How To Unblock an Outside Drain

guide to unblocking outside drains

A blocked outside drain in your street can quickly become a nuisance. Not only can it affect your home, but the whole street can be affected – however not everyone will want to offer solutions for it. Calling someone out to unblock your drain can be expensive or might seem like a drastic move if you believe you can unblock it yourself. If you want to give it a go before calling the professionals, here are some simple tips to help you when unblocking outside drains by yourself!

Find out what’s causing the blockage

Most drains get blocked by debris that has fallen down from the street, which could include leaves, grease, or discarded rubbish. Once you’ve figured out what’s causing the problem you can easily determine how you will have to tackle the issue, including the tools you’ll need to unblock the drain.

Find the tools you’ll need and get started

Once you’ve decided to have a go at unblocking your outside drain yourself, you should make sure you’re wearing the proper protective clothing as well as buying or borrowing some drain rods.

From here you’ll have to remove the drain cover (probably with a screwdriver if there isn’t an accessible handle) and take a look inside the drain. If the drain chamber is filled with water then the blockage will be somewhere below it – you should be able to find the blockage by working your way along the chamber.

Make sure you’re wearing protective gloves and plunge your drain rod into the drain chamber, continuing until you can feel that you’ve dislodged the blockage. Make sure you always turn the rod in a clockwise direction slowly while pushing it deeper – don’t spin it anti-clockwise as you could end up unscrewing the drain’s plunger attachment.

After unblocking the drain manually, you can simply run some clean water through it which should rinse away any remaining debris and stop any blockages building up again in the short term. You can then turn on your taps from inside your house and let them keep running for about three minutes so that you can be sure the water is running as normal. Then, pour some bleach down the drains so that you can be certain they’re as clean as possible.

Need help with unblocking outside drains in Liverpool?

You might find that your attempts at unblocking your drain are unsuccessful – but don’t worry too much, there’s a reason professionals are on hand! If you find that you do need professional help to ensure that your drain is fully unblocked, call us today.

We’re more than happy to help you in unblocking outside drains as quickly and effectively as possible. You can get in touch with us by calling 0800 612 7953 or use the details on our contact page to reach a member of the team.

Lead Water Pipe Replacement from Budget Rod

Prior to the 1970s, it was common to have lead water pipes connecting the water from the main street to your kitchen, as the dangerous properties of lead were less understood. If you believe that you own a property that’s still using lead water pipes then there’s a possibility that lead could be contaminating your water supply – especially if you’re living in an area with soft water. To avoid any potential health risks, you should be considering a lead water pipe replacement.

Lead water pipe replacement can be vital

Here at Budget Rod, we’re professionals who can expertly remove your lead water pipes whether they’re damaged or not. Removing the water pipes before they suffer any damage will eliminate any chance of a high amount of lead entering your water supplies. We’re highly experienced in all areas of drainage and drain plumbing, including pipe replacement, so you can be confident that having your water pipes replaced by Budget Rod means you’ll be receiving quality service.

When you choose Budget Rod as the professionals to remove your lead water pipes from your home, you’ll:

  • Receive an affordable service at reasonable prices
  • Benefit from rapid call-out response times across the North West
  • Receive minimal disruption to both you and your home
  • Be guaranteed safer and healthier water without any potential health threats

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Hiring Budget Rod to remove and replace your lead water pipes

If you need your lead water pipes replaced, you don’t have to look far for the perfect company to help. We’re always available at the other end of the phone to answer your questions about water pipe replacement and we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee great response times. Get in touch through our website or by calling us on 0800 612 7953 and start your lead pipe replacement process today!

Are You Looking For Professional Drain Cleaning in Liverpool?

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Are your sinks or washing facilities taking longer than they should to drain water? Is there a bad smell coming from them? This is a sign that you may have a blockage in your drain or you need your drains cleaning before they become completely blocked. Drains can easily become clogged with leaves, debris, or dirt, causing problems with your washing facilities and inhibiting their normal function. So, if your bath is taking too long to drain, your washing machine is giving off bad smells instead of the usual lovely fresh, clean ones, and your drains are looking far less than sparkling, get in touch with us here at Budget Rod for drain cleaning in Liverpool!

Why do drains clog up?

With daily use of plumbing facilities it’s easy for drains to clog. Particularly in bathrooms where dirt, dead skin, loose hair, and soap scum are regularly drained, blockages can build up stopping the water from flowing. In kitchens, leftover food and grease are a recipe for disaster when it come to drains.

It is frustrating when your basic plumbing facilities are not functioning as they should, after all, they’re all used on a daily basis and are essential to our way of life. However,  there are certain things that you can do to keep the water flowing through your drains efficiently. Firstly, cleaning your drains regularly ensures that nothing can build up enough to cause a blockage. Trying not to overfill your toilet or sinks is another easy change to make that will lead to decreased chance of drain blockage.

Cleaning your drains can be a messy and unpleasant task and one that you may not want to do yourself, so why not hire professionals. Regular professional drain cleaning will keep your drains in working order and avoid those nasty blockages!

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Simply purchasing a plunger and some drain cleaning solution from your local shop is not sufficient for cleaning your whole drainage system. With our expertise, specialist equipment, and understanding of drainage, we’re able to do a much better job for a reasonable price!

Regular drain cleaning by professionals will keep your drain system clean, fresh, and functioning the way it should. If you believe your drains could do with a good clean make sure to call us on 0151 268 0159 today!

Do You Need Emergency Drain Unblocking?

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Blocked drains emanate unpleasant smells and prevent you from using your washing and toilet facilities. They need to be resolved immediately and having them unblocked by professionals is the best (and fastest) method of doing this. Blocked drains are a huge hassle and get in the way of daily life, however, emergency drain unblocking shouldn’t be something you dread. Here at Budget Rod we make unblocking your drains as hassle-free as possible so that you can quickly return to daily life!

My drains are blocked, what do I do?

The first signs of blocked drains may be a smell when using your water systems or the failure of your toilet or sinks being able to drain smoothly and quickly.  The responsibility of unblocking drains lies with you as the property owner, so the first step that many people take is to try and unblock their drains themselves. This is a messy and dangerous task if you’re not a professional (it’s still messy as a professional!).

Simply using a shop bought plunger for drain unblocking is not sufficient, the way we do it is by locating the manhole and using specialist equipment to unblock the drainage system. Prevent further damage and save yourself time and energy by giving the responsibility to a trained professional such as our team at Budget Rod.

How can Budget Rod help?

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The Budget Rod team are experts when it comes to drain unblocking. We have all of the knowledge and equipment to speedily remove waste from your pipes and drains. No matter the size of your pipes we can unblock them, whether it’s a small kitchen pipe or a large external terrain waste pipe.

We not only unblock drains – if a replacement is required we should also be your first port of call. From the moment we arrive at your property we get to work by finding the source of the blockage using specialist methods such as CCTV drain surveys which can check the condition of your pipes and drains and prevent further blockages in the future. We unblock and check the condition of your pipes and drains as unobtrusively as possible, so much so that
you won’t even know we’ve been. We will leave
your property clean and running smoothly.

Emergency Drain Unblocking

If you notice that your drains are blocked you should act fast. You need professionals who can be out to your property in no time ready to get to work. Luckily for you, Budget Rod specialise in emergency drain unblocking as we have super-fast call out times at affordable prices across Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, and Wrexham.

We’re called Budget Rod for a reason, as we understand that drain blockage is an inconvenience in your life and another bill to add to your list. That’s why we strive to keep our prices competitive at all times.

Don’t hesitate to give Budget Rod, leading drain specialists in the North West, a call on
0151 268 8716 if you need our emergency drain unblocking service.