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Leave your blocked drain fears in the past. Metropolitan Plumbing is your rapid response, emergency blocked drain specialist, available 24/7.

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Blocked drains can be a major nuisance and are often the underlying reason for broken toilets, burst pipes or even leaking toilets.

Drain blockages prevent water flow which can have some serious implications. You don’t want to leave this problem alone for long.

Metropolitan Plumbing can easily take care of your blockages with our drain cleaning experts! Our local plumbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can often be at your door within an hour* of your call.

Therefore, when you’re staring at a broken toilet, we can send out an experienced drain cleaning specialist on the same day! And that’s during the morning, afternoon or evening.

We also don’t charge extra for after-hours work and pride ourselves on prompt same day service.

You’ll never have to worry about covering the cost of urgent repairs upfront either. With Metropolitan Plumbing you can enjoy the ability to fix now and pay later on one of our convenient finance options**.

Our friendly plumbers provide upfront fixed-price quotes on site before any work begins. They can also walk you through the steps for our payment plans.

Have you got clogged drains? Are you hearing gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing? Do you suspect you’ve got broken pipes?

Take advantage of the experienced emergency plumbers at Metropolitan Plumbing.

What Causes Blocked Drains?

When a drain is blocked, it means there’s something, somewhere along the pipeline, preventing the water from flowing. This blockage can be caused by many things.

Often they’re a hidden danger, with tree roots being one of the most common causes. But with pipes buried underground, the only time you’ll notice a problem is when drains don’t drain or the toilet’s backed up.

You can try homemade remedies like using a DIY drain snake, or pouring boiling water or baking soda and vinegar down the drain, but there are times when you need a professional plumber.

When you call Metropolitan Plumbing we’ll use a CCTV drain inspection camera to discover the root of your drain blockage, so we can advise the best long-term solution. If you ignore it, you could face more costly repairs later on.

Some of the main causes of drain blockages include:

  • Grease, cooking oil or soap build-up
  • Hair or pet fur
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes or baby wipes
  • Tree roots, garden waste, leaves or dirt
  • Collapsed or damaged pipes
  • Foreign objects such as toys or jewellery

These drain blockages are no concern for the team at Metropolitan. For the more severe blockages we have high hydro jet drain cleaning tools to dislodge any serious clogs in your pipes with ease.

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Signs of a Blocked Drain

Each blockage could cause its own unique problems, but there are some common signs of a blocked drain you can keep an eye out for.

Early warning signs include low water pressure, water pooling around shower or bathroom drains, a backed-up toilet that won’t flush or rank smells coming from drains. There may also be gurgling sounds within the pipes – or even loud banging. These solid blockages are potentially damaging.

Never fret. At the first sign of trouble, you can call Metropolitan Plumbing. Our plumbers across Australia use our company’s 25 years plus of experience in the industry on every job. They’re experts in the field of unblocking drains and can tackle all jobs big and small.

Even if you have a clogged toilet they’ll do more than plunging the problem. They’ll dig deep into their experience to uncover the cause, remove stubborn blockages and leave your water to flow freely in the long term.

24-Hour Blocked Drain Service

We know how unpredictable plumbing problems can be, which is why we have 24/7 plumbers on call throughout the year for a blocked drain service.

We’re active in all major Australian cities, including Geelong and Gold Coast. That means we can often have a professional plumber at your home less than an hour* after you call.

We always strive to provide prompt blocked drain services so you can enjoy a speedy resolution. No one wants to be stuck with a blocked drain or blocked sewer for days.

There are no after-hours fees, either. All of our work comes with a fixed-price guarantee. We’ll inspect the situation on site and provide an upfront quote so you know exactly what’s coming. There are no surprise charges.

Our fixed-price quotes cover a range of long-term solutions, such as:

Often, we’ll pair our solutions for the absolute best outcome. This means we can use a hydro jet to thoroughly clear any tree roots, and then pipe relining to create a new barrier within the sewer or stormwater pipes. Whether you’ve got ceramic pipes or PVC pipes, you won’t have to worry about tree roots again.

By calling on Metropolitan Plumbing you can avoid the long-term damage a blocked drain can cause. From burst pipes to structural damage and costly home repairs, you can skip it all and enjoy promptly cleared pipes!

Don’t delay in your blocked drain service any longer. Clearing blocked drains is second nature to the team at Metropolitan Plumbing.

Blocked Toilets

A toilet that is not working can be a nightmare. Of all the times you need to clear a blocked drain, this is usually the most urgent.

Either your toilet water won’t flush, or the toilet water begins to rise to eventually overflow from the toilet bowl. This type of clogged drain is also one of the most common.

This can be due to an overuse of:

  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Baby wipes
  • Flushing of foreign objects or solid materials

It doesn’t matter what’s causing your blocked toilet drain. Whatever has caused a buildup of debris in your drains, Metropolitan Plumbing will be able to fix it. We will send the right blocked drains expert with the right solution for your specific situation.

Every one of our fully qualified, licensed plumbers has been trained using various clearing methods and can deal with small and severe blockages alike. They are up to date with all the latest technologies, so we really are ready for any problem.

Blocked Basin and Shower Drains

All the drains across your home have the potential to become blocked, and for any number of reasons. For bathroom drains, such as basins, showers and baths, these tend to accumulate residues from soap, body washes, toothpaste, hair and other waste materials.

If you should find yourself with any of the following, then you should contact the blocked drains experts from Metropolitan Plumbing:

  • Pooling water in the bottom of your shower
  • Your bath water drains slower than usual
  • Water comes out of your bathroom drains
  • You hear gurgling noises in your pipes when using the washing machine

A licensed plumber from Metropolitan can deal with whatever hair, oil or grease your drain they’re faced with.

Blocked Sink Drains

The kitchen sink is a very common spot to find a blocked drain. A variety of food waste and other matter such as grease build up gets washed down our sinks that really shouldn’t.

Gradual amassing of oil and grease, soap and hand wash deposits, food scraps and other debris are the usual culprits for blocked sink drains. If you find your kitchen sink is draining slowly or maybe not draining at all, contact us for effective drain clearing that same day.

Make blocked sinks – caused by food debris, cooking oil and other waste – a thing of the past with a long-term solution from Metropolitan Plumbing.

Blocked Laundry Drains

Usually hair, material from clothes, and sediment from soap and other cleaning liquids are the main causes of blocked laundry drains. This can be quite problematic as it can impact on washing your clothes and doing those other day to day tasks in the laundry.

A professional drain plumber from Metropolitan does not falter when faced with blocked laundry drains. Whether you need a CCTV drain inspection, electric drain snake (or drain auger) or a hydro jet, Metropolitan has your effective drain clearing needs covered.

How to Prevent Blocked Drains

Nobody likes dealing with blocked drains, but the good news is that there are simple steps you can take to prevent them in the first place. Here are some easy tips to keep your drains flowing smoothly:

  • Watch what you put down the drain: Be mindful of what goes down your sink or toilet. Avoid pouring grease, oil, coffee grounds, or food scraps down the kitchen sink. Use a hair strainer in the bathroom to catch hair and soap scum before they clog the drain.
  • Regularly clean drains: Make it a habit to clean your drains regularly using a mixture of hot water and vinegar. This can help dissolve build-ups and prevent blockages from forming.
  • Use gutter guards: Don’t forget your roof plumbing, which cause all kinds of problems with stormwater drain blockages.
  • Install drain screens: Consider installing drain screens or grates on all your drains. These simple, inexpensive devices can catch debris and prevent it from causing blockages.
  • Be cautious with flushable items: “Flushable” wipes and sanitary products can still cause blockages. Avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper and human waste.
  • Professional inspections: Schedule regular inspections by a plumber to catch any potential issues early on and ensure your drainage system is in good shape.

By following these preventive measures, you can save yourself the hassle of dealing with blocked drains and keep your plumbing system running smoothly. But when you need to clear a blocked drain, particularly if it’s a severe blockage, you know the name to call – Metropolitan Plumbing.

Finance Options** For Blocked Drain Repairs

If you have a drain that’s blocked, we provide flexible finance options** to eligible customers. You can even receive approval on site so there’s no delay in urgent repairs.

These payment options are available through finance providers Zip and Humm. You have the flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments, depending on your choice of plan.

Your plumber can take you through the easy application process on site and approval usually takes only a few minutes. We also accept payment by cash, cheque, direct transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express).

When you need to clear blocked drains or replace old metal or ceramic pipes with modern PVC pipes, Metropolitan Plumbing is the number to call.

It’s time to clear that clogged drain and get on with your day. You don’t need to go searching through hardware stores. Call Metropolitan Plumbing now or fill out an online booking form to organise a visit from your local plumber.

FAQ – All You Need to Know About Blocked Drains

Do you have any questions about blocked drains? We've got the answer.

Blockages preventing the flow of water can be caused by a number of things within the pipeline. In the kitchen, food scraps and FOG (fats, oil and grease) are your worst enemy. Meanwhile, In the bathroom, soap, oil and hair can build up. These blockages are relatively easy to deal with if they occur close to the drain. More difficult blockages are deeper in the pipeline and often include other objects or materials that have been flushed out of sight, but not out to the street. Tree roots invading the pipe are the worst offender, and one of the most challenging to remove. That's when you could need pipe relining or perhaps drain excavation.3 Other random causes include cement washed down drains during renovations, earth movement causing drains to collapse, or just poor installation in the first place.
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Your drain clearing remedy might have worked for the foreseeable future, but only a qualified plumber has the tools to properly clear your blocked drain. Depending on how serious the blockage, your plumber can use a number of different tools, including:
  • CCTV drain camera inspection
  • Hydro jet drain cleaning
  • Drain snake (or plumber's snake)
  • Electric drain cleaning
The hydro jet is the preferred method nowadays. It is the best tool at breaking apart tree roots thanks to its high-pressured jets of water which shoot out of a nozzle and slice apart blockages.
There are some ways to fix a blocked drain yourself, however, they may not provide a long term solution. If the blockage is further down the drain it is unlikely a home remedy will help. Despite that, there can be short-term relief thanks to solutions such as:
  • Boiling water and detergent
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Bacteria based enzyme cleaners
  • DIY drain snake
  • Toilet plunger
You can try a drain cleaner usually found at the local hardware store, but for a thorough repair and drains that are permanently cleared, it is recommended you contact Metropolitan Plumbing.
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Metropolitan Plumbing are proud winners of 2021 and 2020 Product Review awards in the plumbing category. These awards highlight our dedication to outstanding customer service. Product Review provides a platform for real-life experiences. Check out some of our customers' reviews below:
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Dave.C was very friendly and professional especially for a Sunday. He was able to identify the cause of the leaky shower head, and provide two quotes. He was also able to show what the issue was and was able to advise what he had done to fix it. Thank you.

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They replaced our old, malfunctioning toilet. The installation was quick, and they checked for any leaks thoroughly. Reliable service we can count on!

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I had a toilet that wouldn’t stop running, and it was wasting so much water. They arrived promptly, diagnosed the issue, and replaced the faulty parts. Now my toilet works perfectly. Great service and reasonable rates.

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