SEWER CONNECTIONS ADELAIDE

Lucas Plumbing & Gas Solutions are experts in sewer connections in Adelaide.

We are reliable and cost effective plumbers that can fix your sewer problems fast.

ADELAIDE SEWER CONNECTIONS

Adelaide homeowners are responsible for maintaining and keeping their sewage system in good condition. Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions can install your new Adelaide sewer connection or maintain your existing sewer connection. We can also take care of stormwater connections and maintenance. 

Our services are carried out by professionals with minimal disruption to your daily life. We can troubleshoot problems such as blocked pipes using CCTV camera technology to diagnose and provide resolution to your sewage connection matters thoroughly.

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frequently asked questions

The Low Down on Adelaide Sewer Connections!

We are often asked many questions about sewer connections.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common questions asked by Adelaide homeowners.

Sewer and Storm Water – it all goes to the same place, doesn’t it?

No. 

Many Adelaide Homeowners often assume that sewer and stormwater drains are all connected. After all, isn’t that why sometimes your sewer pipes might become blocked during a large storm? It’s all a myth. If your sewer pipes become blocked during a large storm, it is just a coincidence. 

Sewer pipes and stormwater pipes are not connected at all, and both run through separate pipes. If you suspect that this is not the case in your home, you should contact a plumber for advice. Often, CCTV technology can be used to carry out a sewer line inspection and identify if the pipes are connected. Your plumber can then decide on the best course of action which may include a sewer replacement.

Is a clogged sewer line expensive to fix?

A clogged sewer line generally means that there is a blockage in your sewer pipes. When there is a blockage, there is nowhere for the water to go and it will then flow back through the pipes and come out at the lowest point (usually the shower drain). Before this happens, you might notice a gurgling sound when draining water, and this is typically an indication that there could be a potential blockage. A clogged plumbing sewer line will often give off a smell indicating that there is a blockage.

If the blockage is within the home, it can be an easy fix. It can be cleared by the homeowner using a plunger or unclogging chemicals (be wary of these though as they can cause damage to certain pipes) or you may require the services of a licensed plumber to check the sewer line. Many plumbers will carry out a sewer inspection using specialist CCTV technology which can be sent down the sewer pipe to identify blockages or sewage leaks. After diagnosis, the plumber will then guide you about a sewer repair, septic tank repair or how to clear the clogged sewer line with a sewer pipe cleaner.

Sometimes, blockages can occur outside of the home in the main sewer line. These can be called sewer chokes, and these are serious business! A main sewer line blockage can occur because of tree roots cracking the pipes or because of something that has been put down the drain (such as baby wipes, tissues etc.). This can be a costly sewer repair. On occasion, a sewer pipe or sewer line replacement is required, and this is where costs will add up, and repairs will get messy.

If you suspect there is a sewer backup in your home, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a plumber as soon as you can. More information can be found below.

To prevent problems, you can have a chat to your plumber about a sewer cleanout to keep the sewer drain clear.

How do I locate my sewer pipes?

For the majority of Adelaide Homes, a diagram of sewer pipes and other connections are held with the government or local authorities. Usually, the only information you will require is the street address, and you can search online for the diagram.

If the property does not have a mains water connection, if the property was built or modified between January 1977 and July 1981 when there was no requirement to submit plans or if a plumber has never submitted plans to the regulator then a diagram may not be available. If this is the case, consult with a plumber.

Can I easily convert from a septic tank to a mains sewer connection?

Properties in metropolitan Adelaide can either have a septic tank connection for the collection of wastewater or a mains sewer connection. 

A septic tank generally consists of one or two watertight tanks called septic tanks and one or two sets of drainage receptacles which have holes in their sides and no base. Wastewater passes through the septic tanks, heavier solids sink to the bottom and undergo bacterial digestion. This reduces the number of solids and also changes its composition to sludge, which builds up in the bottom of the tank. Materials such as grease and oil float to the surface in the tanks to form a crust over the liquid. The remaining liquid, called effluent, flows from the tanks into the drainage receptacles to soak into the surrounding soil where it may undergo further natural treatment processes.

You can arrange a sewer installation to connect your property to a mains sewer lines from a septic tank. However, this is a job only for professionals.

Checks will need to be done to make sure a mains sewer line runs past your property, the connection must be made by a professional, and your septic tank must be decommissioned appropriately. 

If you have an ageing septic tank and are experiencing problems, we can help you with a septic repair or new septic installation.

What are the most common sewer problems you see in Adelaide Homes?

The number one sewer problem we come across is blocked sewer lines.

We also often see sewer pipe damage usually caused by tree roots.

Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solution has fully licensed plumbers and gas fitters available to diagnose and repair any issues with your sewer lines including sewer line installation, sewer service and sewer cleaning or sewer line repair.

How can I avoid costly sewer pipe problems?

The easiest way to prevent problems with your sewer plumbing is to follow these simple steps:

  • Don’t plant trees or shrubs near sewer lines or check with your local authority or garden supply centre to find out what trees or shrubs are suitable;
  • Don’t flush baby wipes, nappies, oil or grease or any other foreign object down the toilet;
  • Use a licensed professional to carry out work on your sewer lines.

More information and tips for Adelaide homeowners can be found below.

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WHY DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO SET UP MY SEWAGE CONNECTION?

Sewage connection and stormwater connections in your home are different, and both should be left in the hands of the professional team from Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions.

In all Adelaide homes, the stormwater drainage is separate from the sewage system. The pipes and drains inside your home, such as those in the kitchen, laundry, toilet and bathroom are set up and connected to go to the treatment plant. 

It is your responsibility to maintain and repair all water and sewer pipes on your property, and this is where our team of professionals can step in to help you. Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions have a team of qualified plumbers who can use the latest technology, such as CCTV cameras to diagnose problems with your pipes and connections.   

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why do i need a professional?

Stormwater from outside drains is connected to the stormwater drainage network and flow directly to our natural water bodies. The pipes and connections on your property are also your responsibility.  You can look after them by keeping your gutters clean and selecting trees and shrubs for your garden which are suitable to be planted near and around drain pipes. 

There are many legal channels, permits and other important factors that need to be taken into consideration with an Adelaide sewer connection and Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions has the expertise to handle every aspect of the new set up for you. 

Lucas Plumbing will also use the latest plumbing technology to determine where the current pipes and mains are located and the condition of your existing sewer connection.

 

Sewer connections and maintenance, together with stormwater connections and maintenance, are best left in the hands of a professional.  Problems with these connections can get messy and expensive if left untreated, and there are many different legal requirements that the average DIY person may not be aware of. 

At Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions we pride ourselves on putting the customer first and have 24-hour support so you can rest assured we have you covered for any maintenance and emergencies.

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tips for the homeowner

Tree roots, fat and oil buildup, foreign objects and a sewer pipe collapse are all common causes of a blockage in your sewer connection.  

Baby wipes are also a common cause of a blockage as they do not break down as quickly as toilet paper and can cause considerable damage to your plumbing.  

To ensure your sewer connection is kept in top condition, avoid flushing foreign objects down the toilet and don’t carry out any renovations or attempt to make changes or repairs to your sewer lines without a professional.

 

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tips for the homeowner

Trees and shrubs can cause damage to your sewer connections.  Many homeowners avoid planting trees and shrubs in their garden for this reason.  There are more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs that have been deemed safer to plant near and around sewer and stormwater pipes.

Older pipes and sewer connections can also wear with age.  If you suspect this is the case, contact Lucas Plumbing, and we can arrange an inspection of your connections.

Blockages on your property are the responsibility of the homeowner.  Blockages should only be repaired by a licensed plumber such as Lucas Plumbing.

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Help! I think my pipes are blocked

Often, sewer blockages can go unnoticed, and it’s not until disaster strikes that you realise you have a problem.  By that stage, it’s a big messy problem!

There are a few telltale signs to look out for early, that are a signal there may be a blockage in your sewer connection. 

Homeowners often suspect that slow draining water is a sign of a blockage in their sewer connection.  This is not always the case. If water drains away slowly, the blockage could be located in the U-bend of the sink.  

If there is a gurgling sound in the kitchen when someone flushes the toilet, in the laundry sink when someone is in the shower or when no water is running at all this could be a sign of a blockage in your sewer connection.

 

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Help! I think My pipes are blocked

If you can smell sewage in your home there is a chance there is a blockage in your sewage system.  You need a professional to diagnose and fix this problem. The lean at Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions will use our state of the art technology to investigate any possible blockages.

The number one sign that there is a blockage in your sewer connection is backfilling.  If the water has nowhere to go, it will start coming out other drains in your home, and it won’t be pretty.  If this is happening, turn the water off and immediately call Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions. We provide 24-hour support to give you peace of mind in emergency situations.

Blockages must be diagnosed by a licensed plumber and the professional team at Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions have technology such as CCTV cameras which can diagnose the extent of your blockage.

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OTHER SERVICES

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), but we can also do:

  • Gas Fitting
  • Leaking Taps
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Hot Water Units (Rinnai hot water is our preferred brand)
  • Heat Pumps
  • Residential and Commercial plumbing services

along with kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and project management.

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