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Common Issues for Blocked Drains in Hackney

It’s easy to spot leaks, burst pipes and blocked drains, however identifying problems as soon as possible will prevent Hackney homeowners and business owners from dealing with extensive issues. The drainage consultants at First Choice Drainage Solutions Ltd provide expert advice and offer a full inspection by conducting a CCTV drain survey. This helps us to implement long-term solutions, such as drain lining installations. Whatever level of damage you are experiencing, a plumber is available for emergency callouts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as part of our dedicated service.

Identifying the Signs

Blocked drains and sewage systems can affect the integrity of your Hackney property if left unattended. However, professional drainage consultants can provide the assistance domestic and commercial clients need to resolve any size issue from the outset.

  • Slow Draining Water – If the water takes a while to drain from your sink, bath or shower, this can indicate a blocked drain or obstruction in the pipework, especially u-bends. If drain cleaning products or using a plunger doesn’t alleviate the slow drainage, a professional plumber can investigate to see what needs to be fixed.


  • Unpleasant Odours –  Overflow drains can produce odours outside your Hackney property, which can be detected from kitchen or bathroom plug holes too. Foul, rotting smells can be a sign that waste is not being removed as it should be, resulting in blocked drains or sewers, which can lead to structural subsidence over longer periods.
  • Strange Sounds – Banging and gurgling noises from pipes, fixtures, drains or plugs can be due to air being obstructed by blockages in the system. If you’re unsure what is causing the sounds, drainage consultants can carry out a CCTV drain survey to properly assess the extent of the damage.


  • Cracked Pipes – Tree root ingress or ground movement can cause stress to pipes of your Hackney drainage system. In addition to flooded or overflowing drains, cracks without sufficient drain lining can leak, saturating the surrounding areas, creating unstable movements. Plumbers advise Hackney clients to find out if the problem is an isolated incident or whether their neighbours are affected too.

A plumber can patch repair faulty pipes or fit them with a polyester-resin based felt drain lining to protect the interior pipe from further erosion or leaks. A CCTV drain survey conducted by our certified drainage consultants will provide detailed documentation for the responsible party, such as the homeowner, business owner or the local Hackney council.

Common Causes for Blocked Drains

  • Leaves, dirt and other debris from the exterior of your Hackney property
  • Tree roots which have penetrated through the pipes
  • Accumulated hair from bathroom showers, baths or sinks
  • Household materials, such as paper towels or sanitary products
  • Accidentally flushed items, including children’s toys
  • Silt, which is a sludgy residue of sand, soil and clay particles in outdoor drains

Drains and pipes are prone to decay with age and corrosive elements, especially at older, Victorian properties with iron or pitch fibre pipework installed. Blocked drains without protective drain lining membranes crack and potentially burst or collapse.

To avoid structural damage and costly replacements in the future, a skilled plumber can fix the issues and undertake a CCTV drain survey to thoroughly check the condition of your drains. .

Whatever you are suffering from, we’ll make recommendations for long-term repairs, including drain lining and replacement pipes. You can rely on a First Choice Drainage Solutions Ltd plumber and Gas Safe engineer, boasting qualifications from the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), the National Association of Drainage Contractors 768 (NADC) and the SafeContractor Assessment Schemes.

For advice about clearing and preventing blocked drains from a professional plumber in Hackney and the surrounding areas of East London, call 01279 730 828 or 07938 677 991.

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