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.


Drain Rodding Dorset

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.