Few homeowners realise that the sewer pipe that leaves their home is their property until it reaches the public sewer system. This means that they are liable to pay for and instigate repairs to the pipe if necessary due to damage or basic neglect.

It can be devastating for the homeowner if the waste pipe that leaves their home becomes blocked. And in the worst cases, raw sewage can back up and find its way into the home. That’s why it’s so important to carry out remedial action on the sewer pipe as soon as you notice a problem.

Drain blockages can be caused by a number of things, including putting incorrect items into the drain. But sometimes it’s just a build up of waste deposits that can cause a blockage.

At the first sign of a blockage the homeowner should consult a drainage professional who will advise them on the remedial action needed to remove the blockage. In most cases this will be simple unblocking of the pipe using high pressure water jetting. In this method a jet of water is inserted into the pipe under high pressure. The pressure is usually enough to break up the clog into smaller sized components that can then be removed by the drainage professional from the nearest inspection cover.

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