Much like the motorway, you probably do not notice when it is all working well: waste water flows away, fresh water flows in and your home and household are happy, hydrated and hygienic. It is only when there is a problem that your busy life grinds to a halt, interrupted by unwanted floods of water – or worse! – blockages, or terrible smells. We need constant access to good sanitation in order to stay healthy, so any problems with your drainage will need to be sorted as soon as possible. This is where we come in!
When you pull out your bath or sink plug, you may notice that the water takes a longer time than usual to exit, leaving you waiting long minutes to rinse it out. This is caused when debris begins to build up in the pipes, narrowing the egress through which the water goes and lengthening the time the process will take.
The build-up of debris, especially old food fragments and fatty deposits, can cause awful smells to waft out of your drains as they begin to decompose – something that happens surprisingly quickly. You may notice flies accumulating around open drains, or even find rats beginning to appear, unless you act quickly to eliminate the problem.
Water always tries to obey the pull of gravity and a fair amount of plumbing uses downpipes to help waste water on its way to wherever it is going, usually the sewage plant to be purified and have contaminants removed. This can mean that when water is trapped in pipes, it can make rather odd noises as it slowly trickles and oozes its way past blockages. If you notice extra loud gurgles, burping sounds and trickling noises when there should not be any, you may be getting the first warnings of a blockage building up, and it can be worth checking out sooner, rather than later.
When a toilet flushed, a certain quantity of water is introduced into the bowl, swirling around to pick up any organic matter and then rushing it down the waste water pipe and away from embarrassment. The water level following a flush tends to return to a normal, fairly low, level quite rapidly – if it does not, then you possibly have a blockage somewhere along the pipe.
While No1PHD is ready and waiting for your call, you do not have to call us out straight away. First of all, with a bath, see if you can see the cause of the blockage – often, long hair is trapped by the grille over the plug hole, and this can trap even more hair, bits of soap and tissue and even any large pieces of dirt that might come off your body, until the blockage is sizeable. These clumps of hair, while quite gross, can be pulled out with the fingers, and placed into the bin, and sometimes this can be enough to sort the problem. Likewise with a toilet, you can sometimes flush it again, but it’s probably best to call the drainage experts at No1PHD for quick solution to your problem.
If you try these home remedies, but the blockage comes back after a short time, or does not properly clear, then it is time to call in the experts. Our drainage experts have all the qualifications to understand exactly how your plumbing systems work, and we also have all the specialist tools that might be needed.
We can clear pipes to a much greater depth than you would be able to, we can analyse the blockage to work out where it is and why it keeps reforming, and we can even use a drain camera, closed circuit television (CCTV) to check out the inside of a pipe to see what is going on. This can be doubly useful if you have a delightful young cherub who decides to flush your car keys (jewellery, bank cards etc) down the loo – it happens more often than you would believe! – as the precious items might be retrievable without the need to crack open the pipes to reach them.
CCTV scans of the pipes’ insides has other advantages too: the integrity of the pipes can be examined, looking for cracks, erosion and other issues that can be sorted out before they turn into major issues by breaking completely, causing floods and unpleasantness in your garden – or that of your neighbours. Pipes can also be relined to ensure their swift and efficient functioning over time, especially if they are showing signs of ageing.
Fatbergs, those unpleasant growing mounds of grease, hair, tissue paper and wipes that build up unseen inside our sewers and drainage pipes, can also be spotted in good time by a householder alert to the functioning of his or her drains. Fatbergs build up and often are not caused by people living nearby: this is because people sometimes think that flushing oil and fat down the drain is okay as long as they team it with plenty of hot or boiling water. While this may protect their pipes, the fat will eventually (and actually quite quickly) cool down, and will then coagulate in whichever piece of drain it is in. It does not take too long before a fatberg is stealthily growing under the streets…
Whatever your reason for needing a 24-hour emergency drainage expert: No1PHD is there for you. No matter the problem, it will not be long before your home is resupplied with clean, fresh water, with no smells or floods to blight your life – call us today to find out more on 08006906777
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For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.