How can I use drain rods to unblock my drains?

How can I use drain rods to unblock my drains?

It can be frustrating when your drains become blocked. Fortunately, there are ways you can get rid of a blockage without causing too much damage to the pipes.

While we would always recommend calling a professional drain engineer to come and take care of the problem for you, if you are familiar enough with the blockage and the nature of it, there are things you can do at home yourself if you wish to get rid of the blockage without calling a professional. Drain rodding is a method whereby drain rods are used to clear debris out of a drain that has become blocked.

how can I use a drain rodDrain rodding is a great choice

You will be far more likely to get a good quality service for a great price if you call out a drain technician to clear your drains, but if you want to do it yourself then drain rodding is a great choice as it is a fairly simple and efficient method. You can also rest assured knowing that, if done properly, you won’t have caused any damage to your drains. It is important that before you begin clearing the blockage you thoroughly research the method and stock up on the correct equipment, as even the smallest of mistakes can have detrimental consequences.

Before you begin using the rods you will first need to locate the blockage. Between your property and the main public sewers, there will be many access covers. The best way to find the blockage is to look in all of these covers, starting with the cover closest to yourself. If you can’t actually see the blockage itself, the biggest indicator will be if the chamber you are looking into is empty or full. If it is full, then the blockage lies in a chamber further away. If the chamber is empty, you have found the blockage.

After you are done locating the blockage, begin by using the rod that has the plunger on the end of it. Insert this rod into the chamber and continue to add more rods to extend your reach into the chamber, always making sure to turn the rods clockwise as you work them through the pipes. If you turn the rods anticlockwise they may unscrew and you could be left with a blockage caused by drain rods. Once you have found the blockage using the rods, you can stop adding more rods to the end and begin to push against the blockage.

Extricate the blockage

Make sure to do this step carefully to avoid damaging the pipes. Push gently against the obstruction until you feel it loosen and dislodge itself from the wall of the pipe. Now that you have extricated the blockage, you can begin to remove the rods. If you find that you are unable to completely dislodge the obstruction then remove the rods and replace the plunger end with a corkscrew.

Just because you have removed the blockage, this does not mean the job is finished. There will still be leftover residue, so make sure to clear this away by running water from a hose down the pipe. An alternative way to do this would be to fill up your sink or bathtub and release the water all at once.

The most important thing with any blockage is to act quickly, whether that means calling a professional or doing it yourself. Blocked drains do not go away on their own and will only worsen over time, so to save yourself time and money make sure to take action as soon as you notice the problem. If ignored, a blockage can cause the drain to burst, which leads to flooding.

Flooding not only severely damages your property and costs a lot of money to fix, but it also poses a health risk as the bacteria from the wastewater can contaminate your property can make you very ill.

Will my drains get damaged from being unblocked?

Will my drains get damaged from being unblocked?

One of the biggest concerns you may have about calling out a drain engineer is creating further damage to your drains. When a drain becomes blocked it can cause a great deal of stress and inconvenience, and often it seems like the easier thing to do is to try and unblock it yourself but this is the number one way of creating more problems that could easily be avoided if you call a professional drain engineer.

Will my pipes get damaged during unblockingIt may seem tempting to avoid paying for a contractor and try to fix the problem yourself. However, if you are not fully aware of the cause and nature of the blockage, and if you are not familiar with the techniques of removing a blockage, then you could quite easily create more problems than you started with. We highly recommend calling a professional drain technician to come and take care of the problem, as they have years of experience in the field.

Latest technology and software

Using the latest technology and software, the drain engineer will be able to thoroughly clear any blockage without causing any damage to your property or to the drains. All procedures are carried out with the utmost precision and care, and all drain engineers are highly trained and have years of experience and knowledge.

All drain clearing methods and techniques have been created and adapted over time to ensure that you are getting the best service and that your drains are taken care of to the best standard. Drain rods and other professional equipment is used.
Most blockages can be dealt with using high pressure water jetting, which involves running water down the drains through a high pressure hose with a jetting nozzle.

Grease, fat and tree roots

The pressure of the water means that the force is much stronger and can break down the majority of blockages, no matter how big they are, which is why it is the most popular choice of clearing drains for drain engineers. It is also a great choice of method because it can clear most blockages no matter what the cause, whether it’s grease, fat, or even tree roots. Drain jetting is a very simple process that will not cause any damage to your drains, so you can rest assured that you are getting the most efficient and high quality service without destroying your drainage systems.

The most common cause of a blockage is incorrect disposal of waste. This occurs particularly in kitchen drains where food waste has been flushed down the sinks. Food waste that is oily, greasy or fatty does not break down at a speed that is compatible to the drains, and so it cannot be washed away quickly and is more likely to stick to the sides of the drains.


Over time, as it is left untouched, it will begin to build up and become a bigger blockage. This can be avoided by disposing of food waste in the bin, rather than flushing it down the toilet.

Waste is also most commonly incorrectly disposed of in bathrooms. Items like nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are often flushed down the toilet. These items are not able to break down quickly enough for the drains to wash them away, and can very easily block your toilet. Another culprit is flushing away too much toilet paper at once. Make sure to avoid incorrectly disposing of these items so you are not faced with a serious blockage, as it can cause a great amount of stress and inconvenience and can end up costing you a lot of time and money.

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What is a CCTV survey?

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Drain camera for pipe surveysCCTV surveys are the most non-invasive and non-destructive way of examining your drains and locating any issues that you would not have noticed before. It is also the most effective way of examining drains or pipes that are hard to reach and out of the way, causing the least amount of disruption to your drainage systems without damaging them.

Completing the surveys

Drain technicians are highly trained in completing the surveys, and following the inspection you will receive a fully comprehensive and understandable report of the findings, as well as some friendly advice should any further action be required. If your drains have been getting blocked regularly over a short period of time, we recommend getting a CCTV survey inspection. Using this technology allows you to pinpoint if there is a cause behind this and what the cause is. A CCTV survey in this scenario will save you a great deal of time and money, as you can catch the problem before it creates more blockages that you will have to keep fixing.

While many blockages are inevitable, there are some that can be prevented, and the best way to ensure that they don’t occur is to regularly inspect your drains using CCTV surveys. A drain that is left alone without maintenance is highly likely to get blocked and cause problems, so to save yourself time and money we recommend getting a CCTV survey. It’s just one of the services offered by Blocked Drain Brighton.

Whether you’ve noticed something troubling, need to inspect your new drains, or simply want some peace of mind about what’s going on in the pipes, CCTV surveys are the ideal way to keep your drains to the highest standard of quality, and are the most cost effective way of ensuring that you are not faced with a highly damaging issue like flooding or leaks.

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What is a CCTV survey?

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Drain pipe survey toolsYour drains require regular maintenance to ensure that any blockages or damage is not left to escalate. With all these modern day conveniences around us, we sometimes forget that we need to check in on the systems that provide us with necessities like clean water, to make sure that they are still working and safe. There are many different ways you can keep an eye on your drainage systems, including CCTV surveys.

Great way to investigate

CCTV surveys are a great way to effectively investigate the quality of your drains. Using the latest technology and equipment, a drain technician will identify and locate any underlying problems that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. A drain survey will use state of the art camera and software technology to examine any type of plumbing system in detail.

If anything is found during the survey it can be dealt with then and there, and if there is any sign of potential cause for problems then the drain technician will be happy to talk you through how to proceed following the survey. You might find a CCTV survey ideal if you are moving into a new property, or selling your old property. The last thing you want is to move into a new home and find that there is a problem with the drains that the previous owners have left unattended, so CCTV surveys are a great way to nip the problem in the bud before it ends up costing you more time and money.

In houses with particularly old fashioned drainage systems, a CCTV survey can identify any decay or collapse in the pipes that, if left ignored, could escalate into a bigger issue such as flooding or a complete breakdown of the drains. With many old fashioned pipe systems, problems such as root invasion are a very real threat, which can lead to leaking and eventually flooding. To avoid this happening we recommend getting a CCTV survey inspection from to deal with you Blocked Drain in Brighton.