Sewer blockages occur in wastewater pipes. They usually occur when there is something in the pipe restricting proper flow.
Common causes of sewer blockages include:
All foreign objects have the potential to disrupt our wastewater system’s operation.
Selecting certain trees and shrubs for your garden can assist in preventing blockages. You can read more here PDF, 284.04 KB.
Wet wipes are another problem for the wastewater industry.
Wet wipes are moist cloths often used for personal hygiene, however they are not designed to be flushed down the toilet.
While toilet paper breaks down in around 30 seconds, wet wipes are much stronger and don’t easily disintegrate in the wastewater system.
As well as the costs involved in removing them from the wastewater system, wet wipes can damage your plumbing and cause environmental issues, such as overflows to creeks and waterways.
Look after your sewer system and the environment by placing wet wipes in the bin rather than flushing them after use.
If you have a sewer blockage in the private sewerage pipes on your property, call a licenced plumber.
If you think the sewer blockage is in SA Water's pipes, please call our Customer Service Centre. Our Service Centre staff will ask you some questions to work out the likely location and cause of the problem.
We will then come out to the property, clear the blockage. We will also give you additional information or advice.
If your plumber finds that the blockage is in our infrastructure, they will contact our Customer Service Centre to have the problem fixed. Plumbers are not allowed to do any work on SA Water's infrastructure.
Plumbers can make sewer blockage claims. If you are a plumber, you can make a claim only if you have:
Your claim will be processed within 30 days of its receipt. If the claim is not eligible, we will return it to you with further information.