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In the first instance you might want to try and unblock the system yourself, so follow our step by step guide below
If the blockage is inside your property, try and unblock the sink, toilet pan or plughole using a plunger.
Plungers can be bought for as little as £6 and drainage rods with plunger attachment can be bought at most hardware or DIY stores with prices starting around £12.
If the blockage is in a sink or plughole, you could try an over the counter dissolvent available at supermarkets, which may be able to dissolve the grime, soap, oils etc.
If this does not work and you think the blockage is outside the property make sure, in the first instance, you are responsible for the drain and it is within the curtilage of your property.
Generally speaking, you are usually responsible for drains inside the boundaries or curtilage of your property, while the sewerage company is responsible for lateral drains, which are outside of property boundaries, and sewers. Although most sewers are now publicly owned, there are still some private or unadopted sewers. If your property is served by one of these, you may be responsible for maintaining it.
For more information we recommend the Citizens Advice Bureau website
Try using drain rods and a detachable plunger externally (usually via a manhole cover within your property boundary). If you decide to try and unblock the drain without a specialist, make sure you attach the drain rods firmly together and always turn the rod clockwise when attempting to plunge or unblock.
Many a plumber will tell you that whilst attempting to unblock a drain the rods and plunger head can unscrew quite easily if they are not tightly connected or you try to twist them anti-clockwise.
If this does not work, we recommend you contact a tradesman or specialist company as they have a number of solutions they can apply to solve the problem.
Depending on where the blockage is occurring, and after having undertaken a full assessment, there are a number of options
However, prevention is better than cure.
We have listed the top 5 issues that cause drains to block so you can try and prevent or minimise any problems
Fatbergs in the sewerage system can cause flooding in homes
3. Hair in plugholes being pushed down and swilled away rather than removed. We recommend using a plug filter which can be bought for as little as £2.
4. Broken or damaged pipework as a result of wear, tear and age but it can also be the result of other building work, renovations or maintenance taking place when other trades people are unaware of the layout of the drainage system.
5. Tree root ingress damaging pipes and drainage systems, as well as causing flooding issues and other structural damage
5 tips to minimise problems and deal with minor blocked drain issues:
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