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Call Drainflow Day or Night for Drainage Emergencies

Drain emergencies can strike at any time, without warning, and the consequences can be disastrous for your home or business. Unlike other plumbing issues, drainage problems don’t adhere to a regular schedule, and that’s why at Drainflow offers a 24 hour drain service, ready to tackle any crisis that arises.

While the immediate impact of a drainage emergency can be overwhelming and disruptive, it’s important to understand that these issues often develop gradually over weeks or months. This is why we’ve put together this guide to help you navigate drainage emergencies with confidence and prevent them from happening in the first place.

Drainflow is your trusted partner for 24/7 drain clearance services across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and North London. With over a decade of experience, our goal is to help customers prevent drain blockages and resolve them efficiently when they do occur.


What is a Drainage Emergency?

Drains are intricate systems that operate discreetly, ensuring waste water flows smoothly out of your home and into storm or sewer pipes. If you notice any signs of trouble with this system, it’s crucial to treat it as an emergency and call our expert drain clearance services. Our drainage engineers will promptly assess the situation and determine the most appropriate course of action:

  • Burst or dripping pipes. It’s important that you get these problems dealt with at immediately and the leak could cause significant damage.
  • Drains that are flooding. Sinks or toilets that won’t drain are clear signs of a blockage that requires immediate attention.
  • Lower water pressure than usual. This could be a sign of a burst water main nearby or a broken pipe in your drainage system.
  • Strong unpleasant odours and slow drainage in sinks. This points to a blockage that needs prompt attention to avoid further complications.
  • Ineffective toilet flushes. Water rising in the toilet bowl, or a weak flushing action suggests a clog in the sewer line.
  • Puddles or waterlogging in your lawn. These are clear signs of a blockage in your drainage system that needs immediate investigation and resolution.

Emergency Unblocking Drains Service

Many people don’t consider a blocked drain to be an emergency, but failing to address it promptly can lead to significant drainage issues in the future. Instead of resorting to chemical drain unblockers, which can exacerbate the problem, we strongly advise calling in drainage experts to take a look.

Our experienced drainage engineers will swiftly diagnose the problem and clear the blockage efficiently if it’s localised. However, if the blockage lies deeper within the drainage system, they’ll employ a CCTV drain survey to locate it and use powerful drain jetting hoses to restore the flow of water.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to dealing with a drainage emergency:

  1. Assess the Situation. Carefully observe the symptoms and determine the severity of the blockage.
  2. Call a Professional. Contact Drainflow’s 24 hour drain service. Our experts will prioritise your call and arrive promptly to address the issue.
  3. Minimise Water Usage. Limit water usage until the blockage is cleared to prevent further damage.
  4. Turn Off Main Water Supply. If you know where your stopcock is, and it’s accessible to you, turn off the main water supply to your property to prevent further flooding or damage.

By following these steps, you can effectively handle a drainage emergency and prevent it from causing further disruption or damage to your home or business.


5 Tips For Minimising the Risk of Drainage Emergencies

However well you manage a drainage emergency, avoiding them altogether is obviously the preferable option. Here’s the Drainflow team’s top tips for keeping emergencies to an absolute minimum:

1. Prevent Grease and Fat Buildup.

Grease and fat are major culprits of clogged drains. Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain after cooking. Instead, pour it into a container, allow it to cool and solidify, then throw it away in the bin. Commercial kitchens should use a designated grease trap to collect grease and dispose of it properly.

2. Dispose of Food Waste Properly.

Food scraps, such as vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, or scraps from plates can easily clog drains. Avoid washing food scraps down the sink. A drain guard or filter, places over your plughole, traps food before it disappears into your drain and it an excellent investment.

3. Take Care What You Flush.

Toilets should be used to flush waste and toilet paper away, nothing else. Sanitary products and toilet wipes can easily clog your drains and cause flooding of the toilet bowl. If you’re unsure whether to flush something down the toilet, dispose of it in some other way.

4. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals.

While chemical drain openers may seem like a quick fix for a clogged drain, they can be highly corrosive and damage pipes in the long run. Instead, try using natural remedies like boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar to clear minor clogs. For more severe blockages, contact a professional drain cleaner.

5. Regular Drain Cleaning and Inspection.

Schedule regular preventative maintenance of your drainage system. Professional CCTV drain surveys can help to diagnose and address potential problems early on, preventing major blockages and emergencies.


In an Emergency, Call Drainflow First

The Drainflow team uses skilled drain clearance engineers, and state-of-the art technology to diagnose drainage problems in homes and workplaces and clear the problem fast. Our drain clearance vehicles are always fully stocked, so we can deal with drainage emergencies immediately. Best of all, we don’t charge call-out fees; instead, we offer a no obligation quote once we know what the problem is.


If you need a 24 hour drain service for your residential or commercial drains, call Drainflow on 01525 718500