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Customers are generally under the misconception that all plumbers are drain cleaners and visa versa. This is untrue. Drain cleaning requires specialised equipment that costs thousands of rands, and not every plumber is equipped. Gone are the days when a chimney sweep pole down your drains will do. If you want a proper and lasting job done, you must employ the services of a professional with the right equipment - extreme high pressure hoses and root cutting heads etc. To unblock a drain is not for the faint hearted, how does the saying go; It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it! Submit your enquiry, our guys know what they are doing…

Have you ever woken up on the weekend and had to deal with a stubborn blocked drain? Or are you continuously dealing with unwelcome drain blockages on a regular basis? Our plumbers can solve drain problems ranging from French drains to roots in the drain to shower drains, and so much more. Equipped with the latest in jetting, drain cleaning and CCTV equipment, we are able to quickly assess your plumbing problem and restore any systems back to working order.


Though it’s a little more expensive than doing it yourself, hiring a drain cleaning professional is best for those who aren’t comfortable with drain cleaning, or people that don’t know what they are doing. Our plumbers have the plumbing tools and specialised drain cleaning equipment, such as jetting machines and drain snakes, which most people don’t have around the home or office. Sometimes, plumbers will have to completely open clogged drains to pump out water and debris.

Of course, a clogged drain can be prevented if steps are taken to maintain pipe systems:

  • Using a drain cleaning product from time to time when no backup is present can slow down the build-up of debris.
  • Putting steel mesh covers over the drain hole will catch solid matter before it gets into the pipes and causes a backup.
  • As part of weekly household maintenance, cleaning kitchen and bathroom drains with baking soda will make future unclogging easier.

Caring for and maintaining kitchen and bathroom drains saves money and time down the road.

The Latest & Greatest in Drain Cleaning Technology – Drain Jetting Machinery
New drain cleaning equipment has put greater power and performance in the hands of plumbers. Today, jetters on drain cleaning equipment are much more powerful. They deliver pressure at 1800 kpa.  Cables also are also much stronger and tend to break far less.

New Technology Saves Money
Equipped with the latest technology in drain jetting/CCTV drain cameras, Dyno-Drain is able to quickly assess the problem and solve it much quicker than if this equipment was not available, saving you time and money in the long run!

Danger – Toxic Chemicals
From human hair, kids throwing small toys in toilets, sanitary towels and people dumping food down drains, pipes in your plumbing system getting clogs is inevitable. Conventional drain cleaners are the most caustic, toxic chemicals you can buy. All you have to do is pick up the bottle and read the label to see this. These chemicals can be extremely dangerous and often fatal. Usually, the main ingredient of drain cleaners is either sodium hydroxide or sulphuric acid. These are extremely harsh chemicals. These dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Swallowing these poisonous chemicals can have a severe effect on many parts of the body. Often, damage will continue to occur in the oesophagus and stomach for several weeks after the drain cleaner was swallowed. Death can occur as long as a month after the drain cleaner was swallowed.If it gets on skin, it can burn. If it splashes into an eye, it can cause blindness. If it mixes with other chemicals (this could be something someone poured down the drain), it can cause an explosive reaction potentially harming people in the home, others nearby and the plumbing system throughout the home. These toxic chemicals are also very harmful to the water supply and the environment.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Modern Drain Cleaning
Just about everyone has had, or will have drain problems with their plumbing system. Over time your plumbing system collects hair, soap, toothpaste and other types of liquids and chemicals from bathroom and kitchen sinks and showers that cause you plumbing lines to build up. Here are some helpful drain cleaning tips.

  • DO NOT buy drain cleaner liquids or drain cleaning gels at a grocery store.
  • DO NOT put vinegar and hot water down your drains.
  • DO NOT start snaking your drains yourself.
  • DO get your sewer lines jetted out.
  • DO use non-toxic drain cleaners in your plumbing system.


Our plumbers offer a prompt, effective and safe solution to all sewer repair needs. Not all sewer pipe repairs can be managed using the advanced technology methods — relining or patching — and so, where appropriate, Dyno-Drain also offers traditional excavation repair and replacement.

Dig it
Where a sewer, drain or pipe has completely collapsed, it is unlikely to be taken on using no-dig methods so, instead, it is treated by Dial a Contractors skilled and professional service teams. They are trained to excavate, replace the damaged sewer, and restore to as near pre-work conditions as possible, with the least amount of fuss and inconvenience.

Patch it
There may be situations when excavation isn’t necessary, but neither is the installation of a full liner. With Dial a Contractor, there is another way to repair your sewer, drain or pipe — patch it. CCTV cameras are placed inside the drain to locate the problem. In the majority of cases, the cause of such problems arise when the roots of trees grow into the joints of the existing piping. In order to repair the issue, Dial a Contractor will reconstruct the connection/junction to prevent the roots from re-entering the sewer line and offers a permanent solution to the problem.


Our plumbers advanced drain CCTV survey equipment is the best and most cost effective way to inspect drains and sewers. If you already have a drainage problem or are just keen to avoid one in the future, a CCTV drain or sewer survey is a quick and accurate way to get an instant, detailed look at the condition of your underground drains.

These drain inspection cameras relay images to a mobile van unit, so that a technician can assess the structural condition and integrity of the drain or sewer. And, there’s absolutely no disruption to your property or the environment — it’s simple. The drain inspection cameras are also able to record the footage in order to provide a report where required/requested.


We locate the leak before we start the work…  A burst pipe or water leak is never a good thing, and when hidden, can become a real challenge. Traditionally, in order to locate the leak, destructive work was the only way of doing so, which often resulted in unnecessary damage being caused. The cost of replacing flooring, cupboards etc. damaged during this process can in the end far outweigh the cost of a simple repair.

Engineers carry a full range of state of the art water leak detection equipment including Thermal Imaging, Audio location and Bore-scope.
Each highly trained engineer will deal with you in a prompt and courteous manner; they will explain exactly what they find and how the repair can be done. We can work with your plumber; we understand that you might have an excellent plumber, but that specialist equipment is not normal ‘tools’ carried.

We provide a written report with photographs to document the leak detection and repair to assist you with insurance claims.


Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes inside your house. Over the decades, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays. Unless you replace plumbing, the system will eventually begin to leak and possibly flood your home with water or raw sewerage, causing major damage to your home and belongings.

Is this something you need to worry about now or is it something to look at only in the distant future?

Here’s how to assess your plumbing system and know when it’s time for replacement

There are two other types of water supply pipe that should be removed immediately no matter how old they are:

  • Lead pipes, used in the early 1900s, have a life expectancy of 100 years, but they can leach lead into your drinking water, a serious health hazard.
  • Polybutylene pipes, used from the 1970s through the 1990s, are extremely prone to breakage.

Watch for signs of trouble:

If your house is more than 20 years old, make it an annual ritual to inspect any exposed pipe, in ceilings, crawl spaces, and stand pipes—for tell-tale signs of trouble. Check the tubing for discoloration, stains, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, which are all signs of corrosion. If you find irregularities, contact a plumber to do an inspection.

Keep an eye out for leaks too, of course. Even small ones that are easily repaired may be indicators that the time for whole-house replacement is approaching. After all, the original pipes in your home are the same vintage, they’re made of the same material, and they’ve been subjected to the same water supply and usage patterns.

Dial a Contractor recommends that all copper pipes be replaced if you have had ongoing leaks or pitting.  This is like a “cancer”, it won’t go away! It will certainly get worse!  Many homes close to the coast, are fitted with class 0 copper piping, which often begins to leak or corrode within 5 years of being installed.

Also, when filling your bathtub, look at the colour of your water, especially after a being away when it has been sitting in the pipes for a while. If the water looks brown or yellow, what you’re seeing is rust, which is an indication of decay inside the pipes or geyser. Consider replacement soon.

Best opportunities to replace pipes:

Ultimately, you’ll need to rely on a trusted plumber to advise you whether it’s time for a pipe replacement. And it’s always good to get a second and even third opinion before you embark on a replacement project. However there are means to lessen the cost and hassle of the job.

Replace what’s exposed. For a home with plaster walls, wood panelling, or other features that make it difficult to gain access to in-wall pipes, consider at least replacing pipes that aren’t buried in the walls. Although it’s a big job, replacing exposed pipes in ceilings, crawl spaces, or attics is fairly straightforward, because the plumber can easily get at the pipes.

Depending on the configuration of your house, we may be able to access the vast majority of your system without causing too much damage to walls and tiles.

We try to not damage tiles as it is not easy to replace old tiles unless the client has spare, therefore we access the re-tube through cupboards, cavity walls and only chop open where needed.

Replace when you renovate:

Whenever you remodel a portion of your house, take the opportunity to inspect and if need be, replace any plumbing lines that you expose when you open up the walls and floors, as well as any copper piping. This includes not only the plumbing in the kitchen or bathroom that you’re remaking, but also any pipes passing through the walls to feed upstairs bathrooms.

Watch for plumbing trouble:

  • Have your pipes inspected by a licensed plumber.
  • Do your own checks annually for signs of corrosion, flaking, or leaks.
  • If your water is brown, have a Dial a Contractor plumber evaluate your pipes.


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