Everything you need to know about blocked drains. For blocked drains in Bristol, call Trent’s Drains.
The cost to clear a blocked drain will depend on the drain type, the blockage type and how easy it is to get to. The earlier you let us know, the easier it will be to remove the blockage.
Industry prices on average state you can expect to pay around £50 for a straightforward domestic sink or bath unblocking, and £60 for toilet unblocking. While for more serious blockages, you could expect to pay between £100 and £200.
For drains and waste pipes with substantial blockages, we recommend calling in the drain unblocking experts.
However, for minor blockages in sinks and toilets, there are things you can do to address the problem. For sinks and toilets, a drain unblocker solution can help. Alternatively, you can use a plunger or a small manual drain snake. If neither of these work, call in Trent’s Drains.
If you have a blocked drain, you’ll want to get it unblocked properly. Cleaning alone won’t do the job.
That being said, there are several techniques you can use to clean your drain. Many people swear by baking soda, as it breaks down grease and mineral deposits which cause blockages. It can also help tackle that blocked drain smell.
You should aim to flush your drains weekly. Use boiling water, washing up liquid and a funnel. If the water is draining slowly, you can use baking soda or white vinegar.
For preventative drain maintenance for hard to reach, large or commercial drains, contact Trent’s Drains.
We do not advise using chemical drain cleaners as these can be ineffective at best and dangerous at worst if not used correctly.
While indoor blocked drains can be easily prevented, leaves, twigs or rubbish can block garden drains without your knowing. It’s important to try and assess what’s causing the blockage before taking action. The best way to tackle blocked garden drains is using drain rods.
If you have a drain in your garden that’s blocked, it makes sense to call in the experts. Especially if you’d rather not get your hands dirty.
If you have a blocked outside drain, we’d recommend calling in the professionals. We have the tools, the skill and the expertise to tackle all outdoor drain blockages. Call now for emergency drain unblocking in Bristol on 01179490155.
Found yourself with a blocked drain? Often the quickest and most reliable way to ensure your blocked drain is properly cleared is to call a drainage contractor. With years of training and experience, not to mention all the proper tools, hiring an expert can save you valuable time (and sometimes money!).
If you aren’t confident around drains, it’s always best to call in a professional. If you feel confident enough to tackle it yourself, you can always call our team for expert advice and guidance.
All too often, blocked drains can be easily prevented. Things like food grease, coffee grounds and wipes can cause drain blockages and other issues. Be extra careful about what you’re putting into your drains.
Here are a few things to think about:
- Pour cooking grease into a container and throw in the bin
- Throw coffee grounds in the compost
- Throw baby wipes, sanitary towels and tampons in the bin. Only flush toilet paper.
- Use a plug screen or drain cover to stop hair and soap scum getting through
- Flush your drains weekly with baking soda or vinegar followed by boiling water
Baking soda is a mineral compound with alkaline properties, making it excellent for use breaking down grease and other mineral deposits. You can use baking soda to clean your drains. If you have a minor blockage, baking soda followed by boiling water may temporarily solve the issue. If it is a more severe blockage, call a drainage expert.
All sorts of things can cause blocked drains. It can either be due to something getting stuck in the pipe or a buildup of substances that block water flow.
For indoor drains, common causes include:
- Sanitary towels
- Baby wipes
- Food waste
- Soap scum
For outdoor drains, common causes include:
- Garden waste
You can tell if you have a blocked drain if the following conditions are present:
- Bad smells coming from the drain
- Water drains slowly
- Rising water levels
- Gurgling noises
If you notice any of these signs, contact Trent’s Drains for fast, affordable drain unblocking.
If the blocked drain is on your property and you are the property owner, you will be responsible for it. According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, the sewerage company is responsible for drains outside of property boundaries.
Most home or buildings insurance policies do cover work on drains where there has been accidental damage. It is important to check whether your policy includes exclusions such as pipe material. If you aren’t sure whether your policy covers your drains, contact your insurer.
No. Drains are pipes that carry waste and water away towards a sewer. Sewers are networks of pipes, constructed underground, to carry waste from drains and surface water run-off to treatment or disposal facilities.
Unfortunately, a drain cannot unblock itself. If the blockage is minor, flushing the drain with water might help dislodge the blockage. However, your best option is to contact a professional to remove the blockage permanently. For drain unblocking in Bristol, call Trent’s Drains.
In extremely cold weather, drains can freeze, leading to waste water backing up. Consider keeping the heating on in rooms where your drains are, or using space heaters. Ahead of cold weather, arrange to have your drains cleared to prevent risk of freezing. And afterwards, get your drains checked to ensure the cold hasn’t damaged them. For drain repairs in Bristol, contact Trent’s Drains.
Yes. A blocked drain will often emit an unpleasant, rotting smell. This is due to a buildup of waste, minerals and dirty water. Get your drain seen to ASAP if it starts to smell.
Everything you need to know about septic tanks. For septic tanks in Bristol, call Trent’s Drains.
According to building regulations, a septic tank must be situated a minimum of 7m from ‘any habitable parts of buildings, and preferably downslope’.
Other requirements state that where a septic tank must be emptied by a tanker, the septic tank should be located within 30m of a vehicle access ‘provided that the invert level of the septic tank is no more than 3m below the level of the vehicle access’. The tank should also be located where there is a clear route to a hose pipe, allowing the tank to be safely and thoroughly cleaned.
The cost of any septic tank will depend largely on the size. You will need a tank that can adequately handle all waste water from your property, including toilet, shower, sink, washing machine and dishwasher water. Location is also a consideration – the easier it is to install, the cheaper it will be. This is why above ground tanks are generally cheaper.
For a medium sized tank, you can expect to pay around £700. While a large tank can cost up to £1,200. You should also factor in labour costs for the installation.
This will depend on the type of septic tank you have. A steel tank can last up to 20 years. Concrete or plastic tanks last much longer, up to and even beyond 40 years. A properly maintained and looked after septic tank will of course last longer.
On top of the cost of purchasing a new septic tank, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of installation. You can expect to pay between £1,200 and £1,800 for installation. You can save money by excavating the hole for the tank yourself.
Contact Trent’s Drains for septic tank installation in Bristol and the South West.
Septic tank replacement should be somewhat cheaper than having a brand new system installed. This is because you won’t have to include excavation, new pipework and soil disposal into the cost. However, you will need to consider the cost of disposing of your old system. The old tank will also need to be completely emptied before it can be disposed of responsibly.
Contact Trent’s Drains for septic tank replacement in Bristol and the South West.
Your septic tank should need emptying on average once every three to five years. That is providing it has been properly maintained. The exact length of time will depend on the size of the tank and the number of people occupying the property. Conserving water where possible will prevent overloading your septic tank. If your tank is not emptied, it can cause serious issues such as sewage backup into your home. A few signs your septic tank may need emptying include:
- Slow drainage
- Problems flushing the toilet
- Signs of overflow around the tank surface
To keep your septic tank in full working order and to ensure a longer lifespan of your system, it should be regularly maintained by a professional septic tank expert. This should take place once every few years, typically when your tank needs emptying. Servicing includes emptying or pumping out your septic tank as well as cleaning it thoroughly. Regular maintenance ensures blockages are removed and you won’t experience sewage backups or odour problems with your tank. Professionals can also make any necessary repairs and replacements to keep your septic tank working properly.
A septic tank collects waste water from households where there is no main sewer line connection. They are commonly found in more rural areas. The tank holds solid waste, while the liquid waste drains either through a soakaway or drainage field.
When it comes to choosing a septic tank, the preferred material you should opt for is either concrete or plastic (specifically GRP). You can buy steel septic tanks, however these typically don’t last as long. You can also choose between an above ground or below ground septic tanks. Above ground tanks are easiest to install and therefore are usually cheaper. While underground tanks are less visible on your property and typically need emptying less often.
Choosing the right size septic tank is essential to ensure it can adequately handle all the waste water coming from your property. You should consider the size of your property and the number of occupants. The more people that live in your property, the larger the tank will need to be. A good calculation is to multiply the number of people in your property by the average amount of waste water generated per person (150L). Add an extra 2,000L to your total and this should give you a good estimate of the size tank you’ll need.
Don’t be tempted to get a tank that is too large, however as an oversized tank may be ineffective in breaking down waste solids.
A septic tank that is full must be emptied sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may notice slower draining water in your property, gurgling noises in your pipes, or bad odours. A full septic tank may cause sewage to start backing up into your property, or overspilling onto your land around the surface of the tank.
When you move to a property with a septic tank, the previous owners should have shown you where the tank is located. However, if you aren’t sure, check to see where the sewer exits your house. The tank should be 7m from the exit. A metal detector can also help you locate your tank.