Blocked Drains

Noticing a Blocked Drain

There are 4 main ways of noticing a blocked drain.


This is the easiest and most noticeable way so make sure to act before it’s too late.

Sink drainage

If your sink takes longer to drain away than usual this may also be a tell tale sign of a blocked drain.

Toilet drainage

If the water in your toilet rises to almost overflowing after flushing this could also be a sign of a blocked drain.


A gurgling sound is coming from the plughole that sounds unusual could very easily be a blocked drain.

Water Flowing Easily in Home Sink

Danger of Blocked Drains

A Blocked Drain is a health risk which could spread disease or pest infestation and drains that are left un-repaired could cause damage to the property in the long term.

Sewers are only designed to take away waste water, toilet tissue and human waste.

All other paper products, including kitchen roll and wet wipes, should be put in the bin.

Most blockages are caused by cooking fat and oil, which congeal in the sewers, forming a thick layer around the pipe. This prevents sewage from flowing and can cause it to back up.

Wet wipes and sanitary items also contribute to some of the most troublesome blockages.

Top tips to keep your drains flowing

Love your loo

Make sure that only wastewater, toilet tissue and human waste goes down your drains and into the sewer.

Bin it

don’t block it: Wrap up sanitary products, nappies, wet wipes and condoms and put them in the bin.


not in the sink! After cooking, fat, oil and grease should be left to cool – it can then be put in the bin or mixed with seeds and nuts to make a feeder for birds.

If disposing chemicals, solvents, engine oil and paint. These should be taken to your local refuse site.

Medicines, tablets, syringes and needles should be taken to your pharmacist, local hospital or health authority for safe disposal.