Accessing pipes to resolve plumbing issues depends on the location and extent of the problem. Sometimes, pipes can be accessed through cleanouts or inspection points located near the main sewer line. This allows plumbers to inspect and clean the pipes without having to dig up the ground.

However, if the issue is more extensive, accessing the pipes may require more invasive and time-consuming methods such as digging up the ground or removing walls or floors to reach the affected area.

If you’re experiencing a plumbing issue that requires access to the pipes, it’s best to contact a professional plumber. At Safeguard Plumbing, we have the tools and expertise to handle all types of plumbing issues while minimizing disruption to your property. 🛠️💦🚽

When attempting to access pipes, our first approach is to locate the inspection opening (IO) on top of the sewer shaft riser. This opening is located outside the house and has a diameter of 100mm, making it easier to work with. By looking through the IO, we can determine whether the blockage is on the Council side or the owner’s side of the property. Additionally, the jetter is more effective in this situation as it flushes the debris downstream and into the council system.

If the IO is not available, we’ll search for other entry points outside the house, such as an outside gully or vent. If these options aren’t available, we may have to search inside the house for a floor waste grate or toilet. However, this approach can create a mess, which is why we always use the most efficient and least invasive methods possible.

At Safeguard Plumbing, we strive to make the process of accessing pipes and resolving plumbing issues as seamless as possible for our customers. So, if you need help with any plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call!