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If you have a blocked stormwater drain, call the team at Metropolitan Plumbing. We have decades of experience within the industry and are your trusted, local choice.

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Is Your Stormwater Drain Blocked?

Has your stormwater drain been draining slowly? Or maybe it’s begun backing up and overflowing? Looks like you’ve got a blocked stormwater drain.

At Metropolitan Plumbing, unblocking stormwater pipes is one of our specialties.

It’s essential that your stormwater drains always flow freely, particularly during heavy rain. They collect dirt and garden waste, leaves and foliage, and other garden debris, that will eventually create a blockage. It can be particularly difficult to shift when the build-up becomes too expansive.

Plus, blockages will leave you susceptible to flooding and water damage when anything goes wrong.

At Metropolitan Plumbing we are your blocked drain experts and can pinpoint the location and cause of your drain blockage. We can have it cleaned and cleared with the use of our CCTV camera technology or high-pressure water jetting.

If your pipework has been damaged or has collapsed, our skilled plumbers will be able to repair or replace your pipes.

From tree roots to dirt and sludge, our expert team have seen it all. Contact us today for help.

What is a Stormwater Drain?

A stormwater drain is a crucial part of your property’s drainage system.

It’s responsible for collecting rainwater from your roof, driveway and yard and directing it away from your house.

Usually, you’ll find these stormwater pipes drains near the base of your home or along the edges of your property. Your gutters and downpipes are also part of this stormwater drainage system.

Stormwater drains help prevent water pooling around your house or on your roof, which could lead to flooding or water damage.

Keeping these drains clear and well-maintained is essential to ensure they function properly and protect your home during storms and heavy rainfall.

What Causes Blocked Stormwater Drains?

Have you ever wondered what causes a blocked stormwater drainage system?

Well, there are several common culprits behind this frustrating issue. When you experience excessive water flow during heavy rain, you find quickly find out if your stormwater channels are clear.

One major factor is the accumulation of leaves, twigs, and debris that get washed into the drains during heavy rains. These materials can clog the openings and prevent water from flowing freely.

Another common cause is the build up of dirt, sand, and silt over time, especially in areas with poor drainage systems. This includes tree branches and other garden debris build up. As these sediments settle in the drains, they create blockages that hinder the smooth passage of stormwater.

Additionally, trash and litter tossed onto streets and sidewalks can make their way into storm drains during rainfall, causing blockages and potentially leading to flooding during heavy downpours.

In some cases, tree roots can also infiltrate stormwater pipes, causing obstructions and further aggravating the problem.

Knowing these common causes can help us take preventive measures to ensure our stormwater drainage system stays clear and functions efficiently, reducing the risk of flooding and water damage during rainy seasons.

Remedies for a Blocked Stormwater Drainage System

Dealing with a stormwater drain blockage can be frustrating, but there are effective remedies to tackle this issue and get the water flowing again.

One simple remedy is using a plunger. Just like you would unclog a sink or toilet, a plunger can help dislodge the blockage in the stormwater drain. Be sure to cover any nearby drains and give it a few vigorous plunges.

If the plunger doesn’t work, a drain snake or auger can be your next best bet. Insert it into the drain and carefully navigate it through the obstruction, breaking it up along the way.

For more stubborn blockages, a hydro jet drain cleaner may be needed. These should only be operated by a fully qualified plumber, such as technician from Metropolitan Plumbing. This powerful tool can blast away debris and build up, restoring the drain’s functionality.

Remember, safety first. Always wear protective gear when attempting to unclog stormwater drain blockages, and if you’re unsure or the blockage seems severe, it’s best to call a professional plumber to handle the job.

With these handy remedies, you can tackle a blocked storm water drain effectively and prevent potential flooding headaches in the future. But for a severely blocked stormwater system, call the experts at Metropolitan Plumbing and take advantage of our professional stormwater drainage services.

How Metropolitan Can Unblock Your Stormwater Pipes

When faced with a stubborn blocked stormwater drain, calling in a professional plumber from Metropolitan Plumbing can save you time and effort. Here’s how they tackle the issue using advanced tools and techniques.

Firstly, the plumber will often start by using a CCTV drain camera. This nifty device is inserted into the drain, allowing them to inspect the blockage and identify its exact location. By seeing the problem up close, they can determine the best course of action.

Once the blockage is pinpointed, the plumber will bring out the big guns: a hydro jet drain cleaning machine. This powerful equipment uses high-pressure water jets to blast away the debris, roots, and build up that are causing the blockage. It’s an efficient and eco-friendly method that clears the drain effectively.

We specialise in unclogging stormwater drainage systems, so property owners know that we can get their external flow of water running smoothly again.

Throughout the process, the licensed plumber will carefully monitor the CCTV drain camera feed to ensure the blockage is fully cleared. Once the drain is flowing freely again, you can rest easy knowing that your stormwater system is in top-notch condition, thanks to the expertise of a professional plumber.

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Emergency Stormwater Drain Cleaning

If your stormwater drain is overflowing, you don’t want to leave it too long. Call Metropolitan Plumbing, and we can have one of our expert plumbers assess and repair your blocked drain in no time.

We always aim to arrive within 1 hour* of your call, turning up in a fully stocked van so we can complete most jobs on the spot.

Sometimes, especially for severe blockages, we need to bring in the heavy lifters, such as a high-pressure water jet (or hydro jet drain cleaner), our plumbers have easy access to these tools as well. When it comes to your stormwater drainage system, you can trust the experts at Metropolitan.

Regardless of whether your stormwater drain is blocked by tree roots at noon on a Tuesday or late Sunday night, we have emergency plumbers here for you 24/7. Make stormwater blockages a thing of the past.

The best part of it all? We charge the same rates after hours.

Finance Options** For Blocked Stormwater Drains

If you’ve got a blocked stormwater drain, Metropolitan Plumbing can provide the convenience of flexible finance options for eligible customers. This gives you the freedom to repay costs at your own pace, no matter how big or small the job.

Just choose a plan with one of our providers – Zip or Humm. You have the flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments, depending on your choice of plan. Some plans even accept a $0 deposit, so there’s nothing to pay upfront.

Your plumber can take you through the easy application process on site and approval usually takes only a few minutes. Then we can get on with drain cleaning and unclogging your blocked pipes. We’re always happy to help a customer, and our goal is to secure your long-term solution with as little fuss as possible.

We also accept payment by cash, cheque, direct transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express).

Contact us any time of the day or night for all stormwater drain blockages – we have plumbers local to you who are available 24/7 for all plumbing maintenance, including weekends and public holidays. We’ll meet all your plumbing needs.

FAQ - We Answer Your Blocked Stormwater Drain Questions

Do you want to know a bit more about blocked stormwater drains? We've got you covered.

Stormwater drains are typically connected to your roof via a downpipe. They channel unwanted rainwater from your roof and into a stormwater drain. If this drain becomes blocked, this unwanted water has nowhere to go. This means it'll flood your garden or driveway instead. These blockages need to be cleared by a professional technician as soon as possible to prevent further damage and costs to you.

Stormwater drains generally become blocked by dirt and debris or tree roots. If there is even the smallest pinhole or tiny crack in your underground pipes, even the most minuscule hair-like tree root will find its way in.

This root will continue to grow inside your pipes and entwine with anything else being flushed through. It will soon grow to a large mass, blocking your drain and potentially damaging your pipework.

If there is an issue with stormwater drains and flooding on your property, you are responsible. Unless it’s an emergency which may pose a risk to neighbours, most local councils recommend you call a plumber in the first instance.

Gutters and street drainage is managed by your local council. Major stormwater outlets and systems are maintained by the likes of SA Water or Melbourne Water.
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