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5 Common Causes of Clogged Drains

5 Common Causes of Clogged Drains | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

There’s nothing more frustrating than a clocked drain, especially since they are most often accompanied by foul odours. So, what are the common causes and how do you avoid them?

1. Foreign Objects

Though unintentional, there are some object that can easily be dropped down the drain, such as soap and jewellery. It can also be a case of small children flushing toys down the toilet, or even too much toilet paper or other such things. All of which, lead to clogged drains and eventual blockages requiring a plumber to service.

 2. Plants

Exterior drains, such as rainwater drains, can often become clogged by plants, dirt and leaves. In their quest for moisture, sometimes tree roots find their way to the pipes causing cracking and blockages. Regular maintenance is required to ensure trees, plants, leaves and roots aren’t building up or creeping closer to causing major damage.

 3. Hair

Hair in the bathroom is your bath or shower drains worst enemy. It builds up in the drain and can lead to some serious blockages and potential flooding. The good news, is that there are many devices available that can be placed over the drains to help grab hair before it gains entry to the pipes.

4. Grease, Fat and Oils

Greasy and fatty substances should under no circumstances be poured down your sinks drain! They will only harden and cause major clogging and blockages. You need to be disposing of these things into the garbage, they are always harmful to your plumbing when tipped into the sink.

5. Toiletries

Nappies, baby wipes and an exuberant amount of toilet paper usage is all harmful to your drainage! All of these products will swell when they hit water and will not easily disintegrate. Giving them the flush is going to be a decision you will immensely and immediately regret when everything starts rushing back up!

We all know that a blocked toilet or drain can become much more than an inconvenience. Blockages can become a health risk to your family and loves ones. Bacteria, faecal matter and other harmful substances in blocked drains will expose people nearby to potentially serious health problems. At M.J. Walker Plumbing we offer expert services for all drain blockages and more. Our experienced plumbers can make sure your Gold Coast homes drains and pipes are completely free and clear.

3 Plumbing Projects You Should Avoid

3 Plumbing Projects You Should Avoid | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

Doing it yourself and avoiding the cost of hiring a plumber may seem like a good idea, but there are some plumbing projects that should simply always be handled by a professional plumber. Here are three plumbing projects you should avoid doing yourself.

 New Water Heater

Avoid the temptation of installing a new water heater yourself! Electric water heaters deal with on average 240 volts of electricity, and if handled incorrectly can lead to a seriously dangerous situation. This is also true of gas heaters, in which potentially harmful gas leaks can occur. You should be insisting on hiring a plumber to install your water heater, as they will correctly get the job done in a safe and secure process, saving you and your home from any potential damage.

Low Water Pressure

If not addressed correctly and promptly, this seemingly simple problem can lead to some major issues down the road. If it’s making your showers unbearable, it can feel pretty tempting to attempt fixing it yourself. However, there isn’t always a definitive and easy cause for low water pressure issues. It can be a cracked pipe, hidden leak or something more serious that’s affecting the pressure, and you might incorrectly diagnose the issue and cause further problems. An experienced plumber can assess the low-pressure issue and determine the best course of action.


No matter if you are renovating your entire home or just a single space or room, you need to ensure that all the plumbing is handed by a professional plumber. They can ensure the correct and exact dimensions required for your new appliances, guarantee an excellent quality installation and prevent future issues cause by poor installation.

Whether you have a leaking or running toilet, leaking tap, burst pipe or bathroom renovation, M.J.Walker Plumbing can take care of it efficiently and without fuss. Each area of general plumbing maintenance, domestic or commercial, requires specialised knowledge as all brands and applications differ. People often attempt to repair leaking taps, burst pipes and running toilets only to discover that it isn’t as easy as it seems. We deal with all major plumbing brands and have the industry experience and qualifications to take on any Gold Coast job!