The signs of a blocked drain can include smelly, gurgling drains, the water level in the toilet, bath or sink draining slowly or rising higher than usual.

Here are some typical signs that indicate that you may have blocked drain. If you act at this stage, you could avoid an emergency.

  • Bad smell: The easiest – and least pleasant – symptom to spot
  • Drainage: The water level in the toilet, bath or sink draining slowly or rising higher than usual
  • Gurgling: A gurgling sound from the toilet, sink bath or shower

What are the causes of blocked drains?

Tree roots are the most common cause of a blocked drain. If you have camphor laurel or fig trees in your garden, it’s likely you’ve experienced sewer problems.

Tree roots aren’t the only cause of a blocked sewer: Often tooth floss, sanitary towels and even household objects can trap sewerage and debris and block drains or toilets.

Dangers of a blocked drain

It’s important to act when you suspect that you have a blocked drain. For example overflowing sewage is a health risk (not to mention unpleasant) and damaged drains that are left un-repaired may cause further damage to your property in the longer term.

Who is responsible?

Householders are currently responsible for the maintenance and repair of their private sewers or lateral drains (e.g. the section which joins your property directly to the Water Board’s main).

Emergency Drain Clearing

When it comes to emergency drain clearing, Pipe Relining Solutions has all the expertise and equipment you need to get the job done quickly, professionally and with the minimum of fuss.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your blocked drain emergency. We understand that it’s an emergency and act fast.


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