Blocked Drains

Drains take foul sewage (waste from toilets, bathrooms and kitchens) and surface water (rain water) away from a single property. Lateral drains are the part of a drain outside the property boundary - for example, in a neighbour's garden or in the highway.

When substances other than waste water are flushed down the drain, this can cause problems that could lead to a blocked drain. For example, fats and oils can solidify and cause smells. The following items mustn't be flushed down the drain:

  • waste foodblocked-drain2
  • paints and solvents
  • fats, oils and greases
  • disposable nappies and wipes
  • condoms
  • sanitary products
  • bandages and dressings
  • animal waste
  • cotton wool and cotton buds
  • razor blades
  • fuel

Also, you're legally required to tell your local authority building control department of building work or works to repair, reconstruct or change the course of a drain. You should also:

  • always allow a working zone around drains for repairs and maintenance
  • make sure building work doesn't damage the drain or sewer by direct contact with pipe work
  • not displace surrounding material that supports and protects the pipe work

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