5 best tips and tricks to prevent blocked drains

When your drains are blocked it can be really frustrating. It’s one of those things that we don’t think about on a daily basis, but if blocked it really interrupts your day which can cause a huge issue. It can also be costly if the issue isn’t sorted straight away. Blocked drains can result in poor drainage and can cause a bad smell, which may even start attracting rodents. So we’ve put our heads together and thought of the best five tips to help prevent you drains ever getting to this stage. 

Sink Strainers 

These are super useful, simply pop it over your sinks plug and it’ll catch most of the excess waste. Then just remove it, dump the waste in the bin, rinse it and pop it back. Depending on how much you want to invest these can vary in price but overall, they are relatively cheap and can be found in most hardware shops and if not there’s plenty on Amazon. 

Watch what you put down the sink 

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t pop down your sink. So, here’s a list of what to avoid:

  • Litter
  • Grease, fats and oils 
  • Flour
  • Eggshells 
  • Coffee grounds

Keep an eye on it 

Just having a look at your drain every now and then can be incredibly helpful. You’ll be able to notice any issues quickly and solve it before it develops. If you regularly have issues with rodents you could install CCTV so you can keep an eye on it at all times. 

Frozen Pipes

When pipes are frozen it can be a bit of a disaster, the best way to deal with this is to remove as much ice as you physically can and then very slowly heat the ice up to melt it. Try not to apply too much heat to the pipes directly as this could damage them. Use an electric heater or a hairdryer, this is a great way to slowly remove the ice. 

So, what should you do if your drains are blocked, don’t worry give us a call on: 800 677 1321. We operate 24/7 365 days a year and are experts in providing great service at a competitive price. We don’t charge VAT, our response time is 1 hour, 95% of drain issues are fixed on the same day and we provide a free no-obligation quote. So get in contact via email: [email protected] or through our website https://localdrainagesolutions.co.uk/contact/  

Water Leak In Your Garden – It may be your pipe

Is there water in your garden and you don’t know where it’s coming from? Chances are you may have a leak in your garden. This leak can cause you a lot of problems if you don’t get it fixed quickly. The problem for many people is they don’t even know they have a leak to begin with. It’s not until they get the higher than normal water bill they realize something might be wrong.

Luckily, you’ve found this page because we’re going to take a look at how to spot a leak in your garden and what you can do about it.

Start By Shutting Off All Water In Your Home

If you live in the city or in an area where you receive water from a water company, then you should have a service line that brings water into your home. You should shut off this line so you can begin testing and finding your leak. For most homes, you should be able to find this water connection in front of your home.

By shutting off the water you are able to get a more accurate reading.

Check Your Meter

Next, you’ll want to check your meter to see if there is any unusual activity happening on it. Take note of the little spinning triangle on your meter. Is it spinning non stop? If you look at your meter and you see this you may have a leak.  Also, if you take a look and no water is going through the meter, then it may mean the leak is somewhere else in the system.

From the moment you notice this, you should contact an emergency commercial plumber company and have them come in and diagnose the problem.

Figuring if you have a leak on a digital water meter is a little different. On the digital water meter, you’ll have to check the flow rate. A low flow rate or one that reads zero is an indicator that there’s no water flowing through the line. This could mean the problem is in your service line.

Common Service Line Leak Locations

A service line leak can happen anywhere on your service line. The most common places leaks happen are near the shutoff valve and anywhere there are fittings on the line. If you notice that you have a leak, you should get a commercial plumbing service company to come to your property.

You don’t want to leave this for too long as it may lead to more serious problems in the future.


A leak in your garden is no fun. It can leave your yard muddy and damage your driveway. Fixing a water leak in your garden as soon as you notice it is very important. Deal with the problem quickly so that it doesn’t escalate. Take too long to deal with it, and it can become your worst nightmare. Use the tips in this guide to help with diagnosing the type of garden leak you have and then get a commercial drainage professional to fix it for you.

Have You Got a Blocked Drain? Check out for these signs

When drains go wrong it can be a matter of timing to mitigate the amount of the damage it could cause to your property. It’s always good to know some of the major signs of blockage because if you ignore the signs for too long then you may be looking at potential long term damage and hefty prices.

Luckily there are some very obvious signs that your drains and blocked or beginning to block which we’ll list in this article. Then, you may be able to use a few shop bought products and if the problem persists get in touch with us.

If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed below then you may have a blockage in the lines, meaning your drains may be pooling wastewater in the various pipework below your home. This may not even be an issue you’ve caused as some drains are connected to other properties. If left untreated for too long your manhole will fill with waste and potentially spill out back the way it’s meant to go.

Your toilet water level is rising.

This is one of the most obvious signs of blockage. If the water in your toilet has steadily begun to rise then you may be looking at a blockage along the line somewhere. If you notice this then we suggest first using a plunger and use some toilet drain cleaner, but if the problem persists then you may have the beginning of an underlining blockage issue.

Do not leave an issue like this too long as you don’t want backed up water spilling out onto your bathroom floor, call in the experts. Most blockage issues we can resolve the same day.

Sewage Smells coming from drains, toilets, or plugs.

Let us tell you right now this one you’ll absolutely know about. Smells from the blocked drain can be an awful thing and a very obvious warning sign of a blocked drain. The smell occurs with waste, food, and debris decomposing and wafting up the pipes to the nearest escape. These smells can pop up anywhere from outside your property to right inside your toilet.

If you notice a smell like this then it usually a good idea to a drainage expert involved to properly investigate the issue.

Gurgling water and noises from plugs.

Listen out for your bath and kitchen sinks gurgling and spluttering water. This can be an obvious warning sign of a blocked drain, the sound is caused by trapped air escaping when water runs.

What are the next steps?

Knowing the signs of a blocked drain is half the battle. We always educate our clients on preventative measures to stop a blocked drain, such as not flushing baby wipes, oil, fat, and food is a massive measure you need to take.

Secondly, try the home remedy methods first because you just be dealing with a minor blockage that can be cleared by tipping a bottle of drain cleaner down your plug or using something like soda crystals and finally trying to plunge your toilet.

Third, if the issue persists then it’s best to call out a drainage engineer. We can’t stress enough the danger of leaving this too long, blocked drains can break pipes and require the need for excavation and costly repair work. But, if caught early it may just require a quick drain jetting, unblocking, and chemical cleaning.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so call us if you’re experiencing any blockage issue listed above and we can get to you for a free consultation for the next steps.