Don’t drain wallet
JUST about every household deals with a clogged sink or drain once in a while.
But prolonged problems can be expensive and usually involve a plumber.
In the worst cases, a home’s entire sewer system can become backed up.
Sydney Water receives thousands of plumbingrelated reports from customers and says residents are partly to blame for these issues.
In many cases, proper care has not been taken. People clog their home system by flushing down their sinks and toilets pretty much anything from cooking grease, coffee grounds, food, hair, soap and even baby wipes.
Addressing the plumbing issue can cost the homeowner anything between $300 to $16,000, Sydney Water’s Sonia Doohan says.
One of the absolute best ways to prevent a slow or clogged drain is to be careful about what you put into them, Doohan says.
“When we flush the toilet, pull out a plug in the bath or kitchen sink, have a shower or use the washing machine or dishwasher, we don’t give a thought to what happens afterwards,” she says.
“Our sewer pipes are underground and as a result, out of mind.
“Sluggish drainage or a toilet gurgling are tell-tale signs that something is wrong.”
Using common sense and a few simple do-it-yourself checks can potentially save sewage back-flow disasters.
Sydney Water has more than 25,000kms of wastewater pipes in its network and removes and treats around 1.4 billion litres of wastewater (sewage) every day.
“Most people consider wastewater or sewage to be basically poo, but the reality is that wastewater is more than 99.95 per cent water from your kitchen sink, bathroom, shower, laundry and toilet,’’ Doohan adds. For tips and more see: sydneywater.com.au