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A blocked drain: is it that simple?

| Gerry Rowe

This is an image of ASL Limited attending a simple blocked drain callout in Guildford.
This is an image of ASL Limited attending a simple blocked drain callout in Guildford.

A blocked drain is quite simple if you're experienced and have the right equipment, knowledge, and experience to use it. We take less than 30 minutes to deal with a blocked drain in most cases.

On occasion, a blocked drain is a simple thing: for a handy-person, not afraid to get their trousers, slacks or gloves a little dirty, they can have the drain unblocked in less than 20 minutes if you're lucky enough to be in the correct drain. The realisation of the horror begins after a couple of hours; you ask yourself, am I in the wrong drain?, or is the drain completely compacted with fat or sewage?

The question is do you know when to stop! 

This is a schematic diagram of a drain that has fallen out of alignment.
This is a schematic diagram of a drain that has fallen out of alignment.

To call a professional. It is worth bearing in mind if the blockage happens too often, it's not always going to be easy to unblock. A re-occurring blocked drain generally means there is an issue, a pipe out of alignment, or a pipe has dropped or subsided.

causing fat to build up because of the misalignment or the restriction in the drain; the caveat is that the problem could worsen as sewage water leaking from the damaged drain will find its way in the gravel that supports the drainpipe, eventually undermining several metres of pipe.

A re-occurring blockage around or alongside the house is likely to indicate that leaking sewage water will find its way into the foundations.

If you've ever had a conversation with someone who has had subsidence, they will have told you about the nightmare of

  • not being able to close windows or doors because of the movement of the wall's, about the insurance companies quite rightly and correctly wanting measurements over weeks and months of how much movement takes place.
  • The disruption, during the underpinning, to shore up and stop the subsidence.
  • Drains around the house that take the sewage and sewage water to the public works or a private system protect the property. Therefore, it is prudent to keep these in good repair.
This is a photo of a drain blocked with fat and grease
This is a photo of a drain blocked with fat and grease.

Both the drains around the house that take the roof water to soakaways and the drains that carry it to the soakaway, including the soakaway, are essential in protecting the property.

Builders often say the house owner will spend £15,000 or £20,000 on a kitchen but won't spend any money on the drains.

Blocked drain = take action!

A thoughtful person understands that the money spent on an expensive kitchen fitted as part of the house could be a waste if they have to dig the kitchen up again at a later date to fix what is underneath. If your drainage causes any damage to the walls or the foundations, it will possibly affect your kitchen.

Whether you are about to fit a new kitchen or not – it would be prudent to act fast on any blocked drain and not shy away from getting it cleared and the cause fixed. 

If you have a blocked drain that needs clearing or you want to check the condition of your drainage before instaling a new kitchen, call us on 0800 181 684 to book a visit.

Our blocked drain clearance service is £69 +VAT so don’t delay – call us today.

Don’t delay we can help you today!

Call 0800 181 684 for all your drainage needs.

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