What the Client Was After
The client, who resided in one of Sydney’s older suburbs, had an older property that had not been renovated for many decades. As a result, the plumbing and sewer lines were outdated and needed replacement. The client reached out to Plumbwell Plumbing Services for assistance in replacing their old, malfunctioning sewage lines and pipes with new, durable PVC pipes. The old pipes had become infested with roots, preventing them from functioning efficiently, which prompted the need for replacement.
What Work Was Completed
We removed all the old pipework and replaced it with new PVC pipe, a modern, durable, long-lasting material. PVC pipes are resistant to corrosion, which is a common issue with older metal pipes, and also have a smooth inner surface that reduces friction and allows for better water and sewage flow.
Removing all the old pipework and replacing it with PVC pipes ensured that the new system would be more reliable and efficient and that any issues caused by roots or corrosion would be eliminated.
The end result of the project was a sewer system that is now in excellent condition and able to function properly for many years to come, as PVC pipes are known to have a long lifespan of around 70 years with minimal to zero problems. And with regular maintenance and inspections, the sewer system will continue to function optimally and avoid any issues arising. The client can have peace of mind that they won’t have to worry about their plumbing system for another 70 years, and the team at Plumbwell Plumbing Services made sure of that.
How Tree Roots Can Reak Havoc on Your Plumbing System
Tree roots can cause significant damage to your plumbing system if they make their way into your pipes. These roots are naturally attracted to the moisture and nutrients in the pipes and can grow through small cracks and joints, causing them to become blocked and reducing the flow of water or sewage.
Over time, the roots can cause the pipes to collapse, leading to the system’s complete failure. This can be a costly and time-consuming problem to fix, and it can also result in the need for an entire replacement of the affected pipes.
Another problem caused by tree roots in plumbing systems is root intrusion. As the roots grow, they can intrude into the pipes and cause significant blockages. This can lead to poor drainage, slow-running toilets, and even sewage backups. When left unaddressed, these blockages can cause serious damage to your pipes and can be difficult to remove without professional help.
It’s also important to note that tree roots can grow into sewer lines and cause the same problems to your main sewer line and lead to the need for excavation to remove the roots and repair the lines, which can be a costly, disruptive and time-consuming job.
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Sewage Pipes
- Frequent clogs: If your drains are frequently becoming clogged, it could be a sign that your sewage pipes are in need of replacement. Old or damaged pipes may not be able to effectively transport waste and water, leading to blockages and slow drainage.
- Unpleasant odours: If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your drains, it could be a sign that your sewage pipes are damaged or in need of replacement. A musty smell or a smell of rotting waste could indicate a problem with your pipes.
- Slow drainage: If your sinks, toilets, or shower drains are draining slowly, it could be a sign that your sewage pipes are partially blocked or damaged. Slow drainage can be caused by a variety of issues, including broken or collapsed pipes, tree roots growing into the pipes, or a buildup of grease and debris.
- Gurgling sounds: If you hear gurgling sounds from your drains, it could be a sign that your sewage pipes are blocked or damaged. These sounds occur when there is an obstruction in the pipes, preventing proper waste and water flow.
- Visible signs of damage: If you are able to see visible signs of damage to your sewage pipes, such as cracks, leaks, or holes, it is a clear indication that your pipes need to be replaced. These issues can lead to water and waste leaks, which can cause serious damage to your home and the environment.
- Age of pipes: One of the most common reasons to replace sewage pipes is simply due to their age. Over time, pipes can become corroded, brittle, and worn, which can lead to a variety of problems, including leaks, blockages, and even complete failures.
- Constant repairs: If you frequently have to repair your sewage pipes, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace them altogether. Constant repairs can be a sign that your pipes have reached the end of their lifespan, and it will continue to cost you more time and money if you don’t replace them.
Where the Job Was Undertaken
The job was undertaken in the Sydney suburb of Rosebery, NSW.
Who Worked on the Job
The original pipes:
The newly installed pipes