Bin It, Don’t Flush It: Public Service Announcements

As well as our drain inspection services and being the go-to-specialists when it comes to blocked drains in Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Derby, and Sheffield, we like to scour the internet occasionally to see how other regions are helping to tackle the issue of drain-to-brain education. In the past, we have posted numerous blogs on what not to flush as well as other instructional blogs relating to what you can and can’t and should and shouldn’t do to give your pipes a chance of a long life.

Well, some say we’re dreamers, but we’re not the only ones… Continue reading

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Water Authority Approved Surveys: Fun with Buildings

You may be pleasantly surprised to find that we don’t just deal with blocked drains in Sheffield, Nottingham, and Derby. One of our other useful services dabbles in the wonderful world of water authority approved surveys (WRC).

When it comes to building a brand new part of your office block, expanding your sitting room, adding on an extra bedroom or even attaching that long-awaited conservatory onto the back of your house, it’s no secret that this particular stepping stone in your property development can be very exciting. You’ve been saving up for this next stage in your property transformation for a good couple of years. You’ve thought through all of the ups and downs, considered all of the different designs, but have you thought about your water drains? Continue reading

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Sewer Bowling: Paris’ Unusual Sewer Cleaning System

There’s not much normal about the Paris sewer systems, for one you could have a tour by boat through the sewer system until pretty recently. But the way that they sometimes clean the sewers is probably the most bizarre in the world.

Sewer systems need a constant flow of water through them to stop things sticking around for too long or backing up. Occasionally a blockage will stop or slow this water and it’ll have to be cleaned out somehow. In the smaller, domestic pipes companies like us, who are experienced in dealing with blocked drains in Stoke-On-Trent, are hired to sort out the problem quickly, but with larger sewers, more drastic measures need to be taken. Continue reading

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Should You Clean Your Own Drains?

Here at Inspect-a-Drain we are often called out to finish a job that has been started by someone hoping to save a little money by trying to clear their own drains. In spite of how disgusting and dangerous drains can be, intrepid homeowners often choose to attempt a clearance on their own, time and time again.

Now personally we know that this is a bad idea but we are pretty biased, in order to give a definitive answer to whether you should or shouldn’t do it yourself, we have by comparing the pros and cons of both options.

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Doing it Yourself


-          You might save some money (presuming that you already have the equipment and don’t break anything in the process)


-          Dirty

-          Smelly

-          Potentially dangerous

-          You could potentially cause costly damage

-          Many drains are hard to access

-          You might compact the blockage and make it worse

-          Potentially dangerous (we know it’s in twice but it really is dangerous!)

This list could go on forever, and believe us when we say that these are all more common issues than you would think. Thankfully there is an alternative way to get rid of your blocked drains in Derby, Nottingham, and Sheffield in the shape of Inspect-A-Drain, we have years of experience in ensuring that your drains are cleared safely and thoroughly. In order to illustrate just how much easier and better an option hiring a professional is, we’ve listed the pros and cons below.

Hiring a Professional 

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-          You needn’t lift a finger
-          No danger involved
-          We assess the blockage (avoids any further damage to potentially collapsed sections)
-          No need to buy special tools (we’ve got them all and more)
-          We give you a price upfront before the work is undertaken


-          None! Not a single one!

So there you have it, a definitive and almost entirely objective perspective on whether you should attempt to clear your own drains. Hopefully, we’ve convinced you and next time you notice a blockage you’ll simply contact us and let our experienced and professional team take care of the rest.

For blocked drains Derby people trust, contact us now.

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Water Journey and your drains!

As a company that deals with blocked drains in Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and the surrounding areas, we at Inspect-A-Drain play an important part in assuring the water reaches your tap crisp and clean.  Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you see vanishing down your plughole or making a getaway for those grates in the road?  Well, ponder H2no longer.

Firstly, we should establish the difference between both types of wastewater, foul water, and surface water, as it is paramount to keep the two separate.


Foul Water

This is water that is discharged from the home from devices and conveniences such as toilets, baths, and kitchen appliances.  Once this is disposed of, it finds its way to public wastewater treatment works, a bio-digester unit or septic tank, where it is treated or stored for disposal prior to being released into the environment or treated further.

Surface Water

As opposed to foul water, surface water is liquid drained from paved areas or issued from guttering and drains.  These drains may be connected to pipes which form surface water sewers.

Drains and Sewers

The difference between drains and sewers relates to the number of properties from which the water is removed.  Drains transport foul or surface water from one property, whereas a sewer transports it from two or more.

Sewage and Sewerage

As you might expect, sewage and sewerage are closely related.  However, sewage is classed as the waste product transported by sewerage, which is the network of pipes that transport the affluence to the treatment plant.

Public Sewers and Surcharge
Public sewers tend to be in public open spaces, such as roads, however, they may also run through people’s private gardens.  They accept the sewage from smaller, private drains, as opposed to larger properties or industrial sewage.

However, when these flows exceed what can be kept, or transported, through the sewerage system, they will surcharge, or escape, through the weakest point upstream of a restriction.  The point where it surcharges will tend to be an inspection chamber.

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Once the wastewater has reached the plant, the first step is to remove large objects that would otherwise look unsightly returned to our river systems or could even break the treatment work’s equipment.  These items include matters we have discussed in our previous Drain Buster blog, such as nappies and other sanitary items.  It is also filtered to remove other debris, such as grit, which gets caught up in the flow.

Primary Treatment

At this point in the process, the wastewater consists of excrement or the slightly more appealing title of ‘organic solid matter’, so must be separated in large settlement tanks where the solids sink to the bottom in the form of sludge.  Mechanical arms and scrapers move around the spherical tanks to push the sludge towards the centre, where it can, in turn, be pumped away for treatment.  The water ebbs over the brim of the tank, where it is transported to the secondary treatment part of the process.

Secondary Treatment

Whilst the liquid appears considerably cleaner without a large amount of sludge polluting it, there are of course smaller particles and germs throughout the wastewater which must be treated.  In larger sewage treatment works, this liquid is placed into rectangular tanks, or aeration lanes, where the air is pumped through it.  The ‘good bacteria’ then helps to break down the bugs and germs by eating them, multiplying and multiplying again, until only good bacteria remain.

Final Treatment

More sludge is formed in the final treatment process, where the good bacteria sink to the bottom; some are recycled back to the secondary treatment section of the wastewater recycling process, the rest is transported to sludge treatment.  This sludge can be heated to promote the bacteria to consume it or dried into ‘cakes’; the former releases biogas, which can be burnt, like the ‘sludge cakes’, to create heat and, in turn, electricity.

However, back in the final treatment tank, like when the sludge free liquid ebbs over the edge of the tank in the primary treatment stage, the clean water passes over the wall at the top of the tank where it is either retreated, if the river to which it is to be returned to is particularly sensitive, or…

Returned to the River

The wastewater which is returned to our streams and rivers is carefully regulated by the Environment Agency as the water transported to some areas helps to keep those waterways healthy.  So take care when taking a dip in your local waterway, but you needn’t worry about coming face to face with any nasty surprises from our wastewater treatment works.

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However, if you do find anything you feel is untoward, please contact your local water authority.  Due to the quantities of water that are dealt with, blockages can be expected, so if you are the unlucky one who may have the misfortune of finding such blockage and find yourself requiring help with your blockage issues, feel free to seek our expert drainage advice; we at Inspect-A-Drain are here to help.  Please contact us on 01335 360879, and help us help you with blocked drains.

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Understanding Drain and Sewer Blockages

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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.

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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 Derby residence call, 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 the sewer. By definition, a drain is a pipe that drains wastewater 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

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Fixing Blocked Drains Without Excavation


If we didn’t have drains, what would we do? They transport our dirty and clean water from point A to point B (and everywhere in between). They keep our everyday lives running smoothly; from the taps in our kitchen sinks to the toilet in our bathrooms, we owe a lot to these awesome inventions!
Because our thick, thin, large and small drains take care of us, it’s only right that we take care of them. So how can we do this?

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Do You Know What Drains Have to Do with Subsidence?


Subsidence is a common here in the UK – according to the fancy-titled Landmark Information Group, it’s actually cost £3bn to the economy over the last decade. And that’s a cost that’s going to keep rising, given that many believe that upwards of 1 in 5 UK houses suffer subsidence. Continue reading

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Prevent Blocked Drains With Drain Maintenance

With the good old British weather having its usual seasonal melt-down; it’s a perfect excuse to implement a few drain maintenance tasks, making sure that you are prepared for any unexpected weather conditions that may arise in the coming months. This article discusses drain maintenance to prevent many of the causes of blocked drains Derby people complain about.

Too often, people only consider their drains when something goes wrong, but by then, it is usually too late and bacteria-filled water has already damaged your property.

So, if you want to provide your home with a preventative drain-disaster care plan, whatever the season – here are a few reasons why drain maintenance is vital to your home’s overall health and efficiency.

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As with many types of home repair, preventing occurrences through regular property maintenance is the best and most efficient way to keep a property healthy, and any unexpected repairs at bay. As you’re probably aware, there are many pipes which run throughout your home, taking wastewater from your home, under your home, through the garden and eventually, leading to a sewer connection. So, of course – it’s important to keep these plumbing lines clean and drains flowing well.

When drain lines work well – waters flow quickly and straight down the drain. However, eventually, drain lines will become clogged due to an accumulation of food, grease, soap and various other bits and bobs that may fall down the drain.

This is completely normal, however, at the first sign of slow draining, contact a professional. Professionals are able to use proper tools and chemicals to keep your drains clear, without damaging pipes and fittings. Even the simplest of sink clogs can cause serious flooding, resulting in drywall.

Clogs can happen to a number of different fixtures and fittings and are not more prone to a particular one. For some sewer lines, tree roots are a common problem and result in discarded sewage backing up through floor drains in the lower level of the home. This can, in turn, become a serious problem, particularly for older, more established properties which are surrounded by far-reaching tree roots.

Preventative maintenance is the answer to such issues and prevents drains from clogging and breeding bacteria. For the best prevention all year round, homeowners are advised to have their bathtubs, showers and sink drains professionally cleaned at least once a year, reducing the risk of serious and more expensive repairs.

For more information, or if you think your home may be affected by blocked drains in Derby – please do not hesitate to contact us on 01335 360 879 today!

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Football Pitch Sized Fatberg Found Blocking Drains in Wales

Last month there was an unwelcome discovery below the streets of a small market town in Wales. Water workers were doing work in the sewers when they came across a gigantic fatberg, which they predict must have been building for quite a few years. Do you know what a fatberg is? Have you come across one before? It’s a congealed lump of fat, wet wipes or other items found in sewers – which have not been broken down properly. These clogs have been found in sewers all over the world, with some of them being extremely massive in size. They aren’t pleasant as you can imagine which is why the workers in Wales got a nasty shock when they found one underneath homes in the Welsh town. Continue reading

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