Drain Unblocking

If you’ve got a blocked drain, our expert engineers are on hand to fix the problem and get your system back in working order.

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Experts in Drain Unblocking

Blocked drains whether, at home, work or in an industrial environment can cause serious disruption to your day. At Metro Rod, our professional drain unblocking service can deal with the problem quickly and efficiently with no call out charge.

With 43 depots across the UK, we are uniquely positioned to help you with any drainage issues and can be on-site within hours. We provide our drain unblocking service 24/7, 365 days of the year and can respond to emergency callouts whenever you need us.

Signs of a Blocked Drain

There are several tell-tale signs to look out for with blocked drains. These signs may be indicative that something is clogging your pipes and could potentially cause a bigger issue at a later date. Signs you may have a blockage include:

  • Glugging plugholes
  • Rising water in the toilet after you flush
  • Bathroom facilities that are emptying very slowly
  • Reflux from your pipes and plugs
  • Bad smells coming from drains
  • Overflowing manholes and gullies

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms then it could be a sign that you have a blocked drain, and it is important to get an expert to inspect your drains as quickly as possible. Unblocking a blocked drain when it first becomes an issue means it is possible to prevent further damage caused by build-up within the pipe.

What Causes Blocked Drains?

Blocked drains are a common problem and one that can often be rectified with the right equipment at hand. Typically there are three types of issue that can cause congestion in your pipes, these include:

  • A build-up of fat, grease and oils that once cooled, solidify and can cause a build-up within the system. This restricts water flow and can even seal off the pipe.
  • A build-up of non-flushable items including wet wipes, nappies, q-tips and other non-flushable items which build up and restrict the flow of water.
  • External factors, such as tree roots, causing damage to pipes. In extreme cases, they can even cause the pipes to collapse.

As well as being inconvenient, blockages can lead to any number of larger problems later on down the line. Build-up in your drain can cause slow water drainage whilst serious cases can lead to damage in the pipes. At Metro Rod, we have developed a series of drain unblocking techniques that can help remove even the toughest of pipe blockages.

If you’re looking to educate your staff or customers on what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the drain. Our free “Only Flush the 3 Ps (Pee, Poo and Paper)” toilet door poster can help. Find out more and download the poster.

Drain Unblocking Techniques

At Metro Rod, we have the skills and equipment to provide a variety of drain unblocking techniques ideal for businesses and commercial units that require a drain unblocking service, as well as for homes. The techniques we use include high-pressure drain jetting and electro-mechanical cleaning. We also specialise in preventative measures to help safeguard your business and home against blockages in future and can provide you with a drain maintenance service plan.

If the blockage is caused by a wider issue, such as by a collapsed pipe or tree roots interfering with the drainage system, then it may be necessary for us to investigate further. In such cases we are able to help repair the drain or remove roots using robotic cutting. No matter what your drainage needs, Metro Rod are here to help.

Our goal at Metro Rod is to help you keep your drains clean and clear, and your drainage running as smoothly as possible. Through using the above techniques it is possible to unblock your drain quickly and efficiently, using the most effective tool or technique for the job.

Experts in Unblocking Drains

Here at Metro Rod, we are experts in drain unblocking and pipe repair services. No matter where the drain is located or what the problem is, we can help keep your system running smoothly and minimise the disruption to your business or home.

We care about keeping your drains running smoothly. So, if you’re faced with a blocked system and need it seeing to urgently, we are here to help. With over 40 depots throughout the UK, your local engineer is never too far away and available 24/7/365.

Get in touch with your local Metro Rod depot to book a free site visit or call us on 0800 66 88 00.

Drain Unblocking FAQs

Do you do 24 hour call-outs?

Yes. We have based our service around your convenience and are available whenever you have a blocked drain that needs attention. This means we can help you with your drainage problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

When is a drain blockage my responsibility?

If you are a homeowner, you are responsible for drains that are within the boundary of your property that is solely used by your property. This means you are responsible for all of your toilets, sinks and any pipes attached to your baths or showers. Outside of the boundaries of your property the maintenance of the pipes falls to the sewage or water company.

If you are a business owner, in rented or shared premises, the responsibility for the drains and pipes in the property boundaries lies with the landlord or property management company (dependent on the terms of the lease). However, if you own the premises yourself, then it is your responsibility as the business owner to maintain all pipes within the boundaries of the property.

Do store bought drain unblockers work?

Store-bought unblockers and drain cleaners work to some degree; however, they are not as thorough as a professional unblocking service. Most drain cleaners work by being poured down the drains and this can help reduce some build-up where grease, oil, or fats have built-up around the edge of the pipes. However, drain cleaners are unlikely to fully clear your drain and can lead to further build up later on down the line.

A professional service can remove blockages and fully clean blocked pipes to leave your water running smoothly and waste emptying correctly.

Can Metro Rod unblock indoor and outdoor drains?

Yes. We can unblock both indoor and outdoor drains. We have drain unblocking techniques that can work on both indoor and outdoor drainage systems to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible.

When might a CCTV drain survey be needed?

CCTV drain surveys can be a fantastic diagnostic tool for determining the health of the inside of a drain. For serious blockages, we may recommend a CCTV drain survey to ensure that there is no damage to the pipes.

How do I prevent blockages from reoccurring?

The majority of blockages that occur within drainage systems happen due to items or substances that are flushed or poured down the drain. Being mindful of what is flushed is one of the best ways to prevent blockages from reoccurring. If your pipes have suffered from fat or grease deposits, then professional drain cleaning will help prevent reoccurring build-up by completely removing the deposits from the drain. Finally, regular cleaning will also help prevent build-up, keeping your drains cleaner for longer.

How much does a professional drain unblocking service cost?

How much professional drain unblocking costs depends on the size of the blockage, the type of service needed, and how long it will take to get the drain back in working order. To discuss your requirements please feel free to contact us using the form above, or call us on 0800 66 88 00.

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