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Your plumbing system is a very important part of your home’s structure and yet the majority of people take it for granted until there’s a problem. Not only does a network of pipes bring clean water into your home but it also takes dirty water away, which is a priceless service in any modern home today. Unfortunately, many people mistreat their plumbing system without even knowing it. Failure to take proper care of your plumbing system can cause damage which may be expensive to repair, not to mention the inconvenience it can cause.

Let’s take a closer look at 5 things which could be wreaking havoc with your plumbing.


Glass, metal, paper, plastic, and other items of rubbish can cause major problems and damage your plumbing system, often entering through toilets, drains, and rubbish disposals. Never use your drains as a rubbish bin as this can cause a drain blockage which is likely to necessitate a call to your local plumber.

Remember to avoid flushing things like nappies down the drain or cat litter, as these can and do cause major blockages, which can be costly to remove. Instead, make proper use of your rubbish bin and have several dotted around your home.

Cooking oil

Okay, we’ve all done it, but it’s really not wise to pour cooking oil from your frying pan down your kitchen sink. Cooking oil and fat solidifies once it cools down and can collect in pipes and septic systems leading to problems and blocked drains which will eventually need repair.

Tree Roots

Often people plant trees close to their homes for shade or privacy never considering the fact that these trees will grow larger and spread their roots. Most plumbers will agree when we say that tree roots are one of the biggest culprits for causing damage to your drains. As trees use their roots to search for water, they can find their way into pipework through small cracks causing major drainage problems which are usually costly and stressful to repair.

To prevent this happening avoid planting trees close to the lateral line, choose trees and shrubs which grow slowly, and replace any that are getting out of hand.


Hair clogging your shower drain is a messy sight at the best of times and although it causes minimal disruption to your plumbing system, if combined with fats and rubbish, it can cause a nasty blockage.

Liquid drain cleaners

Although these products seem like the perfect quick fix, they often contain harsh chemicals which can cause damage to a plumbing system, plus they’re not necessarily good for the environment.

What’s more, if you find they don’t work the first time, it’s not uncommon for most people to repeat their use a couple more times which is not only a waste of time it could create problems for your plumber when he/she comes to fix the problem properly.

If you have a plumbing problem, big or small, then contact your local Brisbane plumber. Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage has been servicing Brisbane and its suburbs for a great many years and offers an affordable, reliable, and efficient plumbing service. Call us today and we’ll send one of our trusted technicians straight to you.