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Blocked Drains: How to Spot the Signs


There are potential warning signs of a blocked drain. We explain what to look out for and when you should contact a drain unblocking specialist. 

Water takes much longer to drain

If running your taps or shower leads to water building up quickly and taking much longer to drain, this could be a sign that you have a blocked drain. In cases of a serious blockage, you could be left with standing water that lingers in your sinks, bath or shower tray. This water may grow stagnant and unpleasant.

Strange sounds from your pipes

Gurgling or rattling sounds from your drains, plug holes, toilet flushes and pipes are another common sign of a blocked drain. These sounds are created when air trapped by the blockage is displaced and pushed up through the pipes.

Unpleasant odour

If you’ve noticed an unpleasant odour (like sewage or rotten eggs) in your kitchen or bathroom, a blocked drain is the likely culprit. The smell can be caused by bacteria build up, stagnant water, and the material that makes up the blockage beginning to rot. Bad smells can arise before there are other signs of a blocked drain, so it’s important not to ignore any new or unusual odours in your home.

Speak to the drain unblocking specialists

If left untreated, a blocked drain can overflow and cause flood damage in your home. To reduce the risk of costly repairs further down the line, it’s advisable that you contact a drain specialist as soon as possible to resolve the issue.

We have over 25 years’ experience clearing blocked drains and providing drainage services to customers in the South. We use CCTV equipment to quickly identify the issue without the need to dig up the surrounding area, before usually blasting the blockage away with high-pressure drain jetting.

If you think you’ve spotted the signs of a blocked drain, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts today on 0800 464 0430.