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Milbur Plumbing offers comprehensive drain unblocking in Sydney and the surrounding areas. We strive to provide our customers with the very best service, with a fully licenced team of professionals available 24/7.

Our home’s drainage system is one of our property’s most used features, carrying water and waste away day in, day out without fuss or fanfare. It’s only when something goes wrong that we tend to pay attention to it. While pipe collapses and leaks are not out of the ordinary, the most common problem plumbers face is a blocked drain, something that can be caused by a multitude of different factors.

Here at Milbur Plumbing, we have seen all manner of blocked drains Sydney-wide. While drain blockages can often be resolved yourself using some simple tips, there are times when the situation requires urgent attention from professionals. When a toilet begins overflowing, a yard begins flooding, or you are unable to have a shower without fear of damaging the bathroom floor, a blocked drain goes from an inconvenience to something of an emergency. Unresolved, a blocked drain is not only a risk to your property but also to the health and welfare of your family, introducing damp and potentially attracting certain insects into your home.

In cases such as these, unblocking a drain is a matter of urgency and requires immediate professional attention.

Don't Put Off Your Blocked Drain Any Longer, Call Milbur Plumbing Today!

For residents of Sydney and the surrounding areas, industry leaders Milbur Plumbing are here to help. We are always on hand to offer expert solutions and advice to unblock your drain or fix any other drainage, plumbing, and gas problem you may have, ensuring the problem does not reoccur.

Whether you’re unsure if your drain is blocked or you are suffering from a major blockage that is causing considerable distress for you and your family, Milbur Plumbing is able to diagnose and clear your clogged drain with ease. We handle all plumbing problems from small leaks to complex sewer installations, working with both residential and commercial properties.

Why Choose Us For Your Blocked Drain Emergency

Our team of plumbing technicians have a combined experience of over 20 years and are each fully qualified and licenced to handle your plumbing, gas, and drainage problem safely and efficiently. We aim to get your home back to running as it should be, as fast as possible, without sacrificing workmanship or professionalism.

Milbur Plumbing achieves this by using the very latest drain clearing technology in combination with our team’s technical know-how to locate, unblock, and prevent blocked drains within your property. Whether it’s a blocked sewer main lines, kitchen sink, or slow draining shower, we know how to fix it and how to prevent it from happening again.

Milbur Plumbing offers the following services:

A family business first and foremost, Milbur Plumbing is a dedicated collaboration of plumbers, parents, and friends who serve the residents, families and businesses of Sydney, taking pride in what we do and holding ourselves to the highest standards in both our work and customer relations.

With our team ready and waiting to help you, you can rest assured that upon calling Milbur Plumbing, you are in safe hands, clearing blockages as fast as possible so you can get back to normal life.

Blocked Drains Come In Many Different Forms

Blockages can come in many different shapes and forms, affecting the various parts of our plumbing and drainage systems in different ways. Understanding the difference between each of these types of blockage can help diagnose your problem and allow you to resolve the issue quicker. If in doubt, Milbur Plumbing’s experienced plumbers can easily diagnose and clear any type of drain blockage, ensuring it is truly resolved.

Blocked Drains

Our homes feature all manner of drains, with toilets, sinks, showers, baths, and guttering all eventually running into our drainage system. Over time, these drains experience considerable wear and tear from a constant flow of water and waste, leading to fragile plastic and eroded concrete. This deterioration and misuse of our drainage system can cause us to experience blockages as debris and waste gets caught or become jammed in the drain.

Typically, this damage is not observable until it manifests itself as a backing up of water, flooding, or pooling at the ground level. We know from our extensive experience that blocked drains are often a repeat problem, meaning it's important to get your blocked drain diagnosed and your drainage system cleaned regularly.

Blocked Sinks

Subjected to stray bits of food and hygiene products entering its pipework, our kitchen and bathroom sinks are one of the most heavily used amenities in our homes. Sink blockages are therefore extremely common.

A blocked sink will typically begin to appear by water slowly draining out of the basin. While the problem may lessen, the chances are the problem is still lurking within your pipework with the most common cause being a build-up of fat, oil, and grease on lining the inside of your drainage system. This sticky substance will gradually collect other debris that falls down the sink and is resistant to being washed away by water alone.

Unblocking a sink can often be resolved yourself using some household items. But in the case of more severe blockages deeper into the system, the help of a professional plumber will be necessary.

Blocked Sewer

The sewer mainline is the main pipe responsible for carrying water and waste toward your area's sewage connection or septic tank. It is a large-diameter pipe and is typically located at the lowest point in your home. Being the largest pipe in your home's plumbing system, it is capable of carrying the wastewater and material from all of the property's smaller drainage lines, including bathroom and kitchen amenities.

A property's sewer mainline is the owner's responsibility, with sewer blockages only being the local authority's problem if it occurs beyond your home's boundary.

While the opening of the main sewer line is typically large and durable enough to handle day-to-day use, blockages do occur over time. Most common blockages are caused by a build-up of sludge, caused by oil, bio matter, and debris. These blockages are difficult to clear on your own, with many home and business owners unsure how to even access the main sewer line. Importantly, your sewer line also contains hazardous material so we always recommend employing the help of professionals for this sort of blockage.

Blocked Stormwater Drain

A stormwater drain (also sometimes called a stormwater line or surface water drain) is responsible for carrying away excess rainwater from our property's guttering system toward the local storm sewer.

Located at the ground level outside, stormwater drains are typically exposed to natural and manmade debris entering the drainage system. This can typically be leaves, bark, mud, soil, litter, grass cuttings as well as other potentially drain-blocking matter.

It's also possible for tree roots to penetrate stormwater drains and cause a partial blockage that gradually gets worse as matter becomes lodged against the roots.

As well as overflowing water in your yard or garden, a blocked stormwater drain can eventually lead to problems within the home, with toilets and sinks backing up and smells occurring.

Prevention is best here, with storm drain guards and gutter covers necessary to protect debris from falling down into the system. Milbur Plumbing can help clear storm drain blockages as well as install preventative measures on your property, ensuring the problem doesn't happen again.

DIY Steps For Unblocking a Drain

In some cases, it is possible to resolve a blocked drain yourself. using things, you likely have already within your home. These tried and true DIY drain unblocking methods are proven ways to resolve many types of blockage. While not all drain blockages can be resolved yourself, with plumbing systems fairly durable, there is no real risk in trying these out for yourself first before calling in a professional plumber.

Plunger man

Use a Plunger

While the humble plunger is typically thought of as something of an old-fashioned device, it is still one of the most effective unblocking tools with no professional toolkit complete without one.

In modern times, there are several different designs of plungers but each follows the same principle: applying suction force within the drainage system to dislodge and disrupt any blockages.

In the case of a blocked kitchen sink, for instance:

  1. Form a tight seal around the plug hole with the plunger’s rubber end.
  2. Push and pull the plunger rapidly without breaking the seal to create suction.
  3. Once a gurgling sound is heard, remove the plunger and flush water down the drain.

In some cases, it can help to use a little petroleum jelly around the edge of the rubber plunger to form a good seal.

Pour Hot Water

While not a cure-all, boiling water is a really effective way to resolve a lot of drain blockages, especially ones caused by grease and grime build-up. This means blockages in the shower and bathroom caused by conditioner and soap, the kitchen sink caused by greasy food, as well as the main sewer line that catches a lot of the waste.

Simply boil a large amount of water and pour it down the offending drain. In the case of the main sewer line, open the plastic access cap and let the water enter the system. It may take several attempts but as the grease and grime lining drainage pipes have such a low melting point, the heat entering the system is usually enough to melt it away.

Add Some Baking Soda and Vinegar

An old-fashioned remedy for unblocking sink traps and drains that have stood the test of time is the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar trick. This fizzy mixture helps dissolves hair and grime within the drain allowing blockages to resolve and is especially effective when combined with other tips.

  • Simply mix around 170 grams of bicarbonate of soda with around 300 millilitres of vinegar, stirring until frothy.
  • You’ll want to be quick mixing this and use a large container like a bucket as it will want to overflow.
  • Pour it down the affected drain and let it sit in the system for several hours. This gives it time to dissolve anything causing a blockage.

Flush away the mixture with hot water and, hopefully, the blockage will have resolved itself.

Try Using a Drain Snake

Drain snakes are simply devices that are pushed into the drainage system and used to physically dislodge and break up anything that is blocking the flow of water. While there are some especially powerful drain snakes on the market, these are only suitable for use by professionals who know how to use them without damaging the pipework.

For home use, a DIY drain snake can be something as simple as a bent wire hanger. Leaving a small hook on either the end so as not to lose the wire in the system, push the wire into the drain and attempt to dislodge and fetch out any debris that could be causing a blockage.

This is not an exact science, however, and tends to be less effective against grease and grime build-up. Nevertheless, as a short-term fix, this can help drain away water until professional advice is sought.

Call In The Experts

While it’s always good to have a go yourself, there are times when blockages refuse to give way, in some cases causing some distress for occupiers.

If you’ve tried these tips and you still suffer from a blocked drain, or you want the guarantee of a completely unblocked sink, call Milbur Plumbing in the Sydney area, or your local experts elsewhere. We are here to help solve your drainage problem as quick as possible to prevent discomfort, bad smells or damage to your property, and can also help stop the problem from coming back.

Signs It Is Time To Call In An Expert Blocked Drain Plumber In Sydney

In most cases, calling in expert plumbers straight away proves to be the best solution in the long term. Not only do professionals have the right tools and know-how to solve any type of blocked drain, but they are able to tell you exactly how it occurred and advise you on preventative action.

DIY solutions for blocked drains often neglect to address the cause of the blockage, meaning you will be reaching for the plunger sooner than you may think.

If you notice any of these symptoms, therefore, it’s time to call in the experts:

Slow Draining Water

Most of us have experienced taking a shower only to find it is rapidly turning into a bath as the water resists draining down the plug hole. Similarly, our dirty washing-up water may take a lot longer than we'd like to drain away upon pulling the plug.

Any time water takes a long time to drain away is a potential symptom of a blockage and should be investigated immediately. While a slow draining drain is not, in itself, an emergency, it can quickly turn into one and is something that should not be ignored.

Bad Smells

A bad smell within your property is potentially a sign that your drains are blocked. The smell itself is typically caused by standing water and waste matter within the pipework being allowed to fester, alongside bacterial build-up.

And while foul smells may be experienced from one drain more than others, this doesn't mean that's where the problem is located. Often, a blockage can reroute waste, water, and gases meaning that while your bathroom smells, the blockage itself may be located in your kitchen, for example.

For this reason, whenever your notice a persistent, foul odour emanating from your pipework, we advise getting a professional survey of your drainage system by professionals.

Water Pooling Around The Floor Drain

The shallow pan within our showers or the plug holes in the floors of our wet rooms should drain away water quite rapidly. With the floors gently sloped towards the opening, there should be no real pooling of water around our feet.

If you do notice water beginning to build up, it could be time to call in a professional plumber. Floor drains are typically harder to access yourself with a lot of the plumbing buried underneath the flooring. Professionals have the right tools to solve a blocked floor drain without needing to rip up tiles or take out shower cubicles.

Toilet Water Rising & Falling

If your toilet appears to have a mind of its own upon flushing, with the water level rising and falling repeatedly, you will need the help of a professional plumber.

A clog in the system can often cause a rise and fall in your toilet's water level and is easily resolved by a plumber. While resolving the problem yourself with a plunger is possible, there is no guarantee that the offending blockage has not become lodged further into the system. A professional, CCTV inspection of a toilet drainage system can help us to determine if the blockage has truly been resolved or if further action is necessary.

Overflowing Stormwater Drain

Another good indicator that it's time to call in a professional plumber is if you notice water pooling up around your ground-level drain holes.

A backing up of water here would indicate some fairly substantial blockages are occurring within your drainage system, often below ground making it inaccessible for DIY solutions. An overflowing drain can fast become a big problem too. The water can create dampness within your property walls and create sinkholes within your garden. In extreme cases, left unresolved, this has been known to cause subsidence of a property.

Drains Gurgling

A gurgling drain is typically caused by air and gases being forced back through a system by a blockage. When we drain away water, pockets of air and gas from around the waste matter that is blocking the pipe are disrupted by the flowing water, creating the sound most of us are familiar with.

As the gurgling sound is usually the result of a blockage, you may also notice a bad smell accompanying it as the noxious air backs up through the system. A gurgling sound indicates that there is at least a partial blockage, that may be fairly stubborn to dislodge and difficult to locate.

An expert inspection of the interior of your drainage system is therefore needed to ensure the problem is not serious and will not develop into a bigger issue.

The Likely Cause of Most Blocked Drains

Identifying the cause of a blocked drain can help stop the problem from reoccurring. Often, a drain becomes blocked through unintentional misuse but sometimes also through no fault of our own. Below, we’ve listed the most common causes of blocked drains and the reason they cause such problems.

Foreign Objects

Foreign objects flushed down the toilet or dropped down the plug are one of the most common things to cause a blocked drain. While drains are fairly robust, they are simply not designed to handle anything other than appropriate waste and water.

Young children are especially prone to dropping things down plug holes and the toilet, with objects such as car keys, toys, and even money found blocking drains over the years. Children don’t get all the blame, however, with plenty of offending objects also finding their way into the drainage system by adults, including mobile phones.

kitchen items drainage

Wet Wipes

While resembling toilet paper somewhat, wet wipes cannot be flushed down the toilet. They do not break down as quickly as toilet paper and get caught within the drainage system of your property. causing some fairly significant blockages.

This goes for baby wipes and facial wipes, both of which belong in the waste bin, not the toilet.

In recent years, there has emerged a type of wet wipe called washlets that are labelled suitable for flashing. While these do break down easier than toilet paper, they still pose a potential risk of drain blockage. As such we advise against their use.

Toilet Paper

While toilet paper is obviously suitable for flushing down the toilet, allowing too much to drain away at once can cause a major temporary blockage. Toilet paper breaks down fairly quickly in water but can catch other debris in the meantime, as well as risk overflowing the toilet and other amenities within your home.

Only flushing a small amount of toilet paper at a time is therefore recommended. If a blockage does occur, resist the temptation to try and flush away the toilet paper as the water may back up. Instead, simply let the water sit for a while to break down the paper naturally. In some cases, a plunger may help too.

Hair Build-Up

Our showers, sinks, and baths are constantly subjected to stray hairs as we wash our heads and bodies. These hairs can often become entangled and cause blockages within our drainage systems that can be quite difficult to unclog.

Compounding the issue is the use of conditioner and soap that line the hair as it falls into the drain. This cause an additional problem of grease build-up within the pipework that exacerbates the issue over time.

Tree Roots

Nature is often at odds with our drainage systems, with tree roots one of the biggest offenders. As trees root out in search of water beneath properties they can often force their way into pipework causing some serious blockages in the process.

Even small cracks in a pipe can find roots forcing their way through, using the internal waste as a steady water supply. This makes the root grow thicker, causing an even more major problem.

Avoiding this is not easy with a lot of drainage systems lying within the grounds of a property. Nevertheless, active measures can be taken by using professional plumbers such as Milbur Plumbing to inspect your drainage pipework regularly using CCTV cameras, and using cutting tools to dislodge and remove offending roots.

Food Scraps

The remnants of our meals left often get flushed down plugholes as we wash up our pots, pans, plates and cutlery. This should be avoided, however, with scraps scraped thoroughly into the rubbish bin instead.

If left to flush down the kitchen sink or dishwasher outlet, these bits of food can cause a major blocked drain that is fairly resistant to DIY methods of removal.

food scraps

Grease Build-Up

The grease, fat, and butter we use during cooking both at home and in commercial properties are one of the most common causes of a blocked drain, with them forming a gunky build-up within the pipework. While fat and grease may enter the drain as a liquid, the cooler interior of the pipe causes them to become solid.

This grease and grime culminate into large clogs that can cause water to back up through our system, as well as give off a bad smell.

To avoid this sort of blockage, simply bottle or contain used fat and grease and dispose of it within your rubbish bin.

The top causes of blocked drains

Broken Pipes

A collapsed or partially broken pipe can cause major blockages that can be difficult to diagnose and resolve without professional help.

Broken pieces of pipe can obstruct the flow of water and also allow soil and other debris to enter the pipework. A broken pipe will result in some noticeable problems within your property including overflowing toilets, non-functioning drains, and bad smells.

If you suspect, you have a broken pipe you need to call a professional plumber immediately. They will be able to help locate the broken pipe and replace or repair it before it does further damage to your property.

The Methods Milbur Plumbing Uses to Unblock Drains

Here at Milbur Plumbing, we employ several professional techniques to inspect and unblock drains. We use the latest training and technology to fix your plumbing problem with the least amount of disturbance possible.

CCTV Inspection

We use snaking CCTV cables to view the inside of your pipework, helping us to locate blocked drains as well as ensuring the problem is resolved. The video feed can be viewed live and even recorded and inspected by other team members should it be necessary.

Jet Blasting

Our state-of-the-art jet blasting tools allow us to resolve blockages without the need for invasive or destructive techniques.

Also known as hydro-jetting, jet blasting uses high-pressure water jets to clean the inside of pipework, dislodging blockages, and is even capable of cutting tree roots using an array of specialised nozzles.

The benefits of jet-blasting are:

  • No damage to pipework
  • No digging or removal of pipes necessary
  • Non-chemical solution
  • Suitable for all types of blockage
  • Faster than other techniques

The method is simple: with the hose inserted into your drainage system until the blockage is found, upon which the jet streams are activated and allowed to unclog drain and pipework.

Electric Eel

Milbur Plumbing also makes use of a tool known as an electric eel. This tool comprises a flexible cable spooled on a reel that is inserted into your drainage system. On the end of this cable is a brush or forked head that rotates at high speed to clear and disrupt blockages. Electric eels come in various shapes and sizes and are most suitable for clearing blockages caused by physical debris such as leaves. Milbur Plumbing’s expert technicians will typically use an electric eel in addition to jet blasting to help resolve a blockage by first cutting through debris before being blasted away.

Chemical Treatment

In some cases, our plumbers will feel it is necessary to use chemical solutions to resolve a blocked drain. These powerful, caustic reagents are suitable for handling only by professionals with Milbur’s team trained to use them safely within your home.

While there are over-the-counter sink unblocking solutions available, the ones used by our experts are strong, caustic chemicals that can dissolve matter such as hair and grime. These chemicals will leave the inside of your pipework clean and clear from blockages and allow water to flow freely once again.


Plungers are still highly effective at dislodging blockages and all of our plumbing experts have one on hand.

While a household plunger is usually good enough, professional plungers can often look a little different, using different suction methods to generate more force.

The types of plunger you may see us using include

Flat plunger: This is the kind of plunger you will likely see stowed away under your own kitchen sink, with a flat, rubber head and a wooden or plastic handle.

Flange/toilet plunger: A flange plunger is also known as a toilet plunger (though is not exclusively used for toilets), and features a rubber section that protrudes from the bottom of the suction cup to form a tighter seal.

Accordion plunger: This type of plunger is used by professionals to generate considerable suction force, using harder, sprung plastic. They are more difficult to use as the hardened plastic does not form a tight seal around drainage holes, but in the right hands can dislodge even the most stubborn blockages without further action.

Taze plunger: A taze plunger is a professional tool used by plumbers to generate suction within the drainage system itself. They feature a metal rod with a rubber disc attached that is designed to fit pipework exactly, creating a good seal. This rubber disc creates incredibly high pressure within the pipework, de-clogging anything that may be causing problems.

Permanent Blocked Drain Repair in Sydney

After experiencing a major blockage, we will use our drain CCTV cameras to inspect the condition of your drainage system’s pipework. In the eventuality we find a piece of pipework is broken or completely collapsed, we use a couple of different techniques to resolve the problem.

Pipe Relining

Pipe relining is a modern, non-invasive technique to repair and improve pipework within your property that is often much more cost-effective than replacement options.

  1. The first step involves inspecting the site using our CCTV drain cameras to see the extent of the damage. If the broken pipe is suitable for pipe relining, we will then begin to prepare the section.
  2. Preparation involves cleaning the inside of the pipe using jet blasting. This clears away the debris and broken pieces of pipe to allow the new lining to adhere.
  3. We will then reinspect the section with CCTV to ensure the pipe is adequately cleaned and ready for relining.
  4. Next, we will reline the pipe using a thick, durable resin with a liner and an inflated bladder to form a hollow. The result is a brand new brand within the old one.
  5. After finishing up joining the pipework together using robotic cutters, we ensure the new pipe is fit and ready for purpose.

Not only is relining quicker and often cheaper than excavation, but it is also more durable than traditional pipework, with the old pipe strengthening the new one. This smooth, new resin pipe and epoxy liner also have an increased flow capacity, meaning fewer blockages and problems in the future.

Pipe Replacement

In the case of a shallow pipe that is severely blocked or completely collapsed sewer mainline, for example, a complete excavation and replacement are necessary.

Replacement begins with the ground atop the old pipe excavated and put aside. For this reason, we only excavate when necessary as this can cause some disruption to garden and yard features. Milbur Plumbing’s experts will advise you whether an excavation of an old pipe is necessary and if possible always offer a less-invasive resolution if possible.

With the offending pipework exposed, we will remove it and replace it with a new section of pipe. While some pipework can be repaired, with groundwork already removed, replacement is usually the best course of action to ensure further blockages do not occur.

Excavation typically takes longer than relining and requires more team members. Most excavations will take multiple days too, meaning pipe relining is always recommended when possible.

Steps to Prevent Blocked Drains Once They Are Fixed

Upon fixing your blocked drain, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent the problem from reoccurring. These tips involve small changes to our behaviour and an understanding of the way in which our home’s drainage system works, including its limitations.

Use Sink Strainers

Even if we are being extremely careful, debris often finds itself in our sinks, baths, showers, and outdoor drains. Sink strainers or drain guards are therefore a necessity to prevent future blockages.

Sink strainers are designed to catch food and other debris from entering the drain that would otherwise pass through traditional plug holes. They will typically catch food, hair, and bits of soap.

Not only are these good for preventing blockages, but they are great for preventing the loss of items such as jewellery that we may drop while washing up or taking a shower.

It is important to regularly empty your strainer, however, to ensure it itself does not become clogged.

Use Sink Strainers

Even if we are being extremely careful, debris often finds itself in our sinks, baths, showers, and outdoor drains. Sink strainers or drain guards are therefore a necessity to prevent future blockages.

Sink strainers are designed to catch food and other debris from entering the drain that would otherwise pass through traditional plug holes. They will typically catch food, hair, and bits of soap.

Not only are these good for preventing blockages, but they are great for preventing the loss of items such as jewellery that we may drop while washing up or taking a shower.

It is important to regularly empty your strainer, however, to ensure it itself does not become clogged.

Don’t Pour Oil or Grease Down Your Drains

Oil, fat, grease, and melted butter are amongst the top offenders when it comes to blocked drains. These semi-liquid foodstuffs find their way into the drain through the kitchen sink after washing up, or through drain misuse after frying or cooking.

Instead of pouring these down the drain, they should be disposed of in a container such as a plastic bottle and placed, in the rubbish bin. If poured down the drain, the liquid fat will congeal and form a gunky lining on the inside of your pipework, causing other debris to become caught, creating some severe blockages in some cases.

Be Careful What You Flush Down the Toilet

While a toilet may seemingly have no trouble flushing away wet wipes, cotton balls, band-aids and other hygiene products, problems may be developing further into your drainage system.

It is important to always dispose of nappies, sanitary towels, tampons, facial wipes, wet wipes, and anything else located within the bathroom or toilet in the bin. The toilet is designed for toilet paper, water, and human waste only. Flushing anything else down the toilet is a sure-fire way to develop a blockage and can end up costing you money as well as time in the future.

Regular Drain Maintenance with Jet Blasting

We may not pay much attention to our drains and plumbing when it is working correctly but taking preventative action can save a lot of time and money.

Milbur Plumbing recommends a yearly jet blasting of your drainage system in order to prevent build-ups, clogs, and blockages from occurring, with debris, swept away before they become major issues.

Contact Milbur Plumbing for Sydney Wide Blocked Drain Services

For those in the Sydney central business district, Milbur Plumbing is on hand to resolve your blocked drain or other plumbing problem.

As local Sydney plumbers, we know how to get to your property as quickly as possible avoiding traffic and locating access points easily. With our expert team, a fleet of dedicated vehicles, and professional mobile equipment we can arrive at your business or property fast, diagnosing and resolving any plumbing issue.

We also cover the entirety of the beautiful North Shore region of Sydney. Our emergency plumbers in the North Shore are ready and waiting to come to your property and help.

With a large team at our disposal, we are able to get to those in the North Shore region faster than many of our competitors, resolving your problem before it becomes a bigger issue, damaging your property and wellbeing.

We offer commercial, residential and emergency plumbing services to properties located within the Northern Beaches territory.

Milbur Plumbing’s experts are located throughout the area covering the entirety of the Northern Beaches, including Bayview, Mona Vale, Lovett Bat, Beacon Hill, Pittwater, Warriewood, Newport, and all other areas.

Before calling out, we are able to offer repair cost estimates based on the information provided. While a more accurate quote will be made before repair begins, Milbur Plumbing appreciates no one likes unexpected bills, providing an estimate based on our experience of these symptoms can help you plan ahead.

Milbur Plumbing also serves the more metropolitan regions of Sydney, including the Eastern Suburbs.

If you are looking for an emergency plumber in the Eastern Suburbs, you should get in contact with Milbur Plumbing now. We can send out a nearby plumbing expert from our team who will be able to unblock your drain, fix your broken pipe, and otherwise assist you with your plumbing problem.

For the residents and commercial businesses residing in the Inner West suburbs, Milbur Plumbing is able to provide emergency and non-emergency plumbing services, with professional plumbers nearby and ready to call out now.

Our plumbers take pride in what they do and will arrive promptly, keeping you informed of their diagnosis and resolution options throughout. Those in need of an Inner West emergency plumber should call Milbur Plumbing now with experts available 24/7.

Sutherland Shire, NSW, is also one of the areas that Milbur Plumbing covers, with experts ever ready to come and help fix your toilet, shower, drainage, or other problem.

Milbur Plumbing’s reputation as a reliable, friendly, and professional service extends to all of our customers. Those in need of a plumber in Sutherland Shire can expect a top-class service and save the hassle of ringing around other services by going straight to the best in town, Milbur Plumbing.

Milbur Plumbing proudly serves the local people and businesses of Sydney and the surrounding areas. We provide a comprehensive and professional plumbing service including drain unblocking, gas plumbing solutions, repairs, and advice.


Frequently Asked Questions

Drains become blocked due to misuse, wear and tear, and because of accidents.

We misuse drains when we allow foreign objects to enter the system. This can be something as simple as too much toilet paper, or pouring oil down the kitchen sink.

Blockages also happen because pipework becomes damaged over time due to ground disruption, roots, or debris entering the drainage system. Broken bits of pipework can cause obstruction and interrupt the flow of water.

We may also accidentally block our drains through everyday use. Our hair, for instance, can enter the drain and build-up to create a blockage. Similarly, lost jewellery and broken bits of soap may also develop into significant problems if left unchecked.

Most unblocking jobs will cost below $500 with most being significantly less.

The cost of unblocking a drain depends on the complexity of the problem and how long it takes to resolve. Upon inspection and diagnosis of the problem, Milbur Plumbing will be able to quote the cost of fixing the problem.

The best way to prevent a blockage is to simply prevent debris from entering the drainage system in the first place. This means being mindful of what is allowed near your plugholes, as well as using sink strainers wherever possible. Keeping outdoor areas free from leaves, soil, and other garden debris can also help prevent stormwater drains from becoming clogged.

The main signs of a clogged drain include

  • Gurgling sounds
    Bad smells
  • Backflows of water
  • Pooling of water around ground-level drains
  • Slow drainage
You can try to clear a blocked drain yourself using a plunger, a bicarbonate and vinegar solution, or a drain snake. Often, it is necessary to call a plumber, however, as some blockages require professional equipment to dislodge.
Most blockages can be resolved quickly, taking a couple of hours of work. Significant or multiple blockages may take longer.
Milbur Plumbing’s CCTV drain cameras have remote displays attached allowing our experts to see exactly what is causing the blockage. Customers are more than welcome to view the blockage for themselves and ask our plumbers any questions should they have any.
If your drain is blocked and the problem is likely to cause damage to your property through flooding, call Milbur Plumbing or your local emergency plumber now. Blocked drains, Sydney or otherwise, require urgent attention to prevent floor damage and potential damage to occupant health. If the problem is not an emergency, it is worth attempting to resolve the blockage yourself using our DIY drain unlocking tips. Upon resolving the issue, you should book a drain cleaning jet blast at your earliest convenience to ensure the problem is truly sorted.
If the blockage resides in the sewer main line within your property’s boundary, then it is your responsibility to resolve the problem. If the blockage falls beyond your property line, then it is the responsibility of the local authority who should be notified immediately. It can be difficult to determine exactly where a blockage may be occurring. Milbur Plumbing recommends using our CCTV inspection service to discover the blockage, with our experts able to advise exactly whose responsibility the blockage is.
Milbur Plumbing has experts ready and waiting 24/7 to fix all manner of plumbing emergencies. If you need an emergency plumber in Sydney then Milbur Plumbing’s 20+ years of experience, reliable and friendly service, and cutting-edge technology are here to help.