Aside from experience and location, one of the main things which separates different drain specialists and maintenance teams is their access to equipment and the standard of tools they use to get the job done.

With the industry of drain unblocking in London and beyond growing in demand with more residential properties and houses around now than ever before, the range of companies offering this service is vast- which begs the question of how to select the right company for you.

In this blog, we’re talking all things equipment, tools, and exactly what we use to unblock a residential drain – sharing the importance of using good quality equipment.

Industry-leading tools and equipment

When a blocked drain is left untreated, a small issue can quickly become a big one, which is not only expensive to fix but which causes extensive damage to the surrounding pipework – creating more widespread leaks and damage which can affect the foundations of a property.

As part of our commitment to customers across London and beyond, our team regularly update our vans with all the latest tools – including high-pressure water jets which allow us to target the blockage and use water to blast away the debris which has collected and caused the problem. We also have access to electro-mechanical coring machines which tunnel into the blockage and break it up from the centre and can even use specialist CCTV cameras to identify the cause of blockages which occur deep within the pipe network – minimising the damage caused to surrounding infrastructure by tunnelling into the drainage system with a small camera.

All this equipment means that we are equipped to not only identify and isolate the issue but tackle it head-on – combining the force of our industry-leading tools with our extensive experience.

Can I unblock a drain myself?

A lot of clients ask us for advice on how to manage a blocked drain themselves, and while there are some DIY methods you can use to tackle a slow-draining plughole or a minor build-up of debris in your pipe network, for the most part, DIY solutions will not fix the issue of a genuine blockage.

How to know when I need professional help to unblock a drain

Most homeowners are aware of or familiar with the signs of a blocked drain – even if they are not 100% sure what the cause is or where it is coming from. The most common signs that we urge homeowners to look out for include a bad smell, slow draining sinks and plugholes, a toilet which doesn’t flush properly, or excess water around your waste pipe site.

All of these are symptoms that something is going on in your pipe network which requires attention, with our advice being to reach out to our team as soon as you spot the signs of a blockage. The best-case scenario is that we can quickly and easily alleviate a minor blockage – in a worst-case scenario, getting us involved early will help to minimise damage and costs.

For more information and to book a drain specialist, please get in touch with us today!

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