Understanding Drain and Sewer Blockages

Blocked drains and sewers are among the most common causes of household emergency callouts every year in Britain. The resultant nasty smells and unsanitary, germ-ridden environment make it completely unquestionable why every homeowner wants the issue to be rectified promptly.

Blocked Drains

A blocked drain or sewer is not an everyday occurrence; therefore it is understandable that the average person will be very confused about what to do when this unpleasant situation arises. Being a company that specialises in fixing blocked drains in Chesterfield, we at Inspect-A-Drain will use this blog to explain a little bit about drains and sewers to help you understand the situation when it does occur.

The difference between a drain and a sewer

Firstly, you need to understand that there is a difference between the drain and sewer. By definition, a drain is a pipe that drains waste water from a building in which it is located, for example the kitchen. Each pipe located on your building connects into the main pipe known as the lateral drain – this is a pipe located within the boundaries of your property. A sewer is a larger network of pipes that collects drainage waste from a number of properties, for example your neighbourhood.

Who to turn to for help?

Since your drains, including the lateral drain are part of your property, it is your responsibility to make sure they are fixed in the case of a blockage. This part of the process should not be complicated, as it is easy to locate a local company. For example, we at Inspect-A-Drain help many clients who have blocked drains in Mansfield and the surrounding areas. As for the sewers, local water companies are usually responsible for any repair work needed. If you’re unsure about who is responsible for fixing your sewers it is a good idea to contact your local authority for professional advice.

Remember; with drainage, it is always important to make sure that any signs of blockage receive professional attention immediately, as the smallest of blockages can cause devastating damage to your property and belongings. So next time you suspect blocked drains in Stoke on Trent, Chesterfield and Mansfield make sure you contact us at Inspect-A-Drain on 0800 195 8670 or via email at roger@drain-inspections.com.

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