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When drains are damaged they need to be repaired quickly. Metro Rod engineers are on hand with the skills and equipment needed to get your drains repaired effectively and as cost-efficiently as possible.


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For a free no-obligation quote or advice on your drainage problem and drain repairs, get in touch using the buttons below.

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    Our experts are in your area and ready to respond. Click here to find your nearest drainage specialist.
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    There’s no good time for an emergency, but our engineers are on hand to help, day or night. Call us on 0800 66 88 00
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    Your problem is our priority, and with engineers only an hour's drive away from 85% of commercial properties we can provide a speedy response.
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    Our highly qualified engineers put you and your business first to provide you with exceptional service.
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    40 years of proven technical ability
    Our decades of experience mean we're experts in maintaining your drains with a wealth of technical knowledge to resolve any problem.

Experts in No-dig Drain Repairs

When your drains become damaged, you need to get them repaired as quickly as possible to prevent further damage or issues later on down the line. At Metro Rod we specialise in commercial and domestic drain repairs, to help you get your drainage system back in working order. 

How Do I Know If My Drains Are Damaged?

Being able to diagnose drain issues correctly is vital to ensuring that your drains can be effectively repaired to safeguard against future problems. Although it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a drain that is simply blocked and one that is damaged and in need of drain repairs, there are a few tell-tale signs that are indicative that your drain may need a drain repair. Core problems that may indicate a damaged drain in need of drain repairs include:

  • The drain is continuously blocked despite repeated attempts to unblock it 
  • The drain omits a bad odour that can be indicative of a blockage or build-up in the pipes 
  • The drainpipes are noticeably leaking or have visible damage, or cracks, along the pipes 
  • There is damp or mould rising through the walls and concrete floor of the property. This can result in larger issues down the line, including subsidence. 
  • The land on top of the drain is soft underfoot or has become marshy. 
  • There is reflux coming from the drains, or sewage is getting backed up through the system.  
  • There are signs of a pest, rodent, or insect infestation which could be due to pipe damage creating an entrance way to the system. 


If you believe that your drains are exhibiting any of the above conditions then it is important to get an expert to inspect them as quickly as possible in case they need a drain repair. Carrying out a CCTV drain survey can quickly identify the route of any drain problems.

Experts in Drain Repair

Here at Metro Rod, we are experts in a wide variety of drain repairs and drain repair techniques. Using highly specialised CCTV equipment, we can conduct full drain surveys to inspect the damaged drain and understand the cause of the problem. We are then able to suggest a permanent drain repair solution to repair the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. This may be removing debris or a blockage with high-pressure water jetting, or it may include relining the drain or repairing a cracked pipe.


What Are Our Drain Repair Methods?

As long-standing drain repair experts, we use reliable drain repair techniques to leave drainage systems running smoothly again. These drain repair methods are designed to help you find a solution that suits your needs. 

Patch Drain Repairs

Where there is a pipe that has been cracked, the best method of drain repair available is often to use a drain patch. We offer a range of patch drain repairs to suit all drain diameters. Drain patches allow us to fix a pipe from the inside by sealing it with a patch designed for effective and discrete drain repair. The patch helps support the lining, filling any cracks or fractures that could be causing damage to the drain. 

Applying a patch repair is often preferred by professionals as it offers one of the least disruptive, and efficient, methods of drain repair. 

No-Dig and Trenchless Drain Repair

Unfortunately, it is all too common that businesses and homeowners alike, often delay getting their drains repaired as they are concerned about potential disruption. Leaving a drain in a state of disrepair can then lead to further damage and costs for more extensive drain repairs later on down the line.

The great news is that getting your drains reviewed and repaired doesn’t need to be disruptive. Here at Metro Rod, we are experts in no-dig and trenchless drain repair. To conduct these forms of non-disruptive drain repairs, we use a live feed camera to guide tools down the pipe. Using the best available technology, it is then possible to repair the drain without the need to dig up any land or expose the pipe. 

Through using the correct materials, it is possible to offer a reliable drain fix, with minimal disruption to day-to-day life. 

Read more about our pipe lining drain repairs.

Full Drain Repair

In the rare occasion that a drain does need to be excavated to be repaired, you can rest assured in knowing that we will always conduct the repair as efficiently as possible. Our highest priority is our customers and ensuring that we can conduct our repair in a way that is convenient for you. It is for this reason that our highly trained engineers will cause as little disruption as possible throughout the drain repair.

You can read our expert advice on patch repairs and drain excavation if you want to know more about how we can repair your drains. 

Call Your Local Drain Repair Experts

At Metro Rod, we pride ourselves on being able to offer you a friendly and professional service. We care just as much about your drainage requirements as you do and it is because of this that we offer a 24hr drain service, 7 days a week, every day of the year. With depots all around the country, we are well-positioned to repair your drains when you need it most. All our local Metro Rod depots have the equipment and the expertise to deliver our full range of drain repair services. 

Click to find your local depot or call us on 0800 66 88 00 at the first sign of a damaged drain.

Drain Repair FAQs

What Can Cause My Drain to be Damaged and Need Repair?

There are several potential ways that a drain can sustain damage and need repair. Drains can become damaged through growing tree roots, ground movement over time or through non-flushable items being disposed of and the build-up of fat, oil and grease or scale. No matter how your drain has become damaged, here at Metro Rod we can help you find a solution to get your drains repaired and back in working order in no time.

How Can I Tell If My Drain is Damaged?

Depending on where your drain is and how it has become damaged several potential symptoms may be noticeable. These include foul odours being emitted from the drain, the drain continuously re-blocking after being unblocked and noticeable leaks or damp around pipes. If the drain is outdoors, the ground may become muddy or marshy around where a pipe is, and that could be indicative of drain damage that’s in need of repair. If you notice any of those problems then call Metro Rod today on 0800 66 88 00 to find out how we can repair your drain.

Do Drains Need to be Excavated to be Repaired?

Where there is serious damage to drain segments there may be a need to have the pipe excavated, however, most of the time drains do not need to be excavated to repair them. Several techniques can be employed to repair drains using specialist drain repair tools instead of excavating the drains. These tools enable the drain to be repaired from the inside out using techniques such as trenchless drain repair and drain patch repair in a quick and efficient manner.

If you spot any drain issues that you think may need excavation or repair then call Metro Rod today on 0800 66 88 00 to find out how we can repair your drain and if it can be done without excavation.

How Much Does Drain Repair Cost?

At Metro Rod, we specialise in efficient drain repairs that are designed to be as effective as possible, saving you money long term. How much an individual drain repair costs can vary depending on the extent of the damage on the pipe and whether excavation is needed. You can contact one of our engineers today to discuss your potential drain repairs on 0800 66 88 00.

Are Drain Repairs Covered by Insurance?

Buildings insurance policies often cover accidental damage to drains belonging to the policyholder. Some common examples are: If a blockage is caused by root growth or broken drains, which may have been caused by subsidence. For drain blockages and damage, we recommend taking advice from a local expert such as Metro Rod, who can advise on the most competitive and least disruptive repair options, providing a FOC quote.

It is worth noting that building insurance policies often have exclusions around drainage. For example, some insurers won’t pay claims where the underground drainpipes are made from pitch-fibre, used commonly in the 1950s and 1960s, but now regarded as intrinsically defective.

Who Is Responsible For Repairing Drains?

Generally, the responsibility for repairing drains lies with the landlord where the drains are within the boundary of the property. This can vary though, depending on the type of property detached houses typically do not share sewers so the drains within the property’s boundary are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Conversely, in terraced houses with shared sewers, the homeowner is only responsible for the drain until it reaches a point that is shared by other properties. Finally, in blocks of flats or apartments, the tenant or flat owner is responsible for the drains within the flat. The building owner or property management company is then responsible for the drains up to the block’s/property’s boundary.

Any drains beyond property boundaries, whichever type of property you live in, are typically the responsibility of the water company serving your area.

How Do You Repair A Drain?

Drains can be repaired in a variety of ways, with and without excavation. At Metro Rod, we use modern and cost-effective techniques, including localised (patch) drain repairs and other full-length no-dig drain repairs. Both techniques use a sleeve impregnated with resin which is inflated inside the pipe. The repair is then cured by ambient air, hot water or UV light, and the inflation device is removed to provide a seamless structural repair.

If you spot any drain issues that you think may need repair, call Metro Rod today on 0800 66 88 00 to find out how we can repair your drain.

How Do I Know If I Have A Shared Drain?

The most accurate way to know if you have a shared drain is through a drain survey, this is typically carried out by a drain professional with specialist CCTV equipment to give you the full picture of your drainage system.

Here at Metro Rod our CCTV drain surveys use bespoke iTouch technology to offer the most accurate and in-depth footage and reports, allowing us to help you fully investigate your drainage system.

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