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Always embracing and investing in new technologies the team here at Maintain Drains has recently undertaken what is known as a lateral or ‘top hat’ repair to a drainage run.

In order to have a complete no-dig solution for the repair of drains and sewers techniques have been developed for the relining of the junctions where two pipes meet underground.

‘Top hat’ or ‘Junction liners’ are used more commonly on larger sewer systems however these techniques can also be used on pipes sizes down to 100mm diameter and are therefore suitable for domestic pipe work.

For the most we would tend to excavate domestic junctions or reline up to them from three directions but if you have a scenario where you absolutely do not want an excavation and you need the junction relining due to fractures, ground water or tree root ingress there are a few companies out there with the equipment and know how to assist.

Please take a look at our Facebook page, Maintain Drains, to see a recent example of this type of installation.


drain lining for drainage junctions

There’s never a good time to plunge a toilet, but blockages seem to happen at the most inopportune moments. Fortunately, you can clear most blocked toilet problems yourself before calling us.

Follow these steps, and you could have the blocked toilet problem cleared up before the in-laws come over for dinner.


Method 1 – The Good Old Rubber Glove Method

1. Flush only once. If it’s not flushing the first time, don’t flush again. This will cause more water to be pumped into the toilet bowl. If the toilet becomes blocked, the first flush will not cause the bowl to overflow, but the second flush might.

2. Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Toilets are inherently unsanitary places to work, but a good pair of rubber cleaning gloves will protect you from any germs within.

3. If you can see the cause of the blockage, put on a pair of rubber gloves and remove it from the toilet if possible.


Method 2 – Dish Soap and Hot Water Method

1. Add a little dish soap. Just place a few squirts in the toilet.

2. Pour a pot or half a bucket of tap-hot water from about waist level into the bowl. (The reason you pour from waist level is because the weight of the water can help to clear the blockage, or erode it away if some amount of water is getting through.

The water should be no hotter than a hot tea you can drink comfortably, but not boiling, since very hot water can crack porcelain. A little water won’t work––you want to raise the temperature of the water passing around or pressing on the blockage.

3. Let the water and dish soap sit for a few minutes. Sometimes doing this will soften a blockage enough for the blockage to loosen and clear on its own.

4. If the water has not gone down, give the coat hanger method a try.


Method 3 – Wire Coat Hanger Method

1. If the soap and bucket method fails to unblockage the blocked toilet, a wire coat hanger may clear the obstruction. This will generally work if there is an obstruction in the first few inches of the drain.

2. Unravel the coat hanger. Twist the top ends of the coat hanger apart until they are no longer connected. (To avoid damaging the porcelain tightly wrap one end with a rag).

3. Stick the wrapped end of the wire into the drain. Once the wire is in the drain, twist it, push it, and manoeuvre it in a circular motion to clear the drain.


Hopefully these methods will have cleared your blocked sink. If not were always here to help 24hrs a day, feel welcome to call us 01202 300040.


Your kitchen sink is indispensable to your daily routine, but you don’t really appreciate it until something goes wrong. A blocked sink can be a disaster, as dishes stack up and cooking comes to a halt.

If the worse comes to the worst you could call us straight away and one of our friendly engineers will visit you and deal with the blocked sink problem speedily and efficiently. By calling 01202 300040 with fixed prices you’ll always know what you’ll pay up front and the problem with be dealt with.

But before you do, why not try to clear the blocked sink yourself with these couple of methods.


Method 1 – Unblock the kitchen sink with a plunger

Plungers are only a few pounds, readily available from DIY stores and can deal with most blockages.

1. Fill the sink partially full of hot water.

2. Position the plunger over the drain. If you have a double sink, then stuff a washcloth into the unclogged drain to ensure that the plunger’s pressure is focused on the clog.

3. Work the plunger up and down quickly. Pull the plunger off of the drain opening and see if the water starts to drain.

4. Continue using the plunger until the clog is dislodged.


Method 2 – Unblock a Kitchen Sink with Vinegar and Baking Soda

1. Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Use a bowl or a cup to bail standing water out of the sink. Pour the water into a bucket.

2. Push 1 cup of baking soda down the sink drain. Use a spatula to force the baking soda into the opening, if necessary.

3. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain opening. Put the stopper into the sink so that the vinegar is forced toward the clog.

4. Wait 5 minutes to allow the solution to work on the clog. Run warm water into the sink to see if the clog disappears.

5. Pour 4 cups of boiling water down the drain if the warm water fails to work. If the sink is still clogged, then apply the baking soda and vinegar solution again.


Hopefully these methods will have cleared your blocked sink. If not were always here to help 24hrs a day, feel welcome to call us 01202 300040.

A blocked drain is a common problem, and at Maintain Drains, it’s something we can easily help with.

Is my drain blocked?

Drain blockage issues often worsen quickly and therefore show signs fast. Some tell-tale signs of a blocked drain include:

  • A foul smell coming from drain – Smells are one of the earliest sign of a drain issue. If you notice an unusual odour coming from your drain, toilet, sink, shower or bath, don’t ignore it; smells often appear before visual signs of a blocked drain.
  • Sounds coming from drain – Noticing a strange sound from your drains or pipes is another early warning sign of a potential issue. Gurgling noises occur when air is trapped and pushed through your drainage system. Noises may occur when flushing toilets, draining baths or showers or sinks.
  • Sinks, toilets, showers and baths draining slower than normal – This sign is another common warning of a blocked drain. If after washing up, showering or bathing your drains are slow, there may be an obstruction stopping the water flowing as normal.
  • Overflowing of drains – While this may seem obvious, it’s important to notice if there is any excess water flowing from your toilet, sink, bath, shower or outside drain, it could be caused by a blockage. In this case, it is important to seek advice from a drainage expert as soon as possible to resolve the issue and prevent your home or business being flooded.

Why are my drains blocked?

Drains can be blocked due to a huge range of issues, and it is often difficult to determine the reason for a blocked drain without investigating and resolving the issue. Drains could be blocked due to a simple blockage of hair, dirt and grease, or there could be a greater issue such as root ingress. If your home drainage system has pitch fibre pipes, you could be experiencing damaged pipes which could be deteriorating and causing a blockage. There could also be damage to the pipes or drains due to other factors such as animals in drains or damage and wear over time.

How to fix and prevent blocked drains

There are a few methods you can use to investigate and potentially fix a blocked drain. These include:

  • Drain Rodding – This involves inserting a drain rod into the drain to disrupt and dislodge any dirt, hair or grease which may be causing an issue. This is a common and simple fix for bath and sink drainage issues, such as slow drainage or noises coming from these drains.
  • CCTV Drain Surveys – CCTV Drainage surveys can give a clear image and view of anything that may be blocking your drains. If there is a fatberg, root ingress or damaged pipes, our high-quality CCTV cameras can quickly identify drain blockages.
  • Drain Jetting – Drain Jetting involves using high-pressure water to unblock drains. Drain Jetting is ideal for blockages further down the pipe which rods may not be able to reach.
  • Maintaining your drains – One easy way to prevent blocked drains is to care for and clean your drains regularly. Avoid putting grease or fats down your drains as these can build up and clog drains. You could also use a screen to ensure debris does not enter the drain. Contact a drainage specialist for advice on how to clean and maintain your drains.

When looking for a quick fix for a blocked drain, it’s important to remember that harsh abrasive cleaners can damage your drains and pipes, and potentially cause further issues. Chemical drain cleaners can be problematic, and home solutions such as baking soda and vinegar can be dangerous to both yourself and your drains. It’s always best to contact a plumber to find the best advice.

Maintain Drains drainage expert assisting a customer

When to contact a professional

If you have noticed one or more signs your drains are blocked, it’s best to contact a drainage expert immediately. This is because blocked drains can develop quickly and cause further issues fast, including flooding, foul smells or slow drainage. Getting professional advice from the moment you notice a potential problem can help save you both time and money by diagnosing and resolving the issue as quickly as possible. Maintain Drains are happy to offer advice and quotes for any drainage issues you may be experiencing; simply give us a call on 01202 300040.

Blocked Drains Poole & Bournemouth

Maintain Drains are proud to serve Dorset and provide high quality, professional drainage solutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us on 01202 300040 for a free quote and advice on how to prevent or resolve a blocked drain. All our vans come equipped to deal with any drainage emergency and we will work with you to get your drains flowing normally as quickly as possible.

We offer fixed prices & no call out charges and all our work is fully guaranteed. Unlike some of our competitors, we do not have any hidden charges or try to sell you any other services.

We are a team of professionals who work around the clock to prevent blocked drains from becoming a further issue in your home or business. One of our friendly engineers will simply call and deal with your blocked drains or organise to repair the blockage.

• Call us now 01202 237234
• 24 hour call out – every day
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We offer drainage services in and around Dorset, including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Blandford, Highcliffe, Bridport and other surrounding areas. Simply call us on 01202 300040 or request a callback to speak to our friendly team.

There are many reasons for having drainage systems investigated using a CCTV Drainage Survey such as buying a new home, investigating why a system regularly blocks, water ingress to cellar or sub-floor areas, subsidence investigations, rat and rodent infestation or you may simply need to know where a system runs before you build your new extension.

Some of the methods used are basic and have been undertaken for hundreds of years, such as water and air pressure testing to determine if there are any leaks within the drainage system. However, once an issue has been determined a CCTV Drainage Survey allows you view the inside of the pipework for a detailed inspection.

As drains are below the ground, it is almost impossible to identify what the issue could be straight away. The most well-known issues connected with the drainage system include the general buildup of normal waste, tree roots, or a breakage in the drain, and these can happen at any point throughout your drainage system, not necessarily close to an area of instant access – and this is where the CCTV equipment comes in very handy.

The equipment can guide an engineer through the drain structure which can rapidly and effortlessly recognise the issue or blockage in your drain. This will then enable the engineer to tackle the issue with minimal disruption and most importantly swiftly.

Why get a CCTV Drainage Survey

A CCTV Survey can help you secure a rapid and effective result, and by mapping the sewer lines, you will track where an issue lies and not only uncover the cause of your problem, but also identify any possible issues that could arise in the near future.

It may be important to understand whether or not the area where the issue is identified, is actually the responsibility of yourself as the homeowner. The recording which your engineer will supply you with will literally show exactly where the damage or blockage lies, so you have concrete evidence as to whether or not the blocked drain is your responsibility or not.

As well as having a CCTV survey carried out to identify an issue in your drains, it can also be used for preventative purposes use or even to provide evidence that the drainage system is in a good state before the transaction of a house goes through.

A CCTV drain report is not a mandatory part of a homebuyers report, so you could buy a house not knowing that the drains are in a poor state, so be sure to have the drain survey carried out on top of the home buyers report, so you can either negotiate the cost of the potential repairs needed off the cost of the house, or order the current homeowner to have the repairs carried out before you buy the home.

From as little as £80, an inspection of your drainage could bring peace of mind and most importantly save you thousands of pounds when purchasing a new property.

Call us now to discuss a CCTV survey and speak to one of our friendly experts. Not only do we offer quality CCTV surveys, we also offer a wider range of 24 Hour Emergency Drainage services such as Drain unblocking, pitch fibre repairs and much more.

Parts of Dorset are at risk of more flooding, as the Met Office forecasts more heavy rain.

Although the recent weather has overwhelmed drainage systems we have found that the lack of maintenance to essential items such as drainage gullies, culverts and water courses has resulted in significant damage to property.

On a recent visit to assist with a blocked drain causing some ‘flooding’, see above image, we found a substantial area of a commercial property to be heavily flooded simply down to an un-maintained drainage ditch. This particular incident cost thousands of pounds worth of damage, lost revenue and stress for our client.

Maintaining the drainage system around your house or commercial property needn’t be a chore and here at Maintain we are always on hand to offer advice and guidance and provide a solution.

Call us now to discuss any planned maintenance requirements you may have. 01202 300040.