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Do you need a plumber or a drainage plumber?

Do you need a plumber or a drainage plumber? This is a question that many homeowners ask themselves when faced with a plumbing issue. While both plumbers and drainage plumbers are qualified to solve plumbing problems, they have different specialties. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between the two and help you decide which professional you need for your specific situation!


You might think that plumbers can do anything. Plumbers are smart and talented after all.

However, we hate to break it to you, but there are some things plumbers cannot do, for example, gas works and drainage. Not all plumbers are specialized in these fields.

What can a plumber do?

Plumbers carry out the installation of taps, bidets, showers, sinks, etc. They can help with hot water systems. If you have a leaking tap, they can fix it. If you have a broken hot water system, they can do it too. All in all, plumbers are extremely handy to have around.

What about drainage plumbers?

Drainage plumbers, on the other hand, specialize in drainage systems only. This includes unblocking drains and removing blockages from pipes. They may also install drainage systems for new homes or extensions. Drainage plumbers use specialized tools and equipment for their work.

When to call a drainage plumber?

  • Sewage water backing up
  • Low water pressure for an extended period of time
  • Unusually high water bills could be a sign of a water leak
  • Gurgling noise from the drains or pipes
  • Sinks flushing at snail’s speed
  • Sewage smell from the drains, shower or toilet
  • The water level in the toilet bowl is lower than usual

What can drainage plumbers help with?

Some of the things drainage plumbers can help you with are:

Drain Inspections

Drain plumbers can examine pipes with a CCTV camera and check the health of your plumbing system. Tree roots and collapsed pipes are the major reasons for blocked sewer and storm water drains. A general plumber doesn’t have the specialized equipment to find these issues. When you have a blocked drain, the last thing you want to do is call the wrong person and just waste your time.

Any cracks or blockages can be found in the drainage system easily with the help of a CCTV drain camera.

Drain Inspections by CCTV Camera | Blocked Drain Specialists | Reline Solutions
Plumbing Inspection with the help of a CCTV Drain Camera

Cleaning and Unblocking Drains

Blocked drains are cleaned by a blast of high-pressure water. A water jetter is used to dislodge stubborn blockages. For tough blockages, a robotic cutter can be used.

Whether the blockage is caused by tree roots, hair, fat or wet wipes, water jetter and robotic cutters can be used to remove even the toughest of blockages.

Blocked Drains caused by Tree Roots | Drainage Plumbers | Reline Solutions

Repairing cracked and damaged pipes

The blockage can also be caused by an old or broken pipe. In that case, mere cleaning wouldn’t fix the problem. With the new no-dig trenchless pipe repair technology, the pipes can be repaired with minimum impact on your property. Pipe relining is a process where a pipe lining is placed on the inside of an existing pipe to fix any leaks or cracks, and smooth uneven surfaces. It means that we can fix broken pipes without the need to dig up and replace the pipe. This can not only save you the time and money usually needed to dig up pipes under various structures etc, but also the hassle of having your home or business disrupted for extensive work.

So do you need a plumber or a drainage plumber? It depends on what type of plumbing issue you are experiencing.

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