Plumbing problems always strike at the worst possible time

Summer weather in Sydney has been predictably unpredictable. In the aftermath (or is it still happening?), we continue to see the knock-on effect of these extreme weather conditions (specifical rain) on Sydney’s drains. Unfortunately, hoping that these problems will go away, especially in March – Sydney’s 2nd wettest month on average can cause homeowners a whole host of new, more costly issues. 

As we know (and if you don’t, check out ‘what is the root of the problem’) many defects, specifically in sewer drainage, are caused by tree roots. The main two ingredients of a tree’s diet (photosynthesis) are sunlight and water, both of which we have had in abundance over the past three months. 

What this means is that any existing cracks caused, or intrusions made by tree roots are likely to have worsened, and if you haven’t already, you and your plumbing are more likely than ever to fall out as the heavy rain not only feeds the trees but brings a few other notable issues.

Increased Pressure 

Heavy rainfall, the type we have been experiencing the last few weeks, can saturate the ground causing sand and dirt around your pipes (often buried beneath your driveway or garden) to turn to mud. Mud, due to the increased water content is heavier and in turn, applies more pressure to the piping. In isolation may not be an issue for newer, durable systems, but if you have pre-existing problems, the chances are they are going to rear their ugly heads in the foreseeable future. 

Shifting Pipes

The increase and decrease of ground pressure can lead to the shifting of pipes underground. Older terracotta pipes are particularly susceptible to shifting and can often crack or rupture following high rainfall, usually leaving behind a mess buried deep underground. 


If pipes have existing leaks, heavy rain can allow debris to enter the pipes causing blockages which can cause many issues. Whilst we focus primarily on relining broken pipes, they still need to be unlocked before they can be relined correctly.

Tree roots remain drain’s & pipes’ mortal enemy, but their sidekick, the rain, only strengthens their power. Whilst there may not be a perfect time to reline, as the weather continues to test us and a wet winter just around the corner, now might just be just about as good as it gets. Much better to wrap up warm inside with the knowledge that your newly relined pipes are safe from the trees than peering out the window and waiting for the worst to happen! 

The Advantages of Pipe Relining for Efficient Pipe Repairs

Pipe relining is a modern, trenchless method for repairing damaged or leaking pipes without the need for invasive excavation. This innovative technique involves inserting a flexible, resin-coated liner into the affected pipe, which is then inflated and cured to form a new, durable pipe within the existing one. The result is a seamless and corrosion-resistant pipe that not only restores the structural integrity of your plumbing system but also improves flow efficiency. By choosing Pipe Relining, you can extend the lifespan of your pipes, prevent future damage, and minimise the risk of costly repairs down the line.

Embracing Pipe Relining as a preferred solution for pipe repairs offers several benefits, including reduced costs, minimal disruptions, and enhanced environmental sustainability. Since there’s no need for large-scale digging, Pipe Relining helps you save up to 50% in repair expenses compared to traditional methods, while also reducing the time and resources required for the job. Furthermore, the trenchless nature of Pipe Relining significantly lessens the impact on your property and the surrounding environment, preserving your garden, landscaping, and infrastructure. By opting for Pipe Relining, you’re investing in a long-lasting, efficient, and eco-friendly solution for maintaining the health of your plumbing system.

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