Drain Problems? Signs of a blocked drain…

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Drain Problems?
Signs of a blocked drain…

Out of all plumbing problems, sewer and drains are possibly the least pleasant to think about, let alone tackle. Your drains aren’t typically something that you think about on a daily basis, but they can become something that you will find yourself unable to stop thinking about when faced with drain problems.

Here are a few tell-tale signs that may help you identify you’re having problems with your drains:

Are your drains starting to smell?

If you are starting to notice an unpleasant smell coming from your drain, it could be a sign that you have drain problems. It could be that something such as rotten food is in the kitchen sink, or something else. It is situations like this where CCTV drain surveys are beneficial to identify the cause of the problem, to move forward with a solution. Often, bad smells are usually what occurs before you find that the water is taking longer than usual to drain.

Does your shower or kitchen sink take longer to drain than usual?

Slow drainage is one of the most common signs that your drains could be blocked and you have a drain problem. A common cause of slow drainage is an obstruction in the pipes, causing the pipe’s diameter to become constricted by a thickening layer – or deterioration in cases where the pipes are old and breaking down, causing a blockage. While this issue can be easy to fix, it could also be an early warning sign of a bigger problem.

Are your outside drains overflowing?

If you see that your outside drain is overflowing, this usually means that there is a blockage somewhere between the interior plumbing and the outside drain, or, an external blockage from garden debris such as branches, leaves and grass being blown into it, or tree roots have ingressed themselves.

This issue can often be easily remedied by maintaining your outside drains effectively and keeping them clear of garden debris, removing it regularly to allow water to flow freely. You can also add an appropriately sized grate to the entrance to catch the garden debris.

Tree roots in drains is a common cause for blockages. We recommend drain jetting as an effective, long-term solution. Drain jetting is a high pressure cleaning method to clear blocked drains and pipes. Call us today to find out more about our drain jetting services, to help your outside drains.

More serious than you think!

Drains starting to smell, sinks taking longer to drain, or drains overflowing – all of these are a signs of a blocked drain and the problem might be more serious than you think.

But what can I do about these drain problems?

CCTV drain surveys will allow us to deliver an extensive internal review of your drains, in order to identify both minor and major issues. No matter the issue, a camera drain survey will accurately identify and locate it.

Our high-tech cameras can identify:

  • Tree root ingress
  • Cracked pipes
  • Rat infestation
  • Collapsed pipes
  • Fatbergs or build-ups
  • Other major blockages

CCTV drain surveys will not only help to identify suspected issues, but can also be beneficial for general maintenance to prolong the condition of your drains and prevent issues from happening. Prevention is better than cure, as they say.

Maintain Drains will solve your drain problem

Failing to identify these issues early, can lead to expensive repair work including excavation. Maintain Drains will solve the problem quickly and efficiently without digging up your property.

If you find you are having issues with your drains, simply get in touch with us for a no-obligation quote. Don’t delay, contact Maintain Drains today.


What are effective methods to unblock drains outside?

Unblocking drains outside can be accomplished using several methods, depending on the severity of the blockage. First, try using a drain rod or drain snake to manually dislodge and remove the obstruction. Alternatively, consider using a high-pressure water jetter to flush out the blockage and clear the pipe.

How can I address a slow-draining toilet?

A slow-draining toilet can be a sign of a partial blockage in the drain pipe or sewer line. To address this issue, start by using a plunger to attempt to dislodge and remove the obstruction. If plunging is ineffective, try using a toilet auger to break up and clear the blockage manually.

How can I tell if my outside drain is blocked?

There are several signs that indicate a blocked outside drain, including:

  1. Water pooling or flooding around the drain area, especially during rainfall.
  2. Foul odours coming from the drain or surrounding area.
  3. Slow drainage or gurgling noises when using sinks, showers, or toilets connected to the drain.
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