A blocked drain in or around the home is something that can not only cause damage to your home; it can be a really smelly problem as well. If you can keep your drains functioning properly and with little problems, you’ll find that blockages and other issues rarely arise.
Prevention is usually far more effective than cure, and with these helpful tips and tricks you’ll find it far easier to keep your drains running smoothly.
To maintain your indoor drains, one of the easiest ways to keep them clear and free from blockages is to pour boiling water down them on a regular basis. A kettle full of boiling water once a week can be a substantial help in removing build ups of fats, oil and grease and preventing blocked drains.
If you do this regularly enough you’ll find that it keeps your drains clear and prevents the need for any drastic action because something has gone wrong further down the line.
Baking soda and vinegar
While it’s not a good idea to use strong chemical cleaners on your drains, as you can never be sure what they’ll react with and if they will damage your drains, you can use a weaker cleaner.
The best solution is a combination of baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain, followed by hot water. You will be able to hear a small chemical reaction occurring once you have done this. This reaction helps to remove stubborn dirt and grime and should be done two to three times a year as a form of seasonal maintenance.
Watch what you drop down the drains
One of the best ways to maintain your drains is by being extremely careful with what you put down them. While most drains are designed to carry waste and small items such as toilet roll, waste pipes don’t deal very well with grease and fat from food, cleansing wipes, dental floss, nappies or sanitary products.
You should be very wary about what you leave to go down your drains and should try and dispose of waste into the rubbish bin where possible. With fats and grease you can pour them into a bottle or food storage container and dispose of them into the garbage.
Clear debris from outside
If you’re trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it’s a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don’t restrict water flow at any point.
Remember, if you need any further advice or professional help with drain unblocking don’t hesitate to call us, Our professional engineers are always on hand to offer help and support.
A blockage in your drain, sink or toilet could be caused by a number of factors, but whatever is causing the blockage, our high strength and powerful drain clearing and cleaning tools cure the problem quickly, accurately and with a minimum of mess.
Blocked drains can happen at any time, and when your drains or sewers are blocked or stop working you need the problem solved quickly and efficiently.
We are able to offer a local, fast, friendly and cost effective service to clean and repair any domestic or commercial blocked drain, sewer or toilet 24 hours a day.
For unblocking the really severe blockages we use our high pressure water jetting system.
This is an extremely efficient system to remove the most challenging of blocked drains or sewers. We can also carry CCTV drain survey inspections and manhole inspections.
Our Fixed Fee Service means you will never pay more than the price agreed over the phone.
We were called out to a supermarket on Far Gosford in coventry today. They’d had blocked foul water drains for a week. This meant that they could not open the shop due to having a main inspection chamber inside the shop.
Over the past week, they’ve called 5 different drainage companies, all charging by the hour to clear the blockage. None of the companies could Get it clear, but still charged the customer over £2500.
When the customer called us, we gave them a fixed price of £125. And agreed that if we couldn’t clear the blockage, we would not charge anything.
We attended within the hour, and we cleared the drains using the h.p.w jetting unit.
The shop was back open and trading in no time at all.
Never Book A Company That Charges an Hourly Rate.
Always Make Sure You Agree a Fixed Price Before Any Work Is Carried Out.
And Make Sure There Is a NO FIX – NO FEE Agreement in Place.
To ensure a rapid response to your drain emergency, all of our vans are ready equipped with the latest tools, including high pressure water jetting machines. We are on call 24 hours a day and are always ready to respond to your drainage problem, no matter how big or small.
WE PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DRAIN SERVICES
MAINTENANCE AND CONTRACT WORK
24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK SERVICE FOR BLOCKED DRAINS
CCTV DRAIN SURVEYS
DRAIN LINING (NO DIG TECHNOLOGY)
PITCH FIBRE PIPEWORK RE-ROUNDED
TREE ROOT INGRESS REMOVAL
HIGH PRESSURE WATER JETTING FAT AND SCALE REMOVED
NEW SURFACE WATER DRAINS
ROOT CUTTING AND CHEMICAL TREATMENTS.
KITCHEN SINKS AND WASTE PIPES CLEARED
CLEARFLOW DRAINS, do not charge a call out fee and all work is priced per job (where possible) rather than hourly to save you money.
WE are experts in all aspects of drainage from blocked drains, to CCTV camera surveys, to all aspects of drain repairs. We also understand septic tanks and private treatment plants.
All of our drainage repair work is fully guaranteed for 10 years and all our engineers are fully insured. If you have a problem with drains, septic tanks, soakaways or simply want good advice, you can find out more about our extensive range of services by calling us FREE on 0800 987 5213
Clearflow Drains is capable of performing CCTV Surveys and High Pressure Water Jetting in virtually any location.
With the use of specialised 4×4 vehicles, remote hose reels and specialised access solutions, High Pressure Water Jetting and Drain surveys can be carried out on the most difficult of ground conditions.
Having portable mainline CCTV systems we are able to carry out surveys in the remotest of locations. This method requires only two men to carry the equipment, ensuring that no site is inaccessible.
These services are being used more frequently by our clients in emergency situations, where sewer blockages in the countryside could have devastating effects if an appropriate and effective service is not provided. Our dedicated 4×4 vehicles are on hand throughout the year.
Whether it be railways, countryside or more sensitive ground such as sports playing fields requiring minimal disruption, we are confident that we can provide off road services to suit any terrain.
Winter drains advice
The frost, snow and cold weather can take a huge toll on your drains and plumbing systems during the winter, often causing a large amount of damage if things go wrong.
One of the key things to remember during the winter is that if the flow of water in your drains is inhibited at any point, it’s far more likely to block. To reduce this risk, it’s a good idea to ensure the drains are kept as free from debris as possible.
This means regularly clearing leaves, twigs and other debris from the gutters and gullies and using a grate of some sort to cover any open gullies. It’s also important to watch what you pour down the drains. Substances like cooking fat and grease can easily congeal in the pipes and cause blockages.
Avoid frozen pipes.
Frozen pipes can be an absolute nightmare during the winter months and are liable to burst. If the water flow appears restricted at any point on its journey, it’s a good indication that there is a frozen blockage somewhere.
If you’re expecting very cold weather, any pipes that are exposed to the elements, whether they are outside or found in your home, should be insulated properly with pipe lagging and heat tape. You can also regularly pour a little hot water down your sinks in order to remove any build-up of fats, oils and grease in the pipes.
Our CCTV survey equipment allows our engineers great accuracy and ability to carry out a detailed inspection report of all the underground and above drainage and sewer pipe work. The CCTV camera inspection can reveal many things such as blockages, bad pipe work, fractures, collapsed pipes, root intrusions, rat or rodent infestation, badly laid pipe work which have the incorrect gradient causing back-fall or bellowing in the pipe work, open or displaced joints allowing the loss of water into the ground which possibly could lead to subsidence, so whatever the size of your property we can deal with it.
Blocked drains can be a real problem often causing sinks and toilets to back up and overflow.
Many blocked drains are caused by fat, grease, wipes or sanitary products.
Rainwater drains can also become a problem, blocking with silt, leaves and debris resulting in rainwater pooling and not draining away.
These types of blockages can usually be cleared quickly and efficiently using rods or high pressure water jetting.
Occasionally root penetration or a structural defect is to blame; these can be quickly and easily identified using CCTV drainage equipment. Roots can be removed using high pressure water jetting with root cutting attachments and recommendations made to repair structural defects.
Experienced & Equipped
At Clearflow Drains, our engineers are fully trained and have many years of experience in the drainage industry.
Our vehicles are equipped to deal with almost any blockage with on board high pressure water jetters and CCTV drain surveying equipment.
We are proud to say that we work around the clock here at Clearflow Drains. operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout the year, we provide a whole range of drainage services carried out by experienced qualified and well trained members of our team professionally dealing and solving many types of emergency drainage problems such as your standard drain blockages to cracked or split waste pipes to main drains.
We pride ourselves in being able to respond with our 24 hour emergency call service to all domestic through to any commercial breakdown emergency with just a simple phone call from you.
Is your home suffering from a blocked drain? Our main aim is to save you money but at the same time get your drainage problems sorted before the escalate into something much worse, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and get in touch with a friendly member of our team any time day or night all year round.
Neglected drains can have a negative knock on effect on your property if not looked after, if you think you may have a cracked or blocked drain get in touch now before it causes bigger problems later on down the line.