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A blocked stormwater drain can be a major headache. Typically making itself known during the rainy seasons or after a storm, blocked stormwater drains will overflow with water causing rain to pool around your home and run into the street. Not only can this excess water be an annoyance to deal with but can also begin to damage your home and neighbouring structures if left unresolved, lapping under doors and damaging floors, eroding walls and causing dampness to occur.

While it can be tempting to ignore an overflowing stormwater drain or try to sort the problem yourself, due to the underground location of stormwater pipework and the nature of these blockages, professional help is almost always a necessity to unblock your drain.

Fortunately, for those in and around Sydney, Milbur Plumbing has a comprehensive stormwater drain unblocking service to ensure your property remains safe and secure from water damage.

Why Choose Milbur Plumbing in Sydney For Your Blocked Stormwater Drains?

While a blocked stormwater drain can be quite a big problem, Milbur Plumbing is here to help resolve even the most significant blockages. As a family business first and foremost, we strive to hold ourselves to a higher standard of service with all of our workmanship coming with a lifetime guarantee. This means you can count on Milbur Plumbing’s fully-licensed technicians to fix your plumbing, gas, or drainage problem whether it’s simply to perform some routine maintenance on your guttering or fix the most stubborn of stormwater drain blockages. We offer transparent and honest pricing, with free estimates given over the phone before calling out to your property. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can count on us when you need it most.

See What Our Customers Are Saying

“The stormwater system was blocked and led to the water bubbling up from underground during heavy rain days. Milbur Plumbing team came onsite to investigate the problem, and designed a solution to fix the issue with a modern solution. The team is very professional and easy to communicate with. They explained details of their work to me on a daily basis which makes me confident in the solution. I am absolutely pleased to recommend the Milbur Plumbing team.”

Chaoyang Zhu

“The most professional plumbing company I’ve ever engaged with. Milbur fixed and replaced much of our 100-year-old sewer which was blocked and overflowing. They have top-notch equipment, materials and workmanship … I would recommend Milbur if you want a quality job that you’ll never have to worry about again.”

Alexander Pain

““All the plumbers from Milbur Plumbing we’re very professional every step of the way. They explained everything about my blocked sewer line in detail and what my options were. They always arrived on time and were very helpful and considerate in relation to my concerns. I would thoroughly recommend this company.”


What Causes a Stormwater Drain Blockage?

Being predominantly outdoors and uncovered, stormwater drains are subject to washing down all sorts of debris with the rainwater collected from gutters and ground channels. While stormwater drains and the larger pipework beneath are designed to handle small fragments of twig, stones, soil and other natural bits and pieces like leaves, over time these and man-made materials like litter can cause a blockage.

Other causes include

It is also common to find a stormwater drainage system incorrectly connected to sewage pipes in a property causing a back-flowing blockage to occur. In either eventuality, a blockage is a source of concern that should be resolved swiftly by professionals.
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Preventing Blocked Stormwater Drains

As always, Milbur Plumbing recommends preventing problems such as a blocked stormwater drain rather than letting a problem develop. We recommend the following prevention practices:

Installation of Gutter Guards

Installing a gutter guard is one of the best ways to prevent your storm drain from becoming blocked with leaves flushed down your guttering. These products either encase the top of the open gutter with a mesh or use a reel of brush that sits in the gutter itself to prevent leaves from accumulating.

Regular Maintenance of Stormwater Drains

DIY maintenance of a stormwater drain involves ensuring drain covers are properly placed and fit correctly. Stormwater drains and channels should also be inspected for cracks and other forms of damage that could inhibit the drain’s ability to function correctly.

Keep An Eye On Debris and Minor Blockage Build-up

Preventing a blocked stormwater drain involves regular observation of the immediate area, ensuring an accumulation of dirt, leaves, and other detritus does not happen. You should also make sure your gutters are free-flowing and leaves are cleared away at least once a year to prevent a build-up within your drainage system.

Drain Inspection Using CCTV Camera

While basic maintenance is possible yourself, Milbur Plumbing can ensure your stormwater drainage system is truly clear using our advanced CCTV tools. Using professional-grade snaking cameras designed specifically for plumbing systems, we can check in real-time whether your stormwater drain is clear of blockages and ready for the rainy season.

Jet Blasting

If we do find a problem, we also have the tools on hand to sort it. Using a high-powered jet blast, we can dislodge and wash away the blockage, even if it is many metres into your pipework. We can also use water cutting tools to break down and flush away any offending tree roots that may be growing through your pipework causing a blockage too.

Emergency Plumbing

If you’ve only discovered your stormwater drain is blocked after some heavy rain and are worried the buildup of water is likely to cause damage to your property or poses a risk to the health of your family or others, then call Milbur Plumbing. Located at multiple points across Sydney, we have technicians on hand 24/7 to handle your plumbing emergency.

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Signs Your Stormwater Drain Needs the Milbur Plumbing Specialists

There are three main signs to look out for to tell your stormwater drain needs our professional attention. These are:

Overflowing gutters: If your roof gutters are regularly overflowing with water, it can be a sign that your stormwater drain is not flowing correctly due to a blockage. This blockage will cause water to back up throughout your drainage system, even up your downpipe guttering in severe cases.

Pools of water: After a heavy downpour, if you notice boggy patches or pools of water around your guttering and drain opening, this could mean something, somewhere is blocked. It is important to get the problem diagnosed quickly before further problems occur.

Sediment and leaves around drain grate: A build-up of debris around the stormwater drain could indicate a blockage is forming or has formed. If no blockage has yet developed, twigs, soil, leaves, and pebbles around the drain mean more maintenance in the area is needed to prevent one from occurring.

Contact Your Trusted Plumber When in Doubt

Stormwater drainage systems are not easy to access with guttering often requiring ladder climbing and underground pipework completely inaccessible in most cases. Diagnosing a blockage, therefore, is difficult without professional equipment. With damage to property and mild health risks possible, it is therefore vital to call a professional plumber such as the technicians at Milbur Plumbing to determine whether a blockage is present in your stormwater drainage system. Acting sooner rather than later can help save money and hassle.

Sydney's Best Blocked Stormwater Drain Solutions

With decades of combined experience, the fully licensed team at Milbur Plumbing are capable of handling even the most stubborn blocked stormwater drain.

With our team able to craft bespoke, custom solutions for your property, we can tackle even the largest of jobs including the replacement of old systems with modernised stormwater drainage solutions.

We aim to fix problems as fast as possible, to the highest standards, taking pride in offering our services to the people and businesses of Sydney. Milbur Plumbing understands that plumbing, gas, and drainage problems are often an unforeseen expense and source of stress so we do our best to make solving your problem as hassle-free as possible. We do this by offering phone estimates and upfront quotes, getting the work done swiftly to a high standard keeping you informed throughout the entire process.

Areas in Sydney Milbur Plumbing Service

Milbur Plumbing serves the following areas:

Contact Milbur Plumbing now to unblock your stormwater drain with guaranteed arrival times and a lifetime workmanship warranty on all of our work.


Frequently Asked Questions

A stormwater drain is designed to drain water from house guttering and paving away to prevent pooling on the ground. A blocked stormwater drain is one in which a blockage has occurred somewhere within the system, typically in the pipework or in the gutter channels prior to entering the drain itself.
The most common things that block a stormwater drain are natural detritus such as broken twigs, bracken, stones, and soil. Due to stormwater drains being on the ground level and typically only protected by a grate, a lot of debris gets washed down them, causing regular blockages.
Most blockages are inaccessible without the right tools and equipment. If your stormwater drain is blocked, it’s important to call Milbur Plumbing (or your local specialist if outside Sydney) to diagnose and treat the blockage as soon as possible. This way, further damage is prevented and preventative action can be recommended.
For those in and around Sydney, Milbur Plumbing are specialists in diagnosing and treating blocked stormwater drains. With our specialist equipment, we can quickly and easily deal with blockages of all types.