Whose responsibility is it to unblock my drains?

A blockage can be caused by many things. Before you begin to attempt to unblock it yourself, it is a good idea to know where the root cause of the blockage is. It may be that the blockage is not on your property, but in the public sewer, in which case it is the responsibility of your local water board to get it unblocked.

Who is responsible for clearing a blocked drainThe first way to establish the location of the blockage is to consult with your neighbours. If they are experiencing similar issues to you then it is likely that the drainage problem is somewhere in the public sewerage system, in which case someone will need to contact your local water board in order for the problem to be fixed. However, if none of the surrounding houses are having the same problems, then it is likely that the blockage is somewhere on your property, in which case you will need to arrange for the drain to be unblocked yourself. You can attempt to unblock it yourself, but we highly recommend calling our team at Blocked Drain Bristol to do it for you as they come with years of experience and knowledge in the industry, and can guarantee you the highest standard of service, so you can rest assured that your drains are being taken care of by a professional.

In order to avoid your drains blocking in the first place, it is important to know what preventative steps you can take. The most common cause of blockages is foreign objects entering the drainage system by being incorrectly disposed of. Fatty or greasy food substances are more likely to stick to the walls of the drains and will not be flushed away easily. These sorts of blockages can become very big problems if they are left ignored and if food waste is continually washed away down the sinks. Make sure to dispose of this waste in the bin to stop it from clogging up your kitchen sink’s pipes.

Toilets can also become easily blocked if objects are flushed away when they should have been thrown in the bin. Items like nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items do not break down at the same speed as other waste like toilet paper, and will have a much harder time making their way down the drain systems. They can very easily become blocked, and since they are much larger objects it does not take long for them to clog up the drains, so it is very important to properly dispose of these items in the bin.

While many blockages are inevitable, no blockage will go away on its own so no matter what the cause is it is important to act as quickly as possible to avoid the blockage from growing in size and strength. If it is left ignored it can become much tougher to dislodge and a more powerful and expensive method will be required to clear it. You may also find yourself with more damage to your drains, as the pressure from a blockage can cause a drain to crack and even burst in which case your property would likely become flooded. Call your drain technician to help you with your block issue. Flooding is a major problem that poses a serious health risk to you and everyone living at your property because of all the bacteria in the wastewater. Avoid flooding by taking precautionary steps to look after your drains before it spirals out of control.