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Tips for Clearing Blocked Drains in Clerkenwell

We offer domestic and commercial clients in Clerkenwell with useful tips on how to check and clear blocked drains at their property. Sometimes the issue can be resolved with a quick DIY fix, however our drainage consultants are available 24/7. At First Choice Drainage Solutions Ltd, we supply clients with advice and a professional plumber to carry out a wide-range of extensive repairs, such as installing drain lining membranes, following a CCTV drain survey for complex cases.

Guide to Clearing Blocked Drains

1. Find the Source


When Clerkenwell clients are suffering from blocked drains, it can be easy to spot the signs to locate where the blockage is coming from. Sinks, baths or showers that drain very slowly or plug holes which are accompanied by a foul, rotting smell are clear indicators. Before calling a qualified plumber, we suggest the following:


  • Switching off the appliance and water at the power source
  • Putting on protective clothing, such as gloves and goggles
  • Checking pipes or exterior drains, which can be uncovered using drain rods


If you are unable to locate the source of the problem to carry out a visual inspection, our drainage consultants are more than happy to help. We’ll use a CCTV drain survey which involves inserting a fibre optic camera into your drainage system to take a closer look. This will show clear images of blocked drains to determine the best removal solution and if drain lining is required.

2. Choosing the Right Equipment


Blocked drains can be unclogged by homeowners and business owners in Clerkenwell using the following tools:


  • Drain snakes are typically a 50-foot long metal cable with an auger on the end of it, which attaches to clogged items so they can be pulled out and removed using a hand-operated, twisting motion
  • Drain rods, usually made from steel or polypropylene, are ideal to unclog blocked drains with vertical pipes. Drain rods can be attached together, enabling them to stretch to longer distances for breaking up and retrieving clogged items


Alternatively, a plumber can conduct a CCTV drain survey to decide what equipment is best suited to the job, such as mechanical or electrical power tools or high-pressure water jets.

3. Remove Clogs and Wash Away Debris


Once Clerkenwell DIY clients have broken up the clogs or removed the debris, drains and pipes should be flushed with water, which is effective using a hose or high-pressure jet system. The removal and flushing process may need to be done multiple times as blocked drains with silt and sludge can collect further down your pipes.

4. Check the Condition of Your Pipes


If the water flows smoothly and the issues appear to be fixed, Clerkenwell clients may still need further assistance from a skilled plumber, especially if they have noticed regular blockages occurring. At First Choice Drainage Solutions Ltd, our drainage consultants will properly check the condition of your pipes using a CCTV drain survey. This will highlight if there is any extensive work needed, including drain lining fittings or replacement pipes, to prevent future, costly problems arising.

Our Professional Service

  • We provide a Gas Safe engineer and plumber to complete any size job
  • Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency callouts
  • Our drainage consultants will carry out an initial site inspection
  • We use modern equipment, including CCTV drain survey technology to check blocked drains and the condition of the pipes at your Clerkenwell property
  • Our team carries out a range of solutions, including rodding, high-pressure water jetting and drain lining installations

For more advice on blocked drains from our drainage consultants in Clerkenwell and the East London area, call 01279 730 828 or 07938 677 991.

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