How we use drain rodding to clear your drains

Plumber using drain rods to clear an external drain

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. 


What is a drain rod?

A drain rod is a flexible and sturdy tool, a common method for clearing blockages in drains and sewer lines. Drain rods are typically made of fibreglass or polypropylene and come in various lengths and diameters to suit different drainage systems.

When is drain rodding used to clear blockages?

Drain rodding is typically used to clear blockages in drains and sewer lines that are caused by solid or semi-solid materials such as grease, debris, or foreign objects. It is a versatile and effective method for addressing common drainage issues such as slow-draining sinks, toilets, or showers. Drain rodding is particularly useful for blockages that are located close to the drain opening and can be reached with a drain rod. However, for more severe blockages or those located further down the drain line, additional methods such as high-pressure water jetting or mechanical snaking may be required. Trust Maintain Drains to assess the situation and recommend the most appropriate method for clearing blockages in your drainage system.

What are the benefits of using drain rods to clear blockages?

Drain rodding offers several benefits for clearing blockages in drains and sewer lines. Firstly, it is a simple and cost-effective method that does not require specialized equipment or machinery, making it accessible to homeowners and businesses. Secondly, drain rodding is a method that can be used to clear blockages in various types of drains and sewer lines, including those with multiple bends or angles.

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