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25th September 2020


As always its very important that you notice what is going down your drains, if not it can lead to annoying problems that you don’t want to deal with. 

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Blocked drains can be caused a number of different things normally ranging from wet wipes, bits of food and fats and grease. But occasionally we can find something a bit more out of the ordinary. We are going to share with you some of the strange things we’ve heard about that have been found stuck in drains and sewers. 

Half a Mini Car 

In 2014 half of a Mini car was found discarded in a London Sewer, it is quite amazing that half a car was able to fit in the sewers as well as wondering who would have put it down there. But just goes to show that a Mini can fit into the smallest spaces! 

An American Civil War Cannonball 

This wasn’t found in the UK, but in Indiana 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!

People found living in sewers

Las Vegas, the city where you can probably find just about anything, including people living in sewers. Part of the Las Vegas sewers have been turned into an underground home for around 1000 people. The homeless community that are now living there have certainly made a home for themselves, collecting discarded furniture and finding a way to live underground. However this is very dangerous as well as unhygienic, there is a big risk of flooding that could jeopardise them all especially as it would be very dark with no natural light. 

Piranhas Found in Midlands Sewer

Severn Trent Water found a number of large piranha fish I the sewers of Shropshire, in what appears to be a resident flushing the dead fish down the toilet. It was discovered after a member of the public reported a strong fishy smell coming from the drain. Considering the fish was about 10 inches long its quite surprising it was even able to get down the drains.

While all of these surprising blockages are very rare to come across, you can never be too careful and if you find yourself with a blocked drain and don’t know what to do or you just can’t get rid of it then don’t worry. Metro Rod Nottingham have a team of highly capable engineers who will be able to diagnose the problem in your drains and solve it for you. 


Metro Rod Nottingham & Derby offer services 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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