A CCTV Drain Survey is a thorough inspection of your complete drainage system. A drainage expert will send a small, high-tech CCTV camera down through your pipework. Using the live footage and their expertise, you’ll have a completed map of your drains in no time.

How much time will my CCTV drain survey take?

A thorough drain inspection won’t take much time but it does depend on the size of your property and your drainage system. A small home is likely to have less pipework connecting your system to the public sewers, therefore our team will be able to map and inspect it much quicker.

how long cctv drain survey take

That being said, you never know what lies beneath the surface! Your drains would have been installed back when your house was built. Since then, you may have undergone property renovations leading to new systems being built. All in all, it’s best to put aside a couple of hours for your inspection. While it will probably be quicker than this, it’s good to have the spare time aside just in case!

In terms of waiting for your appointment, your local drainage expert will be able to give you a better idea of waiting times. We can only speak for ourselves, but our team will always try to get your CCTV drain survey booked at a convenient time that suits you.

Get in touch with Jon at Maintain Drains to get your Poole, Bournemouth or Dorset CCTV drain inspection booked.

Is a CCTV drain inspection worth it?

There are many reasons you should look into your drainage system. Firstly, you probably don’t think about what’s going on beneath your property much. You might notice overflowing outside drains or a slow draining kitchen sink… But do you know what’s causing it?

A CCTV drain inspection can get to the root of the problem quickly and efficiently. Without the camera survey, your drainage expert would have had to excavate or dig up your property to get to the root of the problem. Trust us when we say that a CCTV drain survey is a much easier way to solve your drainage issues!

Finding problems within your pipework isn’t the only benefit. Your home buyers survey might suggest you get one in your property report, or you might need to find out where your line of responsibility ends to see whether the council should be paying for the repair work. There are loads of reasons you should consider this service! What are all the benefits of a CCTV drain survey?

The benefits of having a CCTV drainage inspection

There are 4 situations that we would always recommend a CCTV drain survey:

  • Buying a new house
  • Continuous issues such as slow draining sinks or bad smells
  • Following any repair work
  • Map your drainage system

If you find yourself in any of these situations, here’s why a drain inspection can benefit you.

CCTV Drain Inspection For Home Buyers

The benefits of having a CCTV drain survey when you’re buying a new house include getting to the bottom of any underlying issues, finding damage before it results in costly work and it can even save you some money when it comes to buying a new house!

outside drain inspection

Don’t believe us? Read this blog to find out exactly how a CCTV drain inspection is a must when it comes to buying a home.

As you can see, the report provided by your drainage company acts as a powerful negotiation tool when it comes to buying a home. Drain repairs can be expensive, especially if they go undetected for so long.

Avoid unexpected bills later down the road by reaching an agreement with the current homeowners about who will cover these costs.

Getting to the Root of the Issue with a CCTV Drain Survey

Other than a home buyers drain survey, the most popular reason for inspecting your drains is to find out what is causing an issue. Many of us deal with slow draining sinks, overflowing outside drains or bad smells coming from the bath. 

Sometimes we brush this off as a simple blockage – too much hair down the shower drain or grease in the sink. If this is the case, you can use a simple bicarbonate of soda solution to flush your drains clean and you shouldn’t have to worry about it anymore.

On the other hand, if the problem persists then you probably have a bigger issue than you anticipated. A CCTV drain survey will identify cracked pipework, tree root ingress or rats living in your drains. All of these are common problems that we deal with regularly. 

On the surface, you would have no idea that you have an issue like this but our high-tech cameras will get to the root of the problem fast. 

Following a thorough inspection, our team would always recommend the best solution. We aim to cause as minimal inconvenience as possible so we would always look for a solution that didn’t involve drain excavation. 

Without excavation, it’s impossible to see what’s going on down there without one of our cameras… so often we’ll bring the kit out again!

CCTV Drain Inspection to Check Underground Repair Work

The other reason that we might use our camera technology to inspect your drains is to ensure that any pitch fibre repairs or other services we’ve carried out have gone to plan. In this video, Jon shows you how Maintain Drains were able to repair a collapsed sewer drain without having to dig or excavate the surrounding area. 

As you can see, without the CCTV drain inspection it would have been more difficult to see if the pitch fibre patch had bonded to the pipework as it was supposed to. Jon was able to put the camera down into the collapsed sewer drain to ensure that the job had been a success and the collapsed pipe was fixed.

More importantly, he was able to check that the neighbour’s pipe hadn’t been blocked or obstructed during the pitch fibre repair! Now, the homeowners and their neighbours can rest assured that their drainage system is operating as it should.

At Maintain Drains, we undergo a CCTV Drain Survey as a standard whenever we carry out work like this. If you don’t live in Dorset or have gone out to another local drainage company, ask them if they can include this in the cost of the repair work! If the job hasn’t gone to plan and something is out of place you could find yourself back to square one in no time. A quick inspection is the best way to check the work and get peace of mind.

CCTV Drain Survey to Map Your System

But what if you’re not having repair work done on your drains? A CCTV drain survey is still a great way to identify problems, find out where your line of responsibility is and map the drainage system beneath your new property. 

The drainage laws in the UK changed in 2011. Many of the customers we visit across Poole and Dorset don’t know whether they are responsible for the cost of the repair work or whether the council should be paying up.

Our team, or your local professional drainage company, can use our CCTV surveillance technology to get a thorough understanding of what is going on beneath the surface. Following your survey, we’ll provide you with an up-to-date map of your complete drainage system.

A map of your drains is essential if you are undergoing any building work or adding an extension that requires excavation. Bursting a pipe is something you want to avoid! Not only will the repair work be expensive, but you’ll find yourself without water until the problem is fixed.

Book a CCTV Drain Survey with Maintain Drains

The purpose of an in-depth drain inspection like this is to get a thorough understanding of what is going on down there. Your drainage system is buried deep underground and it’s unlikely you’ve ever seen your pipework in person. 

However, sending CCTV cameras down your drains is the quickest and most effective way to identify these issues before they become much bigger problems. 

Maintain Drains offer complete CCTV drain service in Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas.

unblock kitchen sink

Is your kitchen sink taking longer to empty? Have you noticed a bad smell coming from your drains? Grease or fat build up in your pipes could be the cause of your slow draining or foul-smelling sink. How can you tell if you’ve got a kitchen sink clogged with grease?

But don’t panic. Maintain Drains have over 15 years of experience unblocking drains in Poole and Dorset. We can help you identify what has caused the issue, even if it’s not a grease blockage!

How to Unclog your Kitchen Sink

First things first, we always recommend contacting a drainage expert when it comes to drain unblocking. What may look like a minor blockage could be caused by something much more severe further down the pipework. Tree roots, rats or collapsed pipes are things that we deal with daily. This kind of damage is not easy to repair so when in doubt, call the experts!

You might have been tempted to fix the problem yourself. A lot of us are guilty of this! Often, we worry about the cost of calling someone out or having to wait for an extremely long time with our smelly drains. Maintain Drains provide 24-hour call-outs and can solve your problems for as little as £75. Simply click here to get in touch.

One thing you definitely want to avoid when it comes to unblocking your kitchen sink is chemical drain unblockers.

Why Chemical Drain Unblockers are bad for Your Drains

Chemical drain unblockers are really bad for your drains. Using them regularly can lead to corrosion and irreversible damage to pipe work. Inevitably, your quick fix solution could lead to more costly repair work later down the line. To avoid that scenario, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you identify what can and can’t go down your kitchen sink.

Is Grease Blocking Your Sink?

Grease is the number one cause of a blocked kitchen sink. Many of us wash a frying pan or a dish without considering the impact that it has on our drains. Most liquids can go down your kitchen sink with no problem whatsoever, however, if you’ve been disposing of these items incorrectly then you may have just got to the cause of your clogged sink.

Grease, Fat or Lard

 roast potato greaseOften, people pour grease or fat down their kitchen sinks as it is a liquid when hot. Think about the last time you roasted some potatoes – what did you do with the leftover goose fat? If your kitchen sink is clogged with grease this might be why!

The problem occurs when the grease or fat has cooled down. Your pipes run deep underground where the average temperature is cooler than your kitchen. The colder temperature cools the grease down, causing it to become solid again.

Coffee Grounds

coffee groundsAnother thing that people often dispose of in the kitchen sink is coffee grounds. While it’s completely safe to put almost all liquids down the sink (coffee included!), the grounds from fresh coffee are not liquid. They also do not dissolve in water, increasing the likelihood of a blockage.

You may think putting coffee grounds down the sink occasionally won’t be a problem, you’d be wrong! We deal with home owners that rarely put coffee down the drain and still end up requiring an expert drain unblocking service.


honey down kitchen drainHoney is another product that might be causing you an issue. It’s not the first thing you’d think of when it comes to your clogged kitchen sink, however, honey is sticky. The problem with pouring sticky substances down the drain is it increases the chances of blockages as debris gets stuck to your pipework.

If you have been putting honey down your kitchen sink you may want to get a drainage expert out to run a CCTV drain survey. The survey will give you a clear idea of what’s going on and let you know if any damage has been done.

How to Unblock a Kitchen Sink

So, if you think you’ve got a clogged kitchen sink, think about what you have been putting down it. If you’ve been disposing of honey, coffee grinds or fat/grease down your drain then that is probably the issue.

If you haven’t put any of these substances down the drain then a much more likely cause would be cracked or damaged pipes, rats in your drainage system or obstructions caused by tree roots further down the pipework.

Your local drainage expert will be able to help you deal with your clogged kitchen sink and identify the cause of the problem immediately. A grease build-up is highly likely to be the cause however, we are happy to conduct thorough drainage inspections using our CCTV technology until we’ve got to the root of the problem.

Don’t forget – chemical drain unblockers are no good when it comes to unclogging a kitchen sink blocked with grease! Get in touch with your local drainage expert or click here to discover the natural way to unblock your kitchen sink.

What About Commercial Kitchen Drains?

Large commercial kitchens, such as those found in schools or restaurants, are required by law to fit a grease trap. This piece of equipment is specifically designed to stop any fats or food build-up from getting into the public sewer system. 

Having a grease trap installed does not mean it is safe to dispose of fats down the kitchen sink! You could still clog the pipes directly below the drain and risk damaging the drainage system over time.

To speak to an expert about having a grease trap installed at your venue, or find out more about grease trap maintenance, get in touch with Maintain Drains.

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Whether you are a tenant who is currently renting your property, or a landlord dealing with a maintenance request, deciding where the responsibility lies when it comes to blocked drains is often a subject of debate.

On the one hand, the blockage may have been caused by the tenant. Pouring fat down the sink, flushing wet wipes and other unfit materials or hair build-ups can all cause your drains to block. 

On the other hand, a tenant would argue that the drainage system is part of the structure of the property which makes it the landlord’s responsibility to maintain. When we talk about drainage systems, we aren’t just referring to the pipes within your property. Your system will run throughout your property, underground and then connect to the main sewers.

So Who Is Responsible for Drain Repairs?

It’s a tricky argument. Really, both parties are right in what they’re saying. If the tenant has been putting cooking oil down the sink causing the drains to block, why should the landlord foot the bill? But how do they know that the issue is the tenants’ fault? The blockage could be caused by a cracked or collapsed pipe further down the system, making it a structural repair.

What’s Going Down the Drain?

The law states that landlords aren’t required to repair things that tenants have broken through misuse or carelessness. Therefore, if the blockage has been caused by a careless tenant their landlord is within their rights to ask the tenant to pay or contribute to any repairs.

A lot of the time, people put things down the drain without realising the damage they can cause. Here is a list of things that we often find at the root of drain blockages: 

  • Flushable Kitty Litter
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Grease, fat and oils
  • Produce stickers
  • Cotton balls and paper towels
  • Condoms
  • Household fluids

While all of these items seem harmless, a build-up of any of them can cause your drains to block. This is why it’s important to monitor what you are flushing or putting down the kitchen sink.

With that being said, a blocked drain isn’t always an indication of carelessness. There could be something causing the issue further downstream.

What if the Tenant Didn’t Cause the Issue?

But what if the drain blockage wasn’t caused by the tenant? 

If you’re noticing slow draining sinks, baths or showers, the fault might not lie with the tenant. It could be due to an issue that has occurred downstream. There are several reasons a drain may be blocked. Three of the most likely external causes are:

  • Damaged pipes
  • Tree roots in drains
  • Collapsed pipes

These issues require a drainage expert to come and assess the pipes. Maintain Drains often use CCTV drain surveys for a thorough inspection and to identify the root of the problem. The live feed from the camera helps us spot the issue quickly and easily, without the need for drain excavation. 

If a structural problem like the ones listed above is the cause of the blocked drain, the tenant is not at fault. Often these things happen due to general wear and tear or poor-quality craftsmanship.

So is it the tenants or the landlord’s responsibility to repair the drains? The best way to find out is to get to the root of the problem…

How to Identify the Root of the Problem

The easiest way to get to the root cause is to call your local drainage expert. They will be able to identify the issue by inspecting the drains and checking the system. 

Sometimes you may be able to tackle the blockage yourself using a drain rod or caustic soda, however, without an expert opinion, you will never know what’s going on beneath the surface. This could result in continued trouble, foul odours and long-term damage to the property.

If you’re unsure about who’s to blame, the best thing to do is call a drains specialist and find out what is going on. The tenant and the landlord could contribute to the costs, find the root of the problem and then decide whether it is the landlord’s responsibility to unblock the drain or not.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful. One final note, if the issue occurs outside of your properties line of responsibility, it is the council who should be taking care of the repairs. If you don’t know where your properties responsibility ends, you may want to consider getting your drains mapped. 

And finally, if you have any questions, or you’re dealing with blocked drains in Poole, Bournemouth or the surrounding Dorset areas, don’t hesitate to get an expert’s opinion from the team at Maintain Drains. Simply fill out our form at the bottom of this page and a member of the team will get back to you.

Maintain Drains plumber jetting an external drainRotten eggs are an unpleasant smell, and it isn’t something you want lingering inside or outside your property. You can spend days trying to find the cause – is it the bin? The fridge? Or the dog? Often, it is actually the sink in the kitchen or the drain in the garden which is causing these unpleasant odours.

Smelly drains are a common problem. Sometimes, it’s caused by a build-up of food and dirt, however, sometimes it can be a sign of a bigger issue. Understanding the cause of the smell and how to get rid of it is important to get your drains smelling fresh and flowing freely again.

The Cause of a Smelly Drain or Sink

There are several likely causes of your drain odours. The first thing to look at is where your drain is located and how it is used. For example, if it’s your kitchen sink, the smell is likely caused by a build-up of food. If it’s the shower drain, it could be a build up of dirt and hair. 

It isn’t a fun job, but discovering the cause of the smell can help to treat it and prevent it in the future. There are three common causes of smelly drains or sinks:

1. Trapped Food Blockages

While you may take precautions to prevent food in your sink, small pieces and other organic matter can still get in your drains and cause a bad odour. This blockage can stop the flow of drains completely or cause them to drain slower than normal.

2. Clogs and Bacteria Build-Up

A common cause of a bad smell is simply bacteria. This usually occurs in indoor bathroom drains and sinks, as bacteria can come from hair, dirt or products that have gone into the drain. There are ways to prevent this build-up including bathroom drain traps. It is best to receive advice from a plumber to find the best prevention for you.

3. Pipework and Plumbing Errors

If you’ve had work done recently and notice a new smell, it could be due to a plumbing error. This could be a missing trap or vent, or even a leaky pipe. It could be worth contacting the plumbing company again or asking a second company to assess the smell and investigate the cause.

4. Collapsed Drain

Finally, if you notice a lingering odour that persists after you have had your drains unblocked, it may be a sign of a collapsed drain. This can happen after years of poor drain maintenance or damages and cracks in your pipes. Along with a bad smell, you may also notice damp or mould throughout the property and a sunken or wet area in your garden. You must contact a drainage expert if you think your drain has collapsed.

Why Does it Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Maintain drains plumber unblocking an internal drain in a kitchenMost people liken a drain’s odour to the smell of rotten eggs. It isn’t pleasant, but there is a scientific reason for this. This smell often comes from a gas known as hydrogen sulfide, which is formed when bacteria grows in sewage, drains or the ground. 

If you don’t use the drain or sink often, the hydrogen sulfide could come directly from the sewer itself. When water in the p-trap dries up, the gas can rise from the drain. 

It’s important to know there are no health risks associated with this gas, it is just very unpleasant. We all know in the home, smells can travel from room to room quickly, so investigating the cause of the smell as soon as it arises can help your home or business get back to normal.

Other Common Drain Smells and Odours

Hydrogen sulfide is very pungent and can be likened to many unpleasant smells. Some property owners have reported drains smelling like garlic, rotten vegetables or sewage. 

It’s simple: healthy drains don’t smell. So whatever your drains smell like, it probably isn’t a good sign. Contacting a professional plumber should be the first step to understanding the smell and getting it out of your property.

Outdoor and Indoor Drain Smells

While indoor drain smells can be easier to identify, outdoor drains are much more complex. There can be many more causes of outside drain smells and they often link to problems deep within the drainage system. It could be an outdoor drain blockage, or it could be something bigger such as a collapsed drain or damaged pipework. 

If you notice a smell coming from a drain outside your home get in touch with Maintain Drains. Our friendly team can investigate the issue and give you a breakdown of the cause. Our team then works on a case-by-case basis to resolve the problem and get your drains flowing back to normal as quickly as possible with no more nasty smells.

How to get rid of Drain Smells and Neutralise Odours

Often, when noticing an unpleasant smell, the first thought is “how do I get rid of it?”, especially if it smells of rotten eggs. While odours can be masked with products such as Mr Muscle or Jeyes Fluid, if the causing problem is still there, the smell will return. 

The best way to remove drain odours is to go directly to the cause of the smell – whether that’s a food build-up or damaged pipes. By contacting a professional plumber, you can get straight to the cause of the issue and have unpleasant odours removed completely.

How to Prevent Smelly Drains

We always recommend putting measures in place to prevent issues before they arise. While drain odours have many causes, preventing them is actually quite simple and can be done through regular maintenance. Ensuring drains are clean, with minimal build-up, and they are used properly is important. Prevention is also important and there should be measures implemented to ward off nasty smells. 

Life is busy, and it’s easy to forget to maintain your drains. Regular pre-planned maintenance can do the work for you and means a drainage expert can nip any problems in the bud before they arise. As well as time, it can also save you money, as prevention measures are more affordable than last-minute emergency repairs. This service is ideal for both homes and businesses. To discuss planned maintenance of your drains, give us a call today.

Drain Smell Cleaners

There are many products on the market which claim to clean your drains and stop nasty odours. While some are good, others are cheap and don’t actually work. Many drain cleaning products are made with toxic chemicals, and can actually cause more damage than repair. 

Chemical drain cleaners are often a short-term fix and will not resolve the cause of the smell. Whether it’s a bacteria build up or a plumbing error, it isn’t likely that a cheap drain cleaner will repair it. Most drain problems need intervention and repair by a professional who can tackle the issue and prevent it from recurring. 

When to get Help From a Professional

Maintain Drains plumber with children and dog

A smelly drain can be a sign of problems deep within the drainage system, so it is recommended to contact a professional as soon as the smell is noticed. It isn’t pleasant, and getting it resolved as soon as possible will ensure your home goes back to smelling sweet as quickly as possible. 

In the meantime, you can use odour masks such as air fresheners to reduce odours. When contacting a drainage expert, they should advise you on how to reduce the smell and deal with the issue.

You can contact Maintain Drains 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all drainage issues. We specialise in blocked drains and pride ourselves on our 5-star service in and around Dorset. Request a callback from our team today to receive a free quote. Our team of experts can advise you on the best solution which works for you and your drains.

A collapsed drain is one of the most extreme drainage issues that we deal with, often caused by years of poor drain maintenance or damages and cracks in your pipes.  

How do I know if my Drains Collapsed?

Maintain Drains plumber working on an outside drainIf your drains collapsed, the first thing you would notice is the smell of sewage. You may also notice a persistent blockage in your drainage system. The smell of sewage is also a common sign of a blocked drain so you might find it disappears after you have your drains unblocked. However, the unpleasant smell will return in due course if you are dealing with a collapsed drain. 

Maintain Drains recommends that you consult a drain expert when you notice the smell of sewage or have a persistent blockage in your drainage system. A drainage expert can assess the drainage, often with a CCTV drain survey, to find out if you have any major issues with your drains. Even if your drainage problem is a minor blockage, you will have peace of mind. 

Other Signs of Collapsed Drains

Persistent blockages or the smell of sewage are often the first signs of collapsed drains that you may notice, but you should also look out for the following:

1. Damp or Mould Around the House

Rising damp or mould is another one of the more common signs of a collapsed drain. This usually appears around the house in floors and walls and is caused by waste water failing to fully leave the property.  

2. Damage to the Building

One of the more extreme signs of a major collapsed drain or a compromised drain that has gone unnoticed is damage to the building itself. As well as causing a growth in mould or dampness, waste water failing to drain properly can cause cracks to your foundation or walls in extreme cases.

3. Infestations

Rats thrive in drains and sewer systems, and so a crack in your drain pipe might attract rodents. Collapsed drains can also give rats access to your home. 

4. Sinking Ground in the Garden

signs of drains collapsedThis is one of the most obvious signs of a collapsed drain. Your grass or ground might start to sink as the water leaking from your pipe weakens the soil. If you notice wet patches of grass or soil, contact a drain expert as soon as possible. 

If you spot any of these signs, it’s important to contact a drainage specialist immediately to receive advice. Whether it’s a new smell of sewage or a sinking patch in the garden, inspection from an expert as soon as possible can help to resolve the problem before it can get worse, saving you both time and money. 

Have Your Drains Collapsed? Here’s What to do Next…

If you suspect that your drains have collapsed, contact Maintain Drains immediately and a member of the team will be with you as soon as possible. You can contact one of our experts online or give us a call on 01202 300040. Please remember, fixing collapsed drains requires professional expertise, often just finding the collapsed pipe is difficult enough for novices. 

We will use the latest CCTV drain surveillance technology to find collapsed drains. Using a camera will help us to find the best remedial action, often pitch fibre repairs, drain relining or drain excavation. All our vans are fully equipped with technology and tools to repair drains, and our team can work with you to do so. We ensure you are kept informed and updated. Our team can advise the best solution to your drainage problems based on the issue, your timescale and budget. 

One simple way to avoid any future collapse of your drains is to ensure they are regularly checked and maintained. Regular, scheduled maintenance can help to spot any potential problems before they develop further, saving you time and money. 

This is ideal for businesses. Our commercial drainage solutions and scheduled maintenance will help to ensure your drains are healthy and working fully. Give us a call today on 01202 300040 to discuss your requirements for a free quotation. 

Lost Drain Rods?

You might find it surprising that one of the most common questions that we are asked is “how do I retrieve lost drain rods from a drain?”. It’s a heart-stopping moment when you lose your grip and the rod descends into your drainage system. The reality is, accidents happen, and there is nothing more frustrating than making your drain blockage even worse! Particularly, if you have lost a newly-purchased or a borrowed drain rod.

Updated: March 2020


Why Drain Rods Get Stuck Or Lost

Drain rods are available in most DIY and hardware stores and they often provide a quick, short-term solution to smaller drain blockages for homeowners. While you can do-it-yourself, we would recommend contacting a specialist to provide a drain rodding service to ensure the entire blockage is remotely safely.

The main cause of drain rods becoming detached during the drain clearing process is that they simply unthread themselves, the rods purchased at the large DIY houses and builders merchants screw together and all that thrashing about in the drain can cause the rods to spin and undo. Unfortunately twisting the rods anti-clockwise unscrews them and the law of sod says that it will be the joint halfway down the system that separates first and leaves you holding just three of the six rods you started with.

Losing your drain rods can be extremely frustrating
Losing your drain rods can be so frustrating.


How We Get Lost Drain Rods Out

There are several techniques for removing lost drain rods from a system without the need for excavation works, they are as follows;

  1. If the drain rods just twisted and separated then a high-pressure water jetting may well flush them out.
  2. If the drain rods have unscrewed they can be retrieved by using a drainage camera, a set of similar rods
  3. If the drain rods have snapped then by using steel root cutting rods along with a retrieving head it is possible to anchor onto the offending objects and retrieve them.

All the above have been used by Maintain Drains to retrieve lost drain rods and all have worked for us. Every job is different but these techniques are certainly worth a try prior to carrying out expensive excavation works. If you need help or assistance retrieving your lost drains rods feel welcome to contact Maintain Drains any time. We cover the Poole and Bournemouth area but can travel further into Dorset and Hampshire if required.

If you have noticed your sinks are draining slower than usual, you probably have a blocked drain. Grease, hair and detergents are always flowing through your drains and a build-up of these particles can cause a clog. The most obvious and cost-effective solution is to buy chemical drain cleaners and flush out your drainage. These drain unblocker chemicals aren’t quite as magical as they seem, in fact, plumbers and drain specialists are constantly dealing with the repercussions of chemical drain damage. 


Chemical Drain Cleaners are not effective

Drain cleaning chemicals can provide a fast, easy solution to your drainage problems. However, this solution is only short-term! To really notice some of the major signs of a blocked drain, the blockage would have to be fairly substantial. Drain cleaning solutions won’t have much of an effect on large clogs, sewer problems or broken pipes.


Drain Unblocker Chemicals are toxic

The chemicals used in drain unblockers, especially the cheaper ranges, are highly toxic and bad for the environment. Inhaling the fumes is unhealthy and cause irritation to your nose, eyes or throat. The fumes will stick around a lot longer than you expect, long after the substance has been flushed away. This will continue to cause irritations and unpleasant smells. If you choose to use a chemical drain cleaner, follow the usage instructions very carefully. 


Chemical Drain Cleaners cause damage

Because the chemicals used in drain unblockers are so strong, these cleaners can actually cause damage to your drainage system. Chemical drain damage is caused by acids from drain unblocker chemicals eroding the finish drain pipe. Chemical drain damage will start a process that can weaken your drainage, which could lead to drain fractures or collapsed pipes. 


How to unblock your drains

If you believe your drain is blocked you should invest in a plumbers snake to rod out your drains. If this fails, you should contact your local drainage experts. Maintain Drains are based in Poole and our expert team offer 24-hour service to Dorset and the surrounding area. Contact the team for your free, no-obligation quote.  

Our drain rodding service is a fast and effective method to reach and unblock your drains. Maintain Drains use drain rods to dislodge debris that has built up over time in your drainage system. While rodding is one of the easy methods to unblock drains, we still recommend contacting a local drainage expert. This will ensure that the entire drainage system has been reached, fully flushed and no extra damage is caused. We offer drain rodding services across and around Dorset. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote on 01202 300040. 


How does drain rodding work?

The rodding process involves attaching multiple rods to one another and pushing them down your drainage system to remove blockages. After rodding, the drains can then be blasted and flushed with a jet to fully clear any debris. It can be hard to locate blockages in underground drainage systems and so Maintain Drains use a variety of strong and flexible tools to reach and dislodge any clogs.   


How effective are drain rods at unblocking drains?

There are many different causes of drain blockages, including a build-up of fats, pipe damage, animal infestation or tree root ingress. Drain rodding is one of the most commonly used drain clearance methods, as different drain rods and unblocking tools can be used to clear your drains. For instance, special rods can be used to ‘wind up’ tree roots which are causing issues. 


Do I need drain clearance?

There are several clear signs that your drains are blocked. Contact a drain specialist if you notice any of the following: 


  • Water will begin to drain slower than usual. 
  • An unpleasant odour may begin to come from your drains. 
  • An unusual noise when you pull the plug. 


You should contact a drainage specialist as they can diagnose the problem and locate the clog within your drain’s infrastructure. Our fully-trained experts can reach underground drainpipes from manhole covers. Maintain Drains offer a wide range of drain clearance services for domestic and commercial customers. 


How to retrieve stuck drain rods?

At Maintain Drains we get a lot of calls asking the team to come and retrieve stuck drain rods. This is one of our most common jobs because the rods can become detached during the drain clearing process. All the thrashing about can often cause the rods to unscrew and fall into the drainage system. We have several methods in place to retrieve stuck drain rods. Contact Maintain Drains for your rod retrieval.


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Maintain Drains are your local experts for drain clearance and repairs. Call our team of drainage professionals today for your free, no-obligation quote. Based in Poole, Maintain Drains offer a fast, expert, 24-hour service accross the Dorset area. 

Is your bath taking longer to drain? You might have noticed the water is staying in your bath for much longer than usual after you have pulled the plug. This is a fairly common problem for households but you should take quick action to prevent major damage to your drainage system. In this blog, we will explain why your bathtub is draining slower than usual and give you some top tips to prevent getting a clogged bathtub.


Why is your bath taking longer to drain?

All the toilets, sinks, baths and showers in your home empty into the same drainage system. Day in and day out, drains do a lot of work for us but sometimes a build-up of debris can cause clogged drains. Your clogged bath or shower drain is most likely caused by a build-up of soap, shampoos and hair. The build-up can develop slowly over a period of time and may not be identified until the issue has become serious.


Once you spot the signs of a clogged bathtub (slow-draining water or unpleasant odours) you should take immediate action. As more soap and hair enter the drainage system, the clog will continue to grow. You may then have a serious issue on your hands. The sooner you deal with the problem, the easier it will be to resolve.


How can you prevent a clogged bathtub?

There are several steps that you can take to prevent drain clogs. Firstly, remove and clean your plugs. Pop-up plugs, in particular, can trap debris so be sure to give them a good clean. Secondly, use a drain protector to collect debris while draining water efficiently. Finally, you should clean your drains and sink overflow to remove any small blockages. We would recommend using baking powder and boiling water or white vinegar to give your drains the best clean!


When should you call a drainage engineer?

While home remedies and chemicals can also help to unclog your drains, you may wish to call out for an engineer to completely resolve the drainage issues. Our friendly engineers can relieve these problems by manual rodding or using high pressured water to blast the blockage. A clogged bathtub can be stressful and difficult to combat. Maintain Drains can take the stress away and fix your drainage issues quickly and cost-effectively. We operate a 24-hour call-out service so we are always on hand.

Our dedicated team of engineers can help to solve any problems you may have with your domestic drains. If you are worried about your drainage get in touch with Maintain Drains for your free quote today. 

Sometimes, it’s hard to work out if your drains are blocked. Drainage issues are a common problem with pipes and there are a number of reasons why this happens. Finding the common indications to a blocked drain can help to find out what to do next.


1. Unusual noise coming from the drains

There are many signs to warn you if your drains are blocked, noises coming from your drain are a big giveaway. If you can hear gurgling noises coming from your drain, it could mean there is air trapped in the pipes. When the water runs through the drains, it will try to flow around the blockage. This pushed the water and the air, causing a gurgling noise.

The trapped air could be because of the build-up of rubbish in the drains. This can be grease, soap, oil and food. Because of the build-up, it can then affect how quickly your water can drain.


2. Water draining slowly

If there is any blockage in your pipes, your water will drain slower than usual. You can test this by how slowly the water drains from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. If you think it is slower than usual, it could be one of the first signs that your drains are blocked.

This happens because the blockage is stopping the water flowing through the pipes as normal. Depending on what is blocked in the pipes, the water has to filter through the blockage. This can take significantly longer, affect how quickly your pipes can drain.


3. Bad smell coming from the drains

Another sign of a blocked drain can be a bad odour coming from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. This smell may even appear even worse when the taps are turned on.

This commonly happens because food debris has gathered and are now stuck in the pipes. As the food decomposes, it can create an unpleasant smell.


Are your drains blocked or is it the sewers?

You will probably be able to tell by now if your drains are blocked. In more dramatic cases, water will not be able to flow down the drain and even overflow in your sink, bath or toilet. There will probably also be a bad odour around your drains and inspection chambers.

One of the best ways to tell where the problem lies is to see if your neighbours also having issues with their pipes. If not, it is likely that your drain is blocked. If others are having a problem then it is more likely to be the sewers.


What to do next

Finding and clearing the drains blockage can be easily resolved with Maintain Drains. Blocked drains can commonly be flushed through with drain jetting. This is a simple process of firing high-pressure water down your drains and pipes to clear the blockages. We can provide a quick and sensibly priced service aimed at resolving your blocked drains problems.