How to know when your drain is blocked

Signs of a Blocked Drain and What to Do Next


A blocked drain can be a major inconvenience, and it’s important to identify the signs of a blockage early to prevent further damage and expense. Here are some signs to look out for:


  1. Bad Smells: Foul odours are often the first sign of a blockage, especially in the kitchen where food waste can get stuck and begin to rot.

  2. Unusual Sounds: If you hear gurgling noises or notice a change in the sound of your pipes, it could be a sign of a blockage creating air pockets in the pipework.

  3. Slow or Non-Draining Sinks and Toilets: If your sink, shower or toilet is draining slowly, or not at all, this could be a sign of a blockage. If it is only one drain, the blockage is likely in the drain pipe connected to the appliance. If it’s consistent in all drains, the issue is likely to be in the sewer drain.


If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, it’s time to take action. Contact a professional waste management engineer to investigate the issue and take the necessary steps to unblock your drain.


It’s important to note that if your drainage system crosses over to a neighbouring property, the local water and sewage company may be responsible for the repair. Before attempting to unblock the system yourself, it’s always best to speak with a professional to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.


At West Wales Waste, our friendly engineers are available 24/7 to help you resolve any blocked drain issues. Contact us today to book a call out or for more information.

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