Post your job for free, get up to 3 quotes

Post your job for free. Read reviews, get quotes, and see tips on hiring the right person.

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Find a local drainage specialist

Your local drainage specialist can assist with repairs, surveys, installation, and unblocking. Find a local expert today to solve your drainage woes.

Browse Drainage Specialists

Take a look at our Drainage Specialists profiles, read reviews and request quotes directly.

Please specify a location
Please specify a trade

No job too big or small

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Steve on 14/10/2019

Quick contact, came out and fixed the leak the same day, great service

We have been in the drainage business for 20 years. We specialise in excavation to repair existing broken drains or lay new systems , also no dig trench less technology to reline damaged drains . Recent works to Severn Trent and Thames Water approval.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Cameron on 12/8/2019

Marc did a fantastic job, kept us informed and up to date with progress during the works. He finished the job to a high quality leaving a tidy area when done. Would recommend!!

We Only take on one job at a time so we give you our full attention.So give us ago.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Laura on 2/7/2019

Andrew and his team did an excellent job building a large deck in our very steep garden. Andrew came to us with lots of great ideas and we love the finished product. The team started the work earlier than expected, and our neighbours commented on how lovely the team were!

Pure Drainage is a 24/7 drains service. We have over 10 years of experience in drainage and groundworks, and have the skills and tools to tackle all the drain issues you may have.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Mass on 9/10/2019

Quick repsonse and turnaround to my request. Fantastic people to use

With over 25 years of experience we are true drainage specialists. We’ve been clearing and unblocking drains for more than twenty five years and we’re proud of our reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction that we provide. Major companies and leading high street names trust us to deal with all their regular drain maintenance and we bring the same high standards of service to tackle every blockage encounter. We cover a wide range of business from facilities management, retail,social housing, hospitality and insurance, as well as local businesses and other customers in the private and public sectors all across the UK Domestic customers also form a large part in our business and we like to bring a high standard of quality and friendliness to every single job encounter. We are open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year for any emergency problem you might have.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Lulu on 10/10/2019

Very quick response, great communication, did exactly what was required. Clear pricing upfront. Impressive!

I am Aurangzaib Khan I look after daughter who is my life I’m from Pakistan but Afghan in origin studied Plumbing level 2 at CONEL and passed all my exams with distinction .As for my company well I chose the name in my college days as I want to Excel in every thing I do. I set my goals and always achieve above it .very passionate and full of commitment .At Excel Plumbing we believe in high standard at affordable price. I do gas safe certification /boiler repairs /boiler installation/toilet bath installation/cooker installation/radiator repair installation/heating/ leakage issues /block pipes or drainage with best snakes and jet unblocking available.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by He on 7/10/2019

Strongly recommended. The job was done professionally and way much cheaper quoted elsewhere. Thanks

The Midlands' Leading Total Drainage Solutions Provider The Drain People are a family-run total drainage solutions company, with over 40 years' experience based in Leicester, covering the Midlands and beyond. An honest and reliable 24/7 service ensures long standing relationships with our customers. Also, unlike many other drainage contractors, we will guarantee our workmanship for up to 10 years. Here are some of the services we offer : Drain Unblocking CCTV Surveys Drain Investigation Drain Tracing High-Pressure Water Jetting Dain Maintainance De-Scaling Root Cutting Cleansing Drain Repairs Patch Lining Drain Re-Lining Excavation Sanitation and Flood Clearance Maintenance Contracts Tanker Services Graffiti Removal Surface Cleaning No call out fee - Fixed fee only for residential - Hourly rate for commercial.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Peter on 11/9/2019

First class service throughout and price competitive. The initial response was quick, while the engineer was equally knowledgeable, efficient and very polite. Completed the job, cleared up and left us very satisfied. Highly recommended and would certainly use again. An excellent local service.

We have over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Specialising in high pressure cleansing/ jetting, with hot water or media blasting if required. Paths, patio's drives, walls, maintenance contracts. Drain jetting, 24 hour availability

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by sally on 11/10/2019

Quick response good quote got the job done and reported back Very happy would use again

We are a family run business with 30 years experience in the drainage industry. We unblock manholes,toilets,grids,gullys etc.We offer high pressure water jetting, cctv surveys, repairs, septic tank emptying etc. Very competitive prices.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Toby on 10/8/2019

Top job

Gutters N Drains is an independent company that offers professional Gutter and Drain Services- Gutter Cleaning and Repairs, Drain Unblocking, Drain CCTV Inspections, Drains Repairs and Installation. We're Nottingham Trading Standards Approved. Fixed Price Services and great customer satisfaction.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Joanne on 9/7/2019

Was quick to respond. No extra for weekend callouts. Reasonable charge for the job

Post your job for free and up to 3 tradesmen will be in contact to quote

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Drainage Specialists - what you need to know

Drainage specialists tackle a lot of reactive work. They tend to be brought in whenever there’s a problem to sort out. They repair drains and deal with other sewerage issues like blockages. As well as the tell-tale signs of water not draining away in a sink or toilet bowl, there can be signs of a blockage outside your home too. Cracks in a path near a tree can be a sign that the tree roots are interrupting the sewer line. A specialist can bore the sewer line open, get rid of the roots, treat them to stop them from growing again and then replace or reline the pipe.

What a drainage specialist can help with

  • Repairing drains and dealing with sewerage problems.
  • Emptying septic tanks.
  • Installing septic tanks or soakaways.
drainage illustration

Some houses don’t have a pipe carrying waste away from their property. Instead, they have septic tanks to collect waste. If you have one of these, you’ll need to get a drainage specialist to empty it for you otherwise you’re flouting the environment agency’s rules. By law, only people who have permits to dispose of waste can take it away. 

The qualifications your drainage specialist needs

While not strictly a qualification, a drainage specialist will need to have a contract with sewerage treatment works to dispose of waste. The environment agency requires a company to have an environment permit to dispose of waste like this. Septic tank waste will be taken by a tanker to sewerage treatment works where it’s passed to the works inlet. If a sewer’s blocked, it’ll be emptied into a tanker while any repairs are made and the tanker will then pass decanted spirits back into the sewerage network.

How to unblock a drain

Most pipe blockages are caused by hair in the shower or bath. You can solve this by pulling up the stopper in the plughole and removing any hair that’s wound itself around the rod. Sometimes, you’ll need to unscrew the nut which holds the sink and rod together to do this.

If your kitchen sink’s blocked, you can try pouring half a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with half a cup of white vinegar but most of the time, DIY remedies like this won’t do much good unless it’s cooking fat that’s causing the problem. Before calling out a plumber, you can also try running water into the sink and letting it block up a little before placing a plunger over the plughole. After that, cover the overflow with a damp cloth and pump until the water drains away. For bigger drainage problems, including issues that are affecting the outside of your house, it’s worth calling in a drainage specialist to have a look.

 

How do you maintain a septic tank?

Septic tanks need to be emptied regularly. If you have a family of four, you should empty the tank once a year and if there are two of you living in a house, it’ll need to be emptied every two years.

Planning permission for drainage jobs

Unless you live in a listed building, you won’t need to apply for planning permission for repairs, maintenance and minor jobs but you should check with your local planning authority that any work beyond this is covered by your permitted development rights.

You should also clarify ownership and responsibility of any drain or sewer before starting any maintenance or repair work. They might be shared with neighbours or owned by a sewerage undertaker. Normally, drainage inside your property’s boundaries is your responsibility while a sewerage company is responsible for drains outside of property boundaries along with sewers. There are still a few private sewers around so if your property is served by one of these, the responsibility for maintaining it might fall with you.

Building regulations for drainage jobs

Building regulations may come into play for drainage if you’re building an extension or making alterations, including making your roof larger. If you’re building a patio or driveway, a tradesperson will need to think about the sizing of the soakaway and how surface water will drain away.

Drainage will also need to be considered if you’re connecting pipes in kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure they’re not at risk of blocking up and they can be easily got to if that does happen. Any pipework will also need to be ventilated to stop air from travelling up from the drains and being released into your house. Generally, it’ll be your builder, conservatory installer or driveway specialist that needs to comply with the building regulations rather than a drainage specialist.

 

Insurance for drainage work

There’s no legal obligation for drainage specialists to be insured but it’s recommended that a drainage specialist purchases public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a drainage specialist

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Have they got a permit to dispose of waste/a contract with a company that has a permit?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • How long does the warranty for the work last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking drainage specialists.

Drainage ideas

Find out how to keep your home’s pipework in order and read more about unblocking a sink. If the toilet’s blocked, you can try attempting a DIY fix but if in doubt or the problem still persists, bring in a drainage specialist as a first port of call.

How our service works

  • Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesperson, from over 30 different trades.

  • Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradespeople can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  • Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile page to see their ratings and reviews.

  • Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  • Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliability and value.


Recently completed jobs

Here's what's been happening in and around your area

Need a soak drain...

Need a soak drain digging/installing to take away excess rainwater from patio area

Waste backing up under the...

Waste backing up under the manhole cover in my garden, someone has tried ridding it but it's too blocked

unblock a drain

unblock a. drain and let the drain water go to the main drain

Drainage was backing up,...

Drainage was backing up, showers not draining quickly. Sourced it to outside drain that was blocked. Have removed lots of hard white solids and is now...

I m the owner of the three bed...

I m the owner of the three bed detached house. I have an issue with bloked drainage. Can you please let me know your charges and availability.

Unblock the Kitchen Drain

We had tried to use oneshot and basic drain unblock tools, it didn't work. We need someone with special drainage auger/tool to make the water running...

downstairs toilet blocked and...

downstairs toilet blocked and despite several attempts with plungers/mops and washing soda problem still exsists

Have blocked drain outside...

Have blocked drain outside home

Confirmation of cottage...

We are buying a cottage at The Hollies, Stargarreg Lane, Pant, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QW and a survey has found standing water in the drainage...

sewer inspection carried out...

sewer inspection carried out by welsh water due to rodent trouble underneath wooden suspended floor downstairs. Sewer was intact but redundant branch...

How our service works

  1. Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesmen, from over 30 different trades.

  2. Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradesmen can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  3. Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile to see their ratings and reviews.

  4. Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  5. Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliablity and value.

app-icon

Get our app for homeowners

  • Send messages and get notifications from tradespeople
  • Add photos to get more accurate quotes
  • View tradespeople’s profiles