Blocked drains can cause serious issues if not dealt with promptly. But, if you know how to use cleaning rods you might be able to solve the problem.
Find out more about keeping your drains in top condition by unblocking them with rods.
Drains can get blocked for many different reasons. These can include household items - such as oils and fats - poured down the sink or garden debris such as leaves blown into them.
It’s always best to call in a professional, but using a drain rod is a relatively simple job. So, if you’re confident enough and have the correct tools, you could give it a go yourself.
Before you start, make sure you have the correct tools and safety equipment:
To find the blockage, you may have to lift a manhole cover (if the drain is covered).
A strong garden spade or screwdriver should help to raise the edge and then you can remove the cover safely.
If you can’t see an obvious blockage, insert the drain rod and see if you can feel the obstruction. You might need to apply some pressure to release the blockage, but be careful not to do any damage to the drain.
Once you’ve cleared the blockage using the drain rod, wash the gully using a hosepipe. This should help wash away any remaining debris.
Once cleared, safely lift the manhole cover back into position.