Preventing blocked storm water drains requires routine maintenance around the yard, as well as informed decision-making when planting new trees. These simple maintenance tips only take up a small amount of time and will save you the stress and financial burden of a blocked storm water drain.


Routinely cleaning out your downpipes and gutters is an important part of preventing blocked storm water drains. Once a month, put some time aside to clear out any leaves, sticks, dirt and debris that has gathered in the gutters. If you don’t have time, you can hire someone to clean out the gutters. Have a look on services such as Airtasker as there are plenty of people willing to do gutter cleaning at a cheap rate. Keeping your gutters and downpipes in working order will save you money in the long-run by preventing expensive blocked storm water drain repairs.


Every couple of weeks, do a quick check of your storm water grates and clear out any sticks and leaves that have fallen to prevent them from entering the drain. This is particularly important if you have deciduous plants in your garden that periodically shed their leaves. Overtime, leaf matter decays and joins other sediment in the pipes such as dirt and sand. This compost-like sludge can result in slow draining water and back-ups. Removing debris will only take a few minutes and it will improve the performance of your storm water drainage system.


Hydro-jetting is a safe and affordable method for maintaining the health of underground drain pipes. A jet blaster can cut through all kinds of sediment built-up in a matter of minutes, flushing your pipes clean before a blockage can occur. It’s effective for both stormwater and sewer drains and is great way to keep your plumbing system running smoothly throughout the year. Jet blasters are designed to clean/repair blocked drains – however, they are also the most effective blocked drain prevention method.


Tree roots are a major cause of blocked storm water drains in Sydney. Roots are attracted to the moisture and nutrients inside of pipes and they can seek out even the smallest hairline crack in pipes. If you’re planning on planting new trees or shrubs in the garden, make sure you plant them at least three metres away from underground plumbing pipes. It’s also a good idea to avoid large plant species with extensive root systems, such as willows, poplars, rubbers trees, fig tree and camphor laurels. For more info on what trees to avoid see here. You can talk to your local garden store about the best trees to plant near sewer pipes and storm water pipes.


Doran Plumbing and Drainage specialise in all kinds of drain and sewer cleaning. Doran Plumbing carry the latest jet blasters and plumbing cameras. Using this technology our local plumbers can clear tree roots out of drains and inspect the pipes for any damage. For extensive tree root damage, our plumbers are licensed to reline the storm water drains to avoid costly dig ups. For more information about our storm water drain services call our friendly team on 0409 879 475 today.

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