Blocked drains are unpleasant, cause flooding and give rise to bad smells and even health risks. So what can you do to prevent this from happening on your property?

Why do drains get blocked?

Many objects that lead to blockages are generated by daily activities.

  • Grease from waste we wash down the sink, including food scraps, oil and fat
  • Hair clumps together as it’s washed down plugholes from washing or shaving
  • Baby wipes and nappies don’t fully degrade and easily get stuck on matter that has accumulated around the pipe
  • Plant debris builds up during spring and autumn and tree roots can block and damage pipes
  • Damaged pipes slow or prevent the flow of water

How can you prevent blockages?

Waste builds up around pipes and should be cleaned away regularly, but there are practical things you can do to help prevent blockages:

  • Put food waste in the bin: Don’t wash it down the sink
  • Use plughole covers: These help prevent hair from going down the plughole
  • Clean pipes: Flush hot water or domestic sink cleaners down the sink to dislodge trapped matter.

What do I do when drains get blocked

Using high-tech CCTV equipment, we can find the blockage, diagnose causes and determine the most efficient way to clear them and repair any damage. We’ve built vehicles to take our CCTV cameras down pipes of various sizes so we can access the hard to reach parts of the drainage system and still have good visibility.

From the high-resolution CCTV images we collect, we provide a report of our detailed observations, offering recommendations to customers on how to resolve their blockage.

Work is carried out with minimal disruption and if more extensive work is required, we have the necessary experience and equipment to carry out full repairs and clear pipes to prevent further accumulation of rubbish.

Need help with blocked drains or sewers?

At Drain and Sewer Services we’ve been successfully unblocking drains, culverts and gullies for more than 50 years. Find out how we can help you, by calling us on 01252 312738 or email