blocked drains adelaide

Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions can clear your blocked drain fast!

We are reliable and cost effective plumbers that can fix your blocked drains fast.


Sometimes with blocked drains, Adelaide homeowners attempt a DIY fix. Lucas plumbing has great experience in coming out to your house and diagnosing and fixing drains which are blocked. Our qualified plumbers are efficient and knowledgeable in all aspects of plumbing and gas fitting. We are here to assist you if you have blocked drains in Adelaide.

From simple blockages, to more complex drain blockages that require CCTV cameras to be put down the drain we are able to assist with the blocked drain and fix the problem. The Plumbing CCTV drain cameras can enter into your drain system to assist in diagnosis in difficult circumstances. This footage can then be used to find any issues within the drains such as tree roots, collapsed cracked or broken pipes. Without the ability to do this thorough inspection, then sometimes unblocking the drain would just temporarily fix the issue. Being able to diagnose the issue, will allow for long term fixed to be applied to the blocked drain.

With no callout fee you are sure to get the job done at a great price too.

We also have an emergency plumbing service which can be used for urgent types of blocked drains.


There are many different types of drain issues that could occur around your Adelaide home or business. Some of the different types of blockages that may occur, include blocked toilet drains, blocked stormwater drains and blocked shower drains. The good news is that regardless of the blockage, Lucas Plumbing and Gas Service are your Adelaide blocked drain experts and can assist in fixing any issues that may arise.

Sometimes when you are looking for an emergency plumber online, you will find that there are many different local businesses that you can choose from. We are a locally family owned and operated business, so we really are your local plumber. It is important that when checking blocked drains that the correct technology is available to be used, so having cctv drain cameras available to check what the actual cause of the blocked sink, or toilet drain is will ensure that the blockage is fixed permanently instead of just a temporary clearing of the blockage to allow the water to drain for a short period of time. Our drain cleaning service is very thorough to ensure a long term fix.

You will usually know ahead of time that a drain is blocked, when you hear gurgling noises coming from some of the drains around the house. You will also find that there is more smell coming from your drains if it is blocked than you would find with an unblocked drain, as the water is stagnant.



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There are multiple factors that can cause a blocked drain in Adelaide and the suburbs. Some areas have heavy tree growth and these can cause burst pipes underground from the pressure of the tree roots. This results in a blocked stormwater drain which doesn’t allow the water to efficiently escape through the stormwater and sewer pipes. Sometimes this will be caused on SA Water’s side of the property and there will be no cost to the customer.

A blocked shower drain could be blocked due to hair going down the drain. A Blocked toilet drain can sometimes be caused by sanitary products being flushed until the drain blocked. A blocked sink sould sometimes be caused by build up of oil, or food products being stuffed down a sink. Sometimes outdoor drains would be blocked by leaves and a build up of dirt until a drains expert unblocks the issue.

In these cases it is good to call on Adelaide blocked drain experts Lucas Plumbing & Gas Solutions. We are local plumbers that are able to analyse the problem and fix the blocked drain quickly and economically. There really is no need to continue to have a blocked drain in Adelaide any longer.


how to unblock a toilet

Toilet blockages can be smelly and messy. Before you call a blocked drain plumber, here are some handy tips on how to unblock your toilet. Whilst drain clearing can sometimes be a quick process, if you have difficulties then it may be best to leave it to a professional.

If the blockage isn’t in the outlying area of the drainage system, then using the services of a professional drain cleaning plumber may be your only option. Lucas Plumbing & Gas Solutions are experts in sewer and drain cleaning. They really are the blocked drains specialists.

Toilet paper, toys or other items flushed by children, sanitary products, baby wipes and nappies are common causes of toilet blockages. Our best advice to avoid a blockage is to be very mindful of what goes down the toilet! Even some toilet paper does not break down as much as others.

The first tool most homeowners will reach for to clear a toilet blockage is the handy plunger. Choose a heavy-duty plunger with a flange on its base. Place the plunger entirely over the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl until it is submerged in water. Press down firmly and slowly. Repeat until the blockage is clear.



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what if I don’t have a plunger?

If you don’t have a plunger or if a plunger doesn’t do the trick then it might be time to call on a professional plumber who specialises in all types of blocked drains. 

Try and avoid using chemical drainpipe cleaners. Often, the harsh chemicals in these products can cause damage to pipes and drains within your home, which can lead to much bigger problems such as a costly pipe or drain repair.

Depending on the type of blockage and where it is located, you can also use a straightened coathanger to try and pull out the cause (warning: it could get messy!). It’s probably best to only use this method when you know what is causing the blockage and when the blockage is located in the first 5-10cm of the drain. Important: Be very careful not to scratch the porcelain whilst doing this.

Our final and best tip is to not continually flush the toilet in the hope the blockage will go away – it won’t, and you might cause damage to your toilet! 

Ultimately the best solution is to contact an expert in blocked drains – local Adelaide plumber –  Lucas Plumbing & Gas Solutions will be happy to assist. They are the experts in Adelaide Plumbing and are happy to assist with a reasonable price. Our customers have found that our blocked drains specialists have arrived on time with no call out fee.


things to try before you call a plumber

Blocked drains don’t necessarily mean you need to reach for the phone and call a blocked drain plumber.

There are a few different DIY solutions you can try to clear drain blockages around your home.

For a shower blockage, sometimes boiling water poured slowly down the drain is enough to break up and dissolve whatever is causing a blockage. If this doesn’t work, you can try a drain cleaner mixture of baking soda mixed with vinegar. Mix it up in a bowl and as it starts to fizz pour the mixture quickly down the drain. You can follow this up with some boiling water as well.

If your shower is still blocked, often a straightened coathanger (leave the hook at the end) can be used to pull hair and other debris from the drain. Once removed, flushing the drain with a drain cleaner made up of baking soda, and vinegar mixture will give the drain a good clean.



Sometimes outside blockages can be caused by plants and dirt. It’s a good idea to keep your outdoor area free from leaves and debris.  Ensure your gutters are cleaned before winter to prevent a build-up of leaves ending up in your pipes due to heavy rain and storms. Sometimes, tree roots can crack drain pipes beneath the surface leading the blockages and leaks. In most cases, blockages in pipes outside and under the surface are a job for the professionals! Cracks can often be repaired through specialist pipe relining.

Kitchen drains can become clogged quickly through grease and fatty build-ups in the pipes. You should always avoid tipping oil down the drain. A better solution is to pour grease into glass jars and discard with your usual garbage. 

Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners to clear drain blockages in your kitchen sink. A baking soda/vinegar solution is effective in clearing a clogged drain pipe in the kitchen due to food or grease build-up.


how to take care of your plumbing to avoid blockages

Cleaning and maintaining the plumbing and drainage around your home can help prevent blockages.

Keep watch of young children around the toilet. It’s often a fun game for them to see what disappears down the toilet!

Don’t flush wipes, nappies or sanitary products down the toilet, dispose of these in the bin. A sewer drain clean is a great way to keep your sewer system in top condition and free of build-ups and smell!

Tip boiling water down the kitchen and shower/bathroom drain plumbing to help prevent build-up on the drain walls.

Dispose of food scraps in your green bin rather than washing them down the drain. Tip cooking oils and grease into a container and dispose of them in the garbage rather than down the sink.

Regularly clean your shower drain of hair.


why is my drain blocked?

When you think of drain blockages you commonly think of a blocked toilet or maybe kitchen drain clogged, but there are many different kinds of blockages your Adelaide home can experience.

There is also a myriad of reasons why your drains can become blocked.

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

For bathroom blockages, these are usually a result of hair that binds to soap scum on the walls of the drain pipe. Over time this accumulates.

Toilet blockages are mostly caused by people, commonly children who find the toilet an endless source of fun, flushing items down the toilet that shouldn’t be there.

A kitchen sink will typically clog when cooking oil is tipped down the drain. When the oil and pipe cool, it sticks to the drainpipe walls where it attracts soap scum and food particles causing a blockage.

Other blockages around the home might not be caused by something going down the drain. Sometimes plants and debris from your garden can be the source of blockages, or even heavy rain and storms can cause a blockage if debris is left in your gutters.

Broken pipes from general wear and tear or tree roots are also more susceptible to blockages.



Lucas Plumbing and Gas Services is the plumber Adelaide trusts for a wide range of services. Not only do we deal with cctv drain camera inspections (drain camera inspections) and other blocked drain services, but we can also do:

  • Gas Fitting
  • Leaking Taps
  • Hot Water Units (Rinnai hot water is our preferred brand)
  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas Appliance Installation
  • Hot Water Repairs
  • Residential and Commercial plumbing services
  • Property Management plumbing services
  • Repair and installation to plumbing
  • Waste water and sewer and drain cleaning
  • Kitchen renovations,
  • Bathroom renovation
  • Project management
  • Blocked Sewers
  • Water Filtration


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