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17th September 2020


Clumps of soggy leaves can make their way into your drains and cause them to become blocked, so here are some things you can do to help prevent this happening over the next few months.


We’ll soon start to see autumn in full force, with the colourful leaves falling and covering the ground outside. While this may look lovely it can have an adverse effect for our drains. The leaves make their way into our drains and gutters and buildup with other debris to cause blockages and obstructions which can be a real pain. As the leaves make their way into drains it will take a while for them to breakdown and disintegrate so it could mean they buildup and lead to flooding and overflowing of your drains. To help prevent this from happening this autumn here are a couple of things you can do.

Drain Guards 

You can invest in a drain guard which will stop autumn leaves blocking your drains as well as prevent other debris from falling in, whilst still letting the water in. You will have to regularly clear the guards to keep them working effectively, the leaves will build up and if left too long water will no longer be able to get through which may result in localised flooding around the drain. 

Raking up leaves

There is no way around leaves falling off trees and it will help if you are regularly raking up the leaves in your garden. If you make a habit of this everyday it shouldn’t take too long and will definitely help. 

Wet-Dry Vacuum 

A wet-dry vacuum is able to hoover up the soggy leaves from your drains to help keep them clear. 

Metro Rod Gutter VAC

If you can’t reach the leaves blocking your drains and gutters, then don’t worry as Metro Rod Birmingham offers Gutter VACs. Whilst you may be able to reach your gutters to clear them it can become a dangerous job, so you can book one of engineers to come and take care of it for you as we have all the best technology for the job. Our Gutter VAC is designed to be used from the ground, so there is no risk of falling off a ladder. With a camera fitted to the equipment the engineer is able to make sure that they remove everything from your gutters to provide the most effective solution. 


Metro Rod Birmingham offer services across Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall or Dudley  and surrounding areas. Dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

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