Blockages

Blocked drain?

When it comes to unblocking and clearing blocked drains, SPS London has all the expertise and equipment you need to get the job done quickly, professionally and with the minimum of fuss.

Signs of a blocked drain

These are some of the signs which indicate that you may have a blocked drain. If you act at this stage, you could avoid an emergency.

  • Smells: The easiest symptom to spot.
  • Sink and bath drainage: Water taking longer than usual to drain from your sink and/or bath.
  • Toilet drainage: Water levels almost overflowing after flushing.
  • Gurgling: Any unusual gurgling sounds from the plug-hole.

It’s important to act when you suspect that you have a blocked drain for a number of reasons. Overflowing sewage poses a risk to health and damaged drains can cause further damage to property in the longer term.

A word of warning

Responsibility for maintenance and repair of private sewers or lateral drains (eg: the section which joins a property directly to the main) changed in October 2011, when the Government transferred private sewers and lateral drains into the ownership of the statutory water and sewerage companies as part of the DEFRA Consultation. This means that individuals are no longer responsible for;

  • Private sewers that they share with another property owner
  • The section of their property’s drain that lies outside the property boundary.

However the householder still retains the ownership of and responsibility for the drain serving the property and located within the property boundary. Check the DEFRA website for more details.