Blocked Drain Outside House

Clearing a Blocked Drain Outside Your House

A blocked drain is never a pleasant thing for householders to deal with – but if it’s inside, at least you know it’s your problem. When the blocked drain is outside your house there’s the added uncertainty of whether or not it’s your responsibility. At Drainflow we see too many blocked drains left to get worse, simply because no-one makes the move to get it cleared.

A blocked drain, whether it’s inside or outside, needs to be dealt with fast. Otherwise a small blockage can turn into a major problem to deal with. There’s a simple way to determine whether a drain belongs to you. If it’s within the boundary of your property, it’s a private drain and your responsibility. If it’s outside the boundary of your property you may want to alert your local council to the problem.


How Do I Know If an Outside Drain is Blocked?

There are two clear indications that your outside drain is blocked. The first is a bad smell emanating from it, indicating that waste matter is trapped and needs clearing. The second is standing water around the drain. Again, this demonstrates that there’s nowhere for the water to drain away, suggesting that your pipe is blocked somewhere in the system.

Can I Clear a Blocked Drain Outside My House?

We wouldn’t recommend attempting DIY on a blocked drain. Clearing outside drains is a dirty job and it requires specialist equipment to first locate the blockage, then flush it out. If you want a solution quickly and efficiently, call out a professional team who’ll diagnose and clear the obstruction for you. And when the Drainflow team complete a drain clearance job, you’re guaranteed that the problem’s solved.

How Does Drainflow Clear Blocked drains Outside?

One way we don’t clear blocked drains outside is by digging up your garden! It’s one of the questions we get asked regularly, and we can promise that we’ll leave your flower beds and lawns intact. Instead we use a range of technology to first locate and then clear blocked drains in Bedfordshire:

  • CCTV Drain Survey. Remote controlled HD ‘crawler cameras’ are sent into the drain system. They send back live images to the surface, allowing Drainflow engineers to pinpoint the blockage.
  • Drain Jetting. High pressure hoses send water jets in excess of 3000 psi into your drain to clear the blockage. The force of the water jets is sufficient to dislodge obstacles, clear encrusted material, and loosen debris.
  • Surface Water Drainage. If your drain has become blocked, you may experience local flooding as a result. This needs to be drained away in order to avoid long-term damage to buildings in the vicinity.
  • Drain Repair. If your drains require repair, we’ll use ‘no dig’ technology. This is achieved with either drain patching, or re-lining using CCTV technology to make the repairs.

Drainflow is a Bedford Drain Company

Drainflow is a leading provider of fast and efficient clearance for blocked drains in Bedford and surrounding areas. We don’t charge call-out fees. Instead, our engineer will be with you asap. Once an assessment has taken place, they’ll provide a free no obligation quote, there and then. In the vast majority of cases, we clear blocked drains in Bedfordshire on our first visit.


Drainflow is a Bedford drain company with a reputation for clearing drains fast. And we’re available 24/7. So give us a call today on 01525 718500