Blocked drains on your property can be a serious issue so you need to know who to call and who is responsible for paying for that work. Is it you as the owner of the property or is it your water provider (which, in this area, would usually be Yorkshire Water)?
As a general rule of thumb you are responsible for the maintenance of the pipes and drains inside your property, including toilets, sinks, baths and showers, and any guttering and pipes that are attached to your property. You are also responsible for the section of pipe underground that goes from your property to the point it reaches a public sewer. Yorkshire Water does have some useful diagrams on how this looks on different property types here. It’s up to you to keep them well maintained and to resolve any issues if they do become blocked. It’s Yorkshire Water’s responsibility to resolve issues on public sewers and the pipes that connect the properties on the street.
If you’re not sure where the issue is, you can contact Yorkshire Water and they should be able to advise you.
There are several possible indications that your drains are blocked:
As you can imagine, if the problem is with the waste water pipe (ie sewage or dirty water) then this can be a real public health issue and needs dealing with quickly.
If the cause of the blockage is on your section of pipe or due to inadequate maintenance of your pipes or drains then it is down to you to get that resolved. If you have your own drain rods then this may be enough to clear it but it may require a high pressure water jetter to properly clear the blockage and for that you will need a professional. We can offer drain clearance as a service as well as CCTV technology that we can send down the drains to locate exactly where the blockage is (and check that it’s clear and that water is flowing properly again).
The best way of avoiding a blockage is to look after your drains properly in the first place. You can take the following measures to keep them well maintained:
If the blockage does turn out to be your responsibility check your home insurance or any home cover policies you may have as they could potentially cover it. If not then call a professional in that you can trust to get the job done properly first time.
If you need help with a blocked drain, please call us on 0800 032 6478 or complete the enquiry form opposite.
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