Post your job for free, get up to 3 quotes

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Find a local drainage specialist

This page has everything you’ll need to know about finding and hiring a drainage specialist. Learn about this trade and how they can help you around the home.

Browse Drainage Specialists

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

Jc landscaping is a family run buisness with 100s of happy Customers no job to big or to small all aspects of landscaping & roofing

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Colin on 22/2/2018

Work was carried out to satisfaction the original job was for repointing the chimney however we were pleased how the job was done and decided to go ahead to have the Roof of the house cleaned and treated which now looks like new and also the block paving driveway Was grubby with weeds growing and they cleaned that it now looks like it's just been laid and treated with weed killer and sealed really good job .

Otters plumbing here for you when you need us

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Julie on 22/2/2018

Very good service, communication and quality of output. He was also very considerate to the fact I had a new born baby. Thanks Vic, I'll definitely be recommending you.

My team and I pride ourselves in completing all work to a high standard and feel its important to communicate and work alongside the customer until all work is completed. We are City and Guilds qualified and have over 15 years experience in Groundworks.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by James on 22/2/2018

Competitive quote, the work was carried out professionally and Stevie's customer service/communication was second to none. Based on my experience, I can highly recommend this company and they would be my first contact for any future groundwork.

Costa & Robert Ltd provides specialist for complete building solutions: house extension/loft conversion/replacement windows/doors/shops front/home improvements/tanking slurry solutions/Helical stainless steel reinforcing bar for masonry repair and new construction/garage conversion/porch/canopy/conservatory /garden shed/wooden decking/parquet/painted house/water leak/Brick & Stone Cleaning/ 21 years experience building site/all team have CSCS card/NVQ Level 2/NVQ Level 3 supervision/Level 6 NVQ/SMSTS/Quality Management.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by James on 22/2/2018

Costa and his team came to quote and instantly I new they new their stuff. Quote was higher than expected at £1000 to install a glass roof in one day, however when I later found out that the sealent they needed was over half of the quoted price and labour of three people was needed it was very fair. Complex job installing very heavy glazzing units into a bespoke cieling at over 2.5m from ground and into a bespoke corner window. Job went well without any issues and looks fantastic. Highly recomend...

Professional reliable building and repairs.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Burglar Repairs

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Robert on 22/2/2018

Very good quality finish on my small plastering job. Clean and tidy, I would be happy to use again or to recommend.

I have worked in the tree/garden industry for over 20 years, this is what i love to do and take great pride in work, i also like to complete the job to the customers satisfaction, and won't leave a job until this is complete.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Garden Clearance

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Stan on 21/2/2018

Duncan turned up on time and did an excellent job in a professional manner. Well done Duncan it was a pleasure to meet you. As an aside this quote was very very competitive Give him a go you won’t regret it. Thanks Duncan.

Hello there! I perform a wide variety of odd jobs at residential properties and businesses both indoors and outdoors. My day-to-day tasks include general maintenance, plumbing, painting & decorating, gardening, installing appliances and oven repairs.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Demolition, Door / Window painting

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Steve on 21/2/2018

Luke came in with a competitive price and delivered an excellent job. He was very tidy in his work. Very pleased with the finished job. Highly recommended.

Hi my name is Sean Keegan I am a fully qualified plumber and heating engineer. I have a previous work background in roofing/building that I was doing for a number of years before retraining as a plumber and I have been plumbing now for 4 years

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Julie on 21/2/2018

Sean came in took radiator off the wall and made sure water supply did not come through the pipes. Done professionally. Would recommend and use again.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs, Demolition, Door Opening

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Andrew on 21/2/2018

Turned up quickly. Great price. Done in no time. Friendly and trustworthy.

When you need help with your plumbing, you can rely on Dyno Plumbing. Our local engineers can take care of all your plumbing needs there and then. We offer 24/7 service for plumbing emergencies, won't charge a call out fee and all our work is guaranteed.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Beaches on 21/2/2018

You guys never take payment in advance. I also specified in the costings under £100- why am i being asked for £150 to repair a flusher?

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

Blocked drains

Kitchen drain started filling up when I was having a shower. On Friday it looked like sewage in the kitchen sink

The property is believed to be...

The property is believed to be connected to the main sewer where access could be obtained. The underground drains were partially blocked and need...

Clearing of kitchen drains

Kitchen drains are clearing slowly from time to time and you can then heard it bobling away. Can also by smelly from time to time. There must be some...

Occasional foul smell in...

Semi detached prop built in 1960. When upstairs bathroom used, foul smell sometimes permeates into living room. Prop extended to rear in 2008 and as...

install drain for washing...

pipe work for washing machine needs to be in the ground. existing drain is approx. 20feet away. and needs a bit of repair

Replace broken drain pipe

A waste water (clay) pipe has broken and the waste water is not draining away. The pipe needs replacing.

Broken waste pipe needs fixing

My plastic waste pipe has become disconnected from the original steel waste pipe and is causing waste water to leak over my garden. originally the...

drain repair

Our drains have been blocked a number of times, and cleared professionally, however the problems keeps reoccurring. A camera has been down and found...

sink toilet

when use water it will drain slowly from sink.

unblocking

downpipe into soak away blocked

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.