When a drain blockage strikes, everyday chores and routines can fast become challenging if not impossible – with the impact of the blockage creating unpleasant smells in the home, gurgling in the pipes, and a slow drain of water in the sink and around plugholes.

In these instances, most homeowners will recognise the signs that their drains need to be cleaned – but what is the difference between a DIY and a professional clean, and why is it always recommended that you book a professional drain cleaning London team?

 The benefits of booking a professional drain cleaning 

A professional drain cleaning team will be able to act fast, first identifying the presence of the blockage and then combining skill with industry leading equipment to flush the drain out. High pressure water jets are often our recommended go-to with regards to clearing a simple blockage – though our team have CCTV equipment and more sophisticated tools available should damage be identified.

One of the major benefits of booking a professional team as opposed to attempting a DIY drain cleaning is the efficiency with which the problem can be solved. Minimising damage and disruption to the surrounding environment is a priority for skilled and expert drainage engineers, harnessing the best equipment without causing long term damage to the pipes themselves or to the surrounding infrastructure.

Another benefit that comes from engaging a professional team is the vast array of services they provide, which involve not only emergency drain cleaning but also ongoing maintenance services and CCTV surveys which facilitate the testing of pipe networks before moving in on a property.

With that said, and with so many services available, how do you know when you need a drain survey or cleaning service?

How to diagnose a blocked drain at home

It doesn’t matter how good your local drain cleaning team is – if you don’t know when to call them, the service is useless.

Here at London Drainage Facilities, we focus on both supporting and educating our clients so that they recognise the signs of a blocked drain and can identify the causes. Some of the most common signs that we urge people to look out for include:

  • Unpleasant and lingering aromas around plugholes and drains
  • Low draining plugholes and sinks
  • Backed up toilets
  • Gurgling pipes

All of these can be a sign that your drain is blocked – with most homeowners trying a DIY solution made from boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda, before calling in the professionals. While this DIY mix can sometimes be enough to cut through a fresh and relatively minor blockage, the tougher issues will require industry equipment to shift.

When to call London Drainage Facilities

Blockage or not, the best time to call is now. Even if you don’t have an existing issue in your drains, with our maintenance service designed to ensure that no blockage reaches the stage where it causes immediate or long term issues to the function of your pipes and internal system.

Visit our website for more information on how to book a consultation today.