Drain Cleaning

Having a blocked or slow running drain on a property means that cleaning and investigation is probably needed. Debris that gets stuck within the drain creates obstacles that prevent the free flow of water. As more debris builds up behind these obstacles it could eventually result in a complete blockage.

As soon as you suspect your drains might not be flowing freely you should arrange for our professional drain cleaning service. The smell of sewage anywhere around your home is an obvious sign of an issue which drain cleaning could quickly resolve.

Our specialists use a range of equipment, including rods and powerful jets, to clean drains and remove debris that could cause a blockage if left unresolved.

Customer reviews

  • Excellent service. I called this morning at 8am and a technician was out by 12:30. Reece was polite and friendly and sorted out the clogged drain in no time flat. Would absolutely call Aspect again and recommend them highly.

    Van, Greenwich, SE10

  • Came late at night, worked hard to deal with pipe blockage (and flood) in the flat but main blockage was further down i.e. responsibility of building manager - told us exactly what to say to the manager to get it sorted! Many thanks.

    Anne, Camden, NW1

  • What a great and fast service from Aspect in our time of need. The drain engineer was with us within 2 hours - knew his stuff - not at all daunted and he got the drain running free again. Thank you ever so much for helping us out. Will not hesitate to recommend.

    Kavanagh, Borehamwood, WD6

Build-up in drains

The build-up of any material  that prevents the normal flow of water in drains will require drain cleaning. This can be even the smallest of obstacles that slows  water flow, from congealed fats and grease, to tree root ingress, to a foreign object which is stuck and is collecting debris behind it. 

It’s common to find that slow water flow comes from build-ups of fat and grease that have been washed down the kitchen sink. They can congeal and build up in the drain network.

London and the surrounding areas also suffer from scale build-up within pipes and drains due to the hardness of the water. Hard water has flowed through porous rocks, like limestone and chalk, and picked up mineral deposits on the way. 

These minerals build up over time on the inside of pipes and drains and need removing to keep water flow steady. These solid deposits are easily removed with a specially designed powerful coring or ‘milling’ machine.

Drains near trees and shrubs can also be prone to damage. Roots can grow through tiny cracks in pipework. As the roots grow, they open the cracks up which weakens the pipes. 

This can also lead to collapses in sections of the network. Our team can clear away roots using high power jetting machines. The water jets are so powerful they cut through the roots quickly. If drains have been damaged by root growth our experts can also carry out repairs to reline the pipe and seal the cracks.  

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What you get from Aspect

  • Experienced & vetted tradespeople
  • 24 hour availability for all trades
  • Dedicated Service Support Manager
  • Aspect Guarantee on workmanship
  • Peace of mind from trade accreditation

Occasional extra costs

  • Parts and materials used
  • Collection of parts and materials
  • Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge

We won’t charge you for

  • Cost of parking
  • Fuel or travel time
  • Congestion Charge

Drain cleaning and descaling

Combined with CCTV cameras and high pressure water jets, drain descaling involves using specialist coring equipment to remove scale and other deposits on the inside of clogged drains and pipework. This is sometimes referred to as drain milling, but the machinery used is exactly the same. 

Descaling is also an effective way to remove build up of rust in cast iron pipes, for example. Rust inside the pipework causing an obstruction is a common reason for our engineers being called out, and they’re well experienced in removing it. Along with the high pressure water jets, a chain attachment is used. The metal chain spins at a high speed and removes the rust or scale with ease.

If the rust build-up is really severe, then in some rare cases we will cut out that section of pipework and replace it.

A similarly quick and convenient method is drain rodding. It’s been around a long time but for good reason – it’s very effective in clearing away blockages. A variety of attachments can be fixed to the end of the rods to clear most stubborn clogs. Unless the blockage is particularly stubborn, it’s likely that a drainage engineer will start clearing your blocked drain with rods.

How often do drains need cleaning?

The frequency with which you’ll need to be cleaning your drains depends on a few things: 

  • Is it a commercial or residential property?
  • How many people live or work there?
  • How old is the property, and what condition is it in?
  • What processes are in place to prevent the wrong things entering the drainage network?
  • Is there a commercial kitchen in the property?

One of our drainage specialists can assess the demands being placed on your drains and recommend how frequently drain cleaning should be carried out. We’re happy discussing your drain cleaning requirements and agreeing a suitable preventative maintenance contract with you.

Need more info before booking? Someone from our team can call you.  Request a callback

Some of our accreditations

We’re fully trade accredited. Aspect is registered with the National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC). When you book an Aspect drainage engineer you can count on getting the professional expertise you’re looking for.

Chemical drain cleaners

They’re sometimes praised as a quick at-home solution, but chemical drain cleaners may not always be the best choice. The best ones don’t require you to mix any chemicals together and therefore minimise contact you have with the chemicals.

Drain cleaners should be used sparingly. If you have to use them frequently, you most likely have a blockage that needs professional clearing, or an issue that needs repair.

Drain cleaning products use strong chemicals which, when used regularly, can cause damage to your drainage system. The acids in the products are strong enough to erode pipework, so prolonged use can weaken the pipes which in turn can cause fractures and cracks. 

Similarly, mixing different products isn’t a good idea. They’ll most likely use different chemicals and could lead to a damaging chemical reaction in your pipework. So if you’ve used one chemical product that hasn’t cleared a blockage you should try to resist using a different one too.

We asked one of our top drainage specialists about the merit of using drain cleaners:

They’re not a great long term solution because you can’t see for certain if you’ve cleared a blockage for good after pouring them down and rinsing away. For persistent problems, it’s best to get someone in who can give you a definitive answer.

Account customers

We have a dedicated team of account handlers to support multi-site customers and commercial properties: Restaurants, Bars, Offices, Retail, Landlords, Letting Agencies, Hotels, Schools, Embassies, Care Homes and more

Update: We’ve briefed and equipped our tradespeople in response to the health crisis. See our policy for more details.

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