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Summer Plumbing Essentials: Sorting Blocked Drains

If your drains smell funky in the summer, they won’t get any better in winter

Drains never exactly smell fragrant but if yours are really starting to pong now that the weather is warm it’s a real red flag that you could have a blockage somewhere.

Drains can become blocked for a whole manner of reasons: putting things down the plugholes and toilets that you shouldn’t, external debris going into the outside drains, issues further down the lines, or pipes degrading. If there is a blockage somewhere the most common signs are that water is backing up/not going down properly, or they start to smell really bad.

In summer, it’s the bad smell that people tend to notice the most as warm weather will exacerbate the problem. In the short term, it’s not great that your garden starts to smell like a swamp or a toilet (definitely not conducive to garden entertaining!) but it’s not going miraculously get better on its own and when winter comes and brings rain, snow, and ice with it, it’s really going to be a big issue.

Get drainage issues sorted in the summer

If you really want to avoid being in a much worse position in the winter, this is something you need to get a handle on now. That’s not to say you need to start digging up the garden, just when you use it the most, but it makes sense to know what you’re really up against so that you can plan any remedial action required.

Drain investigations from £99.00

First of all, try to establish whether the drains in question are your responsibility or that of your water provider. Generally speaking, you are responsible for the drains within your property and the section of pipe underground to the point where it reaches the public sewer. You can see more information about this here.

The next step is to really assess what the issue is and where any blockage is located. Luckily, there’s no need to start digging the pipes up; a drain investigation survey can reveal the full details of the issue without having to disturb anything at all.

Using radio signal correlator technology, we can send a camera into the drains and review the findings on a monitor. This gives us all the information required to devise the best solution and provide you with a quote. Some can be resolved quite easily with drain rods or high pressure jetting, and some require a more extensive drain excavation but at least you would know what was required and have plenty of time to get it sorted before the bad weather of winter

Call us on 0333 577 0151 to arrange your drain investigation or complete the enquiry form.

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