Dealing with Drain Sludge

If the bathroom, kitchen or laundry drains smell, this is usually caused by sludge build up in your drains and traps.

Nearly all of us have, or will have to face it at some point in our lives: that horrible moment when you have to pull the clumps of hair, soap scum, food, mouldy black slime and other debris out of our sink drains.

Unfortunately, and particularly with the kitchen sink, we often can’t reach the blockage as it has built up deep in the drainage system – or perhaps it’s a good thing that we can’t reach it?!

So why do these blockages happen?

Fats, Oil, Grease and Grit

The main culprits tend to be things like liquid soaps and detergents, as well as fats, oil, grease and grit (affectionally known in the plumbing industry as FOGG).

When we tip these types of substances down the drain, they are often warm or mixed with boiling water and in a liquid state, so they flow away easily.

With modern drains such as PVC, the temperature of these FOGGs will quickly drop and they begin to solidify. Over time, this accumulates and can turn into that slime or sludge, or in extreme situations a “fatberg”, and voila – smelly or blocked drains.

Drain Cleaning Brisbane

Once your pipe is blocked, you will likely need professional help to diagnose and treat the problem.

Here at Nuflow Brisbane South, our team are the experts when it comes to drain cleaning and can offer a range of solutions depending on the severity of the problem:

  • Water jetting may be used to dislodge and flush out the gunk that is causing the blockage;
  • A high tech CCTV drain camera can be used to determine the state of the pipe;
  • And any damage to your pipes can be easily repaired using our patented ‘no dig’ technology. We can reline your pipes to make them stronger and better than ever –  all without having to excavate, dig or destroy any of your property!

A Preventative Measure is to Treat Your Drains

While a mix of bicarb soda and vinegar, using a plunger, or commercial products (eg Draino) may help, some jobs require the professional touch.

When Drain Sludge Won’t Budge

If you are dealing with blocked drains in Brisbane south and surrounds, then give us a call today on (07) 3277 8401 and we’ll deal with the dreaded smelly drain sludge for you!

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