Blocked drains produce foul-smelling odours and can cause the outside of your home to flood. If left untreated, they can compromise both human health and the structural integrity of your property.
Many people are unsure as to who is responsible for fixing blocked outside drains. As a general rule, if the outside drain blockage is located within the boundaries of your property, you are responsible for fixing it. Repairs often prove costly, which is why it’s important to do everything you can to prevent a blocked outside drain in advance.
As drain unblocking specialists with 25 years of industry experience, we’ve shared five easy tips you can follow to keep your drains in the best possible condition. However, if you’re worried about your outdoor drains or are looking for additional reassurance, we’d highly recommend taking advantage of our free CCTV drain survey, complete with a six-month warranty.
Install Drain Covers
Also known as grid guards, drain covers are fitted over the opening in your water drains to prevent leaves, twigs, mud and other debris from entering and clogging your pipes. Installing drain covers is one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways of ensuring that your outdoor drains are protected from blockages.
Remove Leaves from Your Garden
It’s no secret that autumn produces a lot of leaves – the number one enemy when it comes to blocked drains. It may be tiresome, but regularly removing leaves from your garden will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run, whether you prefer to use a leaf blower or a traditional rake. Make sure to remove the leaves completely using a gardening waste bin to prevent them from blowing back.
Remove Debris by Hand
If you notice any debris in or around your drains, remove it immediately. What looks like a couple of leaves can soon turn into a large blockage, threatening the integrity of your home. We highly recommend using rubber gloves to do this so that you can maintain hygiene levels.
Use A Pressure Hose
If you’re looking to take prevention that one step further, you might like to wash your gutters with a pressure hose on a regular basis to prevent build-up. If you’re not confident using a ladder, it may be a good idea to call in the professionals to tackle this for you. At Cotswolds Drainage, we also offer a CCTV survey service that allows you to examine the state of your drains over time, so you’ll know exactly when to take out the pressure hose, whether you want to do it yourself or prefer us to take care of it for you.
Regularly Check Your Drains
As mentioned above, checking your drains on a regular basis can help to prevent build-up. Our CCTV survey service is available from £98 plus VAT – saving you a lot of money in the long term compared to the potential costs of drainage repairs. We’ll come out to your site and conduct a survey for free as part of our regular callout service, so it’s worth getting in touch.
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We hope the points shared above help you to keep your drains clean and healthy. If you’re also interested in finding out how to keep your indoor drains working as efficiently as possible, you might like to read our blog on the ten common causes of blocked drains, where we share tips on how to prevent potential blockages and damage. However, for the best possible peace of mind when it comes to your drains, we’d always recommend taking advantage of our CCTV monitoring service.