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What to do if you have a blocked drain in London

Many people forget that the drains carrying sewage and/or surface water serving only their property are the responsibility of the property owner - not the local council. These are private drains and therefore the responsibility of upkeep lies with the landlord or homeowner, so when a problem like a blocked drain in London occurs, it could cause a very stressful time.

Signs of a Blocked Drain

A drain manhole is open showing a very blocked drain
What to do if you have a blocked drain in London

You don’t need to be an experienced drainage company in London to notice some of the symptoms of a blocked drain. There will be easy-to-spot signs like your toilets are backing up or water is draining away slowly, which could suggest there is a blockage somewhere in the pipe. Other signs may not be as obvious, especially if they are happening later in the system and/or if the effect (e.g. a leakage) is happening in an area not easily visible to the occupants or owner. You may need to enlist the services of someone like Drainsmart (us) in order to perform what’s called a drain inspection.

This can either be a visual check of your drains, whereby engineers can inspect different parts of the drains in order to ascertain where the blockage may be occurring, or if needed, it can involve cameras being inserted into the drains in order to get a full picture of what’s happening. This footage can then be viewed by Drainsmart’s experienced engineers who will be able to diagnose the problem and suggest a solution.

What causes blocked drains?

There are a large number of common causes for blocked drains in London, many of which stem from human use. People flushing non-disposable items down toilets or letting cooking fat get rinsed down the kitchen sink are two likely causes of blocked drains. Sometimes the cause is natural, such as trees and leaves which may clog up the drain from the outside, especially during autumn when foliage is falling more rapidly.

There are some measures you can take in order to avoid blocking your own drains, such as disposing of hair in the shower before it goes down the drain, or waiting for cooking fat to solidify after use and then putting in the food waste bin (or normal bin if you don’t recycle food waste). For other issues, however, it is going to be best to locate them early before their consequences become more extensive. If you would like to book a blocked drain inspection or any other kind of drain repairs, get in touch with the friendly Drainsmart team. We are happy to help and have years of experience using the best equipment for the job.

To contact us, you can use the contact form at the bottom of the page or give us a call - 0800 740 80 40.

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