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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 and sewer drainage in good condition. Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions can install your new Adelaide sewer connection or maintain your existing sewer connection and plumbing systems. We can also take care of a range of other plumbing necessities around your home from the installation of water filtration for clean drinking water, kitchen sink installation and maintenance of stormwater connections.

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.

Emergency plumbing is our speciality! If your sewer drains are blocked causing a sewage leak, you need our experienced and plumbers fast to inspect the pipes on your property.

We can also take care of your non-emergency plumbing needs, such as water pressure issues, pipe relining and hot water systems.

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frequently asked questions

The Low Down on Adelaide Sewer Connections!

We are often asked many questions about sewer connections, water supplies and efficiency, sewerage systems and septic installation.

Here is 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 drainage and stormwater drains are all connected. After all, isn’t that why sometimes your sewer pipes might become blocked during a large storm? It is all a myth. If your sewer pipes become blocked or you have a clogged sewer line 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 on your drainage systems. 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 or changes to your water pipes.

What is the gurgling sound coming from my drain? And why is the water not draining the way it used to?

A gurgling sound coming from your drain is often the result of a blockage in the venting pipe. The blockage allows air through the water in the drain, and this is what is causing the sound. The blockage can be a mixture of dirt and grease build-up or something more serious. CCTV inspection of the water pipes on your property is recommended.

As well as a gurgling sound, a blockage in the venting pipe will also give some other signs:

  • Drain pipes, such as the kitchen sink or shower drain, that are slow to drain;
  • A bad smell coming from the drain pipes;
  • Changes in flush to the toilet.

For tips on how to prevent these costly sewer problems, see Tips for the Homeowner below.

Is a clogged sewer line expensive to fix?

A clogged sewer line generally means that there is a blockage in your sewer pipes otherwise known as a clogged sewer line. When there is a blockage there is nowhere for the water to go and as a result water manages to 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 of sewer gases indicating that there is a blockage in the wastewater system.

If the sewer blockage is within the home plumbing systems or sewerage systems, it can be an easy fix. It can be cleared by the homeowner using a plunger or unclogging chemicals until the sewer drains are clear (be wary of these though as they can cause damage to pvc piping or other pipes on your property) or you may require the services of a licensed plumber to check the sewer line, check with your plumber, often they have no call out fees. Many plumbers will carry out a sewer inspection of your sewer drainage system using specialist CCTV technology or a sewer camera which can be sent down the sewer pipe inspection shaft to identify blockages, trapped water or sewage leaks. After diagnosis, the plumber will then guide you on the best course of action for sewage disposal either through a sewer repair, septic tank repair or clear the clogged sewer line with a sewer pipe cleaner. In rare cases, your sewer systems water pipes may need a complete repair.

Sometimes, blockages can occur outside of the home in the main sewer line. These can be called sewer chokes, and these are serious business and are often classed as a plumbing emergency! A main sewer line blockage can occur because of tree roots cracking the pvc piping or other pipes on your property 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, maybe even pipe relining and this is where costs will add up, and repairs will get messy.

If you suspect there is a sewer backup or sewer drainage problem in your home, it is a good idea to have the pipes on your property inspected by a plumber as soon as you can before an emergency plumbing systems situation arises. More information can be found below.

To prevent sewer drainage or other plumbing emergency problems that can affect your water supplies and plumbing systems, you can have a chat to your plumber about a sewer cleanout to keep the sewer drain clear and sewage disposal and other drainage systems running at optimal performance.

My water pressure is low. Does this indicate a sewer blockage?

Sometimes, low water pressure can be the result of a blocked sewer other times it might be something as simple as the shut-off valve being partially closed, or the faucet being blocked. If you are unsure, it is best to contact a fully licensed plumber who can use specialised sewer cameras to diagnose sewer problems or other plumbing problems in your home.

How do I locate my sewer pipes?

For the majority of Adelaide Homes, a diagram of sewer pipes, sewer drainage systems and other connections or plumbing systems 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. Water sources are also identified on the plans.

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 to find out the wastewater system set up and other pipes on your property. Be sure to check the plumbers call out fees first!

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 for sewage disposal.

A septic tank generally consists of one or two watertight tanks called septic tanks and one or two sets of sewer 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, septic tank 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. Often these can be fixed by a sewer cleanout.

We also often see sewer pipe damage usually caused by tree roots, this can cause a blocked sewer.

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. We can also attend to any plumbing emergency with minimal call out fees.

How can I avoid costly sewer pipe problems?

The easiest way to prevent problems with your sewer plumbing and sewage disposal 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 PVC piping 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 blocked pipes, sewer drains 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 PVC piping 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 on your property 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. This can lead to an expensive and messy plumbing emergency such as damage to plumbing fixtures, blocked sewer lines or other sewer problems.

At Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions we pride ourselves on putting the customer first and have 24-hour support for emergency plumbing 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 build-up, 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 within your sewerage systems 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 is not until disaster strikes that you realise you have a problem. By that stage, it is a big messy plumbing emergency!

There are a few tell-tale 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 or sewage gases in your home, there is a chance there is a blocked pipe in your sewage system. You need a professional to diagnose and fix a sewer blockage. The team at Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions will use our state-of-the-art technology to investigate any possible blocked sewer pipes on your property.

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 sink drains in your home, and it won’t be pretty. If this is happening, turn the water sources off and immediately call Lucas Plumbing and Gas Solutions. This is a plumbing emergency and we provide 24-hour support to give you peace of mind in emergency plumbing situations.

Sewer 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 blocked pipe and sewer drains.

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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/sewer line 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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