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Plumber Information: How To Fix a Blocked Drain

Information & tips from a Sydney Plumber to fix plumbing issues in houses, apartments or units.

How to fix a blocked drain with a plumber in sydney

Will drain cleaner dissolve baby wipes to clear a blocked drain?

You can’t clear a blocked drain that has baby wipes in it. Toilet paper is the only biodegradable thing we recommend flushing down a toilet. Even then, too much can cause blockages in your drain or pipe systems.

Why does my drain get clogged?

There could be meany reasons that your drain gets clogged. Things like venting, flushing the wrong things down the toilet, too many food scraps in the kitchen sink, tree roots getting into the piping or even other underlying issues related to your property. The best way to diagnose it is with a CCTV Camera Inspection so we can see what the problem is rather than guessing.

Who is responsible for a blocked drain?

It is normally the owner of the property that is responsible for a blocked drain as most likely they are the cause of it. Although in some situations it could be a neighbours tree, construction or some other reason a drain is blocked. If it is a rental property then the issue needs to be resolved via the Property Manager to determine the right staps to take.

What is the best way to unclog a slow draining sink?

A slow draining sink could be the sign of a blockage building up in the piping system. This could be due to broken pipes, tree roots or other build up in your system that isn’t visible. Normally we would do either a CCTV Digital Camera inspection to see inside the pipe or a Hot or Cold High-Pressure Water Blast to try and clear the pipes. 

What is the best way to unclog a drain?

A clogged draining could be the sign of a blockage building up in your piping system. This could be due to broken pipes, tree roots, hair or food debris or other items that have built up in your system that aren’t visible. Normally we would do either a CCTV Digital Camera inspection to see inside the pipe or a Hot or Cold High-Pressure Water Blast to try and clear the pipes. 

What causes a sewer to clog?

A clogged sewer is a similar situation to a blocked drain and it could be the sign of a issue in your waste pipes. This could be due to broken pipes, tree roots, hair or other debris like tissues built up in your system that aren’t visible. Normally we would do either a CCTV Digital Camera inspection to see inside the pipe or a Hot or Cold High-Pressure Water Blast to try and clear the pipes. 

How to prevent a drain from becoming clogged with hair?

The best way to prevent a drain getting blocked with hair is to have high quality drainage covers for all your shower drains. These will catch most stray hairs from entering into your pipes. Most of the cheap drain covers have large openings which allow lots of things to go down the drains that eventually leads to clogs and blockages.  

How do plumbers clear a blocked shower drain?

A plumber can clear a blocked shower drain in many different ways. The first thing to try is removing the drain lid and using a plunger to see if you can suck the debris or blockage out. If that doesn’t work then the next step is to call a licensed plumber who has the tools and expertise to be able to reach further into your piping but also work out if there are other issues.

How can you clean drains without a drain cleaner?

The best way clean drains and pipes without using a drain cleaning chemical is to call a plumber who will provide you a free estimate. They can assess the situation but also have the right tools available to clean blocked drains by using hot or cold high water pressure blasting equipment for example.

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.


Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
  • Years in the industry: 15
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products


Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
  • Years in industry: 14
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products


Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
  • Years in industry: 6
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

Local | Licensed | Insured

Nu-Trend is a plumber and bathroom renovations team in Sydney, available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified. You can check online with the NSW Department of Fair Trading here

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All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

15 years experience with a written commitment.

Rick and Rob are the hands-on Directors for Nu-Trend Plumbing. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing it for 15 years.

No sales tricks, guaranteed.

'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.