Emergency Drain Clearance in Bedfordshire

What To Do If You Experience a Sewage Back Up

When we flush the toilet or drain the sink, we take it for granted that the waste water will be carried away by a sewage system and dealt with efficiently at a treatment facility. Most of the time, that’s exactly what happens, but what do you do if the sewage backs up into your home? Read on to find out about what symptoms you should look out for, and emergency drain clearance in Bedfordshire.


A sewage back up is something we all want to avoid, if at all possible. When prevention fails, Drainflow offers a prompt and efficient solution. As local blocked drain specialists in Bedfordshire, we have decades of experience in resolving issues with blocked sinks, toilets, showers, and gullies.

What Are The Symptoms of a Sewage Back Up?

A sewage back up doesn’t happen out of the blue. If you know what the symptoms are to look out for, you have a good chance of dealing with the situation before emergency drain clearance becomes necessary. The following 3 signs are a clear indication that your drains are in urgent need of attention:

  • Bubbling Drains. A bubbling toilet, sink or drain can indicate a partial blockage in the pipes. This could pose a risk of sewage backup into your home if left unresolved.
  • Slow Drainage. If your sink, shower, or toilet is slow to drain, it’s worthwhile finding out what the problem is. It could indicate a problem deep in your drainage system which needs professional attention.
  • Sewage Smell. Persistent sewage odours near sinks, toilets, or drains may signal a problem. Typically, unpleasant smells should disappear with the waste. If the smell lingers, it’s advisable to call a drain clearance expert.

What To Do In An Emergency

If you experience a sewage back up in your home, you should call for emergency drain clearance immediately. It isn’t a situation you can deal with yourself, and it could be hazardous to your health if you try to do so. Whilst waiting for a drain clearance team to arrive, turn off the water, and the electricity if it is near to the affected area.

What To Do In An Emergency

Drainflow operate 24/7. We always act promptly. Our team will be with you fast, to deal with the situation. We will locate the blockage and clear it out using high power drain jetting hoses.

How to Avoid Emergency Drain Blockages

You can minimise the risks posed by blocked drains by implementing these simple preventive measures:

  • Use a Sink Strainer. This is a filter that catches the items that can cause blocked drains. It stops food waste from going down your kitchen sink plughole, and hair or soap from washing away in your bathroom sink.
  • Don’t Put Oil or Fat Down The Sink. These are major culprits as they tend to stick to the walls of your pipes, trapping food particles and creating a blockage. Find out how you can safely recycle cooking oil.
  • Toilet Paper Only. The only thing, apart from waste, that should be flushed down the toilet is toilet paper. Anything else should go in the bin as it will cause a blockage.
  • No Chemicals in Drains. Paints, oil, solvents should be disposed of in accordance with the guidance offered on the product itself. However tempting it may be to pour them down the drain, restrain yourself.
  • Minimise Leaf Debris. External drains accumulate leaf debris in the autumn. Try to clear this away regularly. Better still, place a drain guard over it to stop the debris getting into your drain system.

About Drainflow

We are a team of local drain clearance professionals offering comprehensive drain services, including emergency drain clearance in Bedfordshire. With 20 years of experience, we have grown our fleet of specialised vehicles and built a loyal customer base. We offer arrange of drain clearance services in Bedfordshire, including CCTV drain surveys, drain jetting, sink unblocking and toilet unblocking.


Drainflow provides emergency drain clearance in Bedfordshire. Prompt response, 24/7 – no callout fees – 01525 718500