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Blocked Drains North West

North West's #1 for drain cleaning & drain unblocking

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Understanding the Causes of Blocked Drains

Blocked drains can be a significant inconvenience, leading to foul-smelling odours, slow drainage, and, in extreme situations, even flooding.

  1. Foreign Objects: Often, the culprits are items that shouldn't be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink, such as wet wipes, sanitary products, cooking grease, and food scraps.

  2. Debris Build-up: Dirt, hair, soap scum, and other debris can accumulate, narrowing the drain's passage. Hard water, rich in minerals, can further exacerbate this by leaving deposits in pipes.

  3. Tree Roots: As trees and shrubs grow, their roots might invade nearby drainage pipes, seeking water. These roots can grow and expand within the pipe, causing blockages.

  4. Structural Issues: Damaged or corroded pipes can develop cracks, holes, or even collapse, restricting water flow.

  5. Poor Installation: Incorrectly installed pipes, or those made from inappropriate materials, can lead to blockages.

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Blocked Drain Prevention

In order to prevent blocked drains from occurring, several steps can be taken. One of the most important is to be mindful of what is flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink.

  1. Only flush toilet paper and human waste.
  2. Don't pour cooking grease or food scraps down the sink.
  3. Flush drains with a mix of hot water or baking soda to break down debris.
  4. Have regular checks by drain professionals.

For more stubborn blockages, professional drain unblocking services may be required. These services use specialized equipment, such as drain snakes or hydro-jetting, to clear the blockage and restore proper water flow. In cases where there are structural issues or damage to the pipes, repairs may be required.

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Signs of a Blocked Drain

In addition to preventative measures, it is important for homeowners to be aware of the signs of a blocked drain. These include slow drainage, gurgling sounds, unpleasant smells and water backing up into sinks or toilets. If any of these signs are present, it is important to take action to prevent the issue from becoming more severe.

Regular inspections by a professional drain unblocking company can also help identify any potential issues before they become major problems. A professional drain unblocking service can perform a CCTV inspection of the drainage system to identify any issues, such as root invasion or structural damage, that may be contributing to blockages.

In cases where blocked drains are a recurring problem, it may be necessary to make changes to the drainage system. This could include installing a backflow prevention device or a sump pump to prevent flooding or replacing outdated or damaged pipes with new ones. It is also important to be mindful of the environmental impact of blocked drains. Chemical drain cleaners, while effective at removing blockages, can be harmful to the environment and should be used sparingly.

Our Services

Drain Unblocking

Our experienced team will replace your old lead pipes with safe alternatives, ensuring a healthier water supply.

Drain Jetting

Our professional team utilises high-pressure water jets to effectively clear blockages and restore optimal flow in your drains.

Drainage Installation

Our skilled team will expertly install drainage systems tailored to your needs, ensuring efficient water flow and preventing future issues.

CCTV Drain Survey

Using advanced CCTV technology, we provide detailed inspections, identifying blockages, leaks, and structural issues.

Drain Maintenance

Our experienced team will conduct routine inspections, clean your drains, and provide necessary repairs, keeping your drainage system in excellent condition.

Drain Relining

Our skilled team utilises advanced techniques to reline your drains, creating a new and durable inner lining that restores functionality and prevents future damage.

Drain Repairs

From minor fixes to extensive renovations our experienced team is equipped to handle all types of drain repairs.

Drain Excavations

Our experienced team of engineers utilise industry-leading techniques to excavate and repair drains with minimal disruption

Toilet Unblocking

We provide reliable toilet unblocking services to quickly resolve any toilet-related issues.

Underground Leak Detection

Using advanced equipment and techniques, our skilled team can pinpoint hidden leaks in your underground pipes with precision.

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CCTV Drain Inspections

Here at RPD, we have the experience, tools, and expertise to quickly and effectively unblock drains. Here are some of the techniques and methods that professional companies use to unblock drains:

One of the first steps that a professional drain unblocking company will take is to perform a CCTV inspection of the drainage system. A small camera is inserted into the drain, allowing the technician to see inside the pipes and identify any issues that may be causing the blockage. This method allows for a quick and accurate diagnosis, which can save time and money in the long run.

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Drain Snakes

A drain snake is a long, flexible tool that is used to clear blockages in the drain. The snake is inserted into the drain and manipulated to break up and dislodge the blockage. Drain snakes come in various sizes and can be used for different types of blockages.

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Hydro-jetting is a technique that uses high-pressure water to clear blockages in the drain. A specialized machine pumps water through a hose and into the drain, creating a powerful jet that can break up even the most stubborn blockages. Hydro-jetting is effective for removing debris, roots, and other blockages that may be difficult to clear with other methods.

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Chemical Drain Cleaning

Chemical drain cleaners can be effective for clearing minor blockages, but care should be taken when using them. These products can be harmful to pipes and the environment and should only be used as a last resort. Professional drain unblocking companies will use chemical drain cleaners sparingly and only when necessary.

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Excavation and Pipe Repair

In cases where there is severe damage to the pipes, excavation and pipe repair may be necessary. This involves digging up the affected area of the drain and replacing or repairing the damaged pipes. This method is typically more expensive and time-consuming than other methods but may be necessary for more severe blockages.

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Root Cutting

If tree roots are causing the blockage, root cutting may be necessary. This involves using a specialized tool to cut the roots and remove them from the pipe. The roots are then cleared away and the drain is flushed to ensure that water is flowing freely.

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Backflow Prevention Devices

In areas where flooding or sewer backups are a concern, backflow prevention devices may be installed. These devices prevent water from flowing back into the drainage system, reducing the risk of flooding or sewer backups.

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Preventative Maintenance Services

In addition to these methods, we also offer preventative maintenance services to help prevent future blockages. This can include regular drain cleaning, CCTV inspections, and tree root removal.

We have a team of trained technicians who are knowledgeable about the latest techniques and equipment for unblocking drains.

Homeowners can benefit from preventative maintenance services offered by professional companies, which can help prevent future blockages and ensure the drainage system is functioning properly.

It is important for homeowners to recognize the benefits of using a professional drain unblocking company when faced with a blocked drain. Attempting to fix the issue oneself can often lead to more severe damage or recurring blockages. By hiring a professional company, homeowners can be assured that the issue will be resolved quickly and effectively, with minimal disruption to their daily lives.

We Cover The North West

Areas we cover near you:

  • EUSR
  • Construction Line
  • Watersafe
  • Surestop
  • NADC
  • CHAS
  • ProNett