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31st October 2021


Metro Rod Stoke want to get in the Halloween spirit and tell you about some of the scary things that could be found lurking down your drains.

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Blocked drains are a common occurrence for all properties around the country, and normally they can be explained through very normal causes. However there have been instances where upon investigating, what is down the drain is not as you would think. 

Giant Fatberg 

Fatbergs are a common problem for drains and can usually be solved with some boiling water or a quick drain unblocking. For a fatberg in London this was not the case. A fatberg was found in the city’s sewers measuring 250 metres long and weighing the same as 19 African elephants. It was a huge mass of rotting materials that shouldn’t have been flushed down the drain, that had solidified and become stuck blocking the pipes.

An American Civil War Cannonball 

This wasn’t found in the UK, but in Indiana USA, a Civil War Cannonball was found in an underground sewer. It was found during a cleaning out of the pipes and is assumed to have been fired by a Union Gunboat during a conflict with the Confederates over a Cotton Mill. It is now in a local museum and shows how important drain work can be!

A Sheep

In Surrey some drainage engineers found an unlikely resident in the drains, a sheep! It had clearly wandered off from the rest and had managed to make its way into the drains to live. It was healthy and alone and was soon reunited with the rest of the flock. It’s not every day we find a sheep down the drain.

An Alligator 

In New York, USA, there is an urban legend that the city’s sewers are full of alligators, people were led to believe that baby alligators were often bought as pets before they realised they were dangerous reptiles. They were then flushed down the drains, where they can now breed and thrive in the sewers. Whilst scientists insist that the conditions of the drains would not allow for the alligators to live for long, one was found in East Harlem in 1935 down a manhole, how it got there, no one knows.

As you can see a lot of strange and wonderful things have been found lurking down drains which goes to show how important drainage work can be. If you have any drainage problems or need some drainage maintenance then Metro Rod Stoke should be your first point of call. 


Metro Rod Stoke offers services across Stoke-On-Trent, Stafford, Wolverhampton & Worcester, from 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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