There are plenty of reasons you may need to call a plumber for your home and believe us when we say we’ve seen it all. When it comes to typical plumbing problems like low water pressure, leaky pipes and blocked drains, we are experts in fixing all these common issues.

But there are some unconventional plumbing issues that you may not have thought of that can lead to severe damage in your home if you don’t get a handle on them.

Here are some uncommon reasons to get an expert plumber to your home before a small issue can turn into a catastrophic problem.

Tree Root Problems

If you’re building a new home, ensure your trees and shrubs are not planted too close to drain lines because, over time, their roots will grow and expand and can often wrap around pipes. Even with an irrigation system, tree roots will always search for all forms of moisture.

If you live in an older home, inspect the perimeter of your house for any overgrown roots. Also check the sewer pipes as root systems can find their way to the sewage systems, creating blocks and breakages in the pipelines.

TJM Plumbing are proud installers of Ozzi Kleen Sewer Systems which can help you find a solution other than a traditional septic tank system. Installing a water waste system is treated and dispersed into the ground on-site, which is a great solution and environmentally friendly.

Rust or orange water

You’ve just come home from a big day and all you want it is a nice hot shower, and suddenly the water isn’t clear but…brown! While your first reaction is to freak out a little, don’t panic, you may be dealing with rusty pipes. While your first reaction is to call a doctor, the rust won’t hurt you if you’ve ingested a small amount of it.

Rust build-up is essentially iron which we ingest every day, but it’s safer not to use the water until you can get hold of a plumber.

There are several things a plumber can do to help your situation. Including checking your hot water system for a replacement, check faulty or damaged pipes and even suggest water filtration options. While this is likely to occur more in older homes than newer modern homes, rust can still build up in areas.

If taps are starting to give you discoloured water of any kind, its best to can an expert plumber in Alstonville to check it out.


You may be thinking what does my pet have to do with my plumbing, but plumbing and pets go together like oil and water…they don’t! If you own dogs, avoid washing them in the inside sinks.

This may seem like an obvious choice, but you’ll be surprised at how pet hair washed down drains can cause horrific blockages. To be safe, take your pet to a groomer or specific pet wash station or hose them outside on the grass. Another tip is to make sure plastic cords are tucked away from little knawing mouths.

If you have a pet that is likely to play, scratch or chew exposed cables, you could be setting yourself up for an expensive plumbing bill on something that could have been easily avoided.

If you do experience blocked drains or slow drainage problems give us a call today!

TJM Plumbing with our expert drain technicians are fully equipped with high powered water jetting equipment designed to clear blocked drains caused by anything from foreign objects through to tree roots. We’re here to help!

For more plumbing information, read our previous blog on How Can I Make My Pipes Last Longer?

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